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Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in Salt Lake City, Utah

Every car in Salt Lake City, Utah, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sense Visible and audible devices Immobilizing devices Tracking devices Let's review each of these. One is common sense; you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in Utah where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it's against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.And don't leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. Salt Lake City drivers would be wise to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park near th ... read more

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Automotive News

Coolant Service at Jerry Lambert Automotive

Salt Lake City residents' vehicles have to operate in a wide range of Utah temperatures which requires the engine coolant to be able to perform 'no matter what.' Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive...And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect against corrosion for all of these different materials. That's why vehicle manufacturer’s recommend different types of anti-freeze for our Salt Lake City, Utah, vehicles.There are several different 'families' of anti-freeze available to us here in Salt Lake City. Your owner's manual will tell you what kind you should use. Of course, the automotive professionals at Jerry Lambert Automotive will know the right kind for your vehicle.It's important to stay on top of this because coolant system fail ... read more

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Cooling System

Fuel Filter Replacement

Hello Salt Lake City resident! You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your vehicle feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good fuel economy. The fuel filter's job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that it won't start or run. Some fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows fuel to go around the clogged filter so your vehicle will still run. But, then the contaminated fuel can clog your fuel injectors and allow particles into your engine.A vehicle with a partially clogged fuel filter might run well around Salt Lake City, but sputter and strain on the because it's starving for gas. There are two things that affect how often you need to replace the filter. They are: where you drive in Utah and the gas you buy. If you drive a lot on dirt or gravel roads in rura ... read more

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Fuel System

Recommended Service Intervals at Jerry Lambert Automotive

Most people in the Salt Lake City area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards. Some of these standards are self-imposed and others, like those for emissions components, are government mandated for areas in Utah.The maintenance schedules are designed to achieve the standards. Think of the benefits of following recommended intervals as falling into three general categories: Protection, Efficiency and Safety.Protection. Let's start with motor oil. First of all, the engineers recommend a particular weight and type of motor oil for your vehicle. All of their oil change recommendations assume using the proper motor oil. Motor oil contains detergents and other additives that clean the engine and provide corrosion resistance ... read more

Keeping Your Salt Lake City Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter? A. A filter for your Salt Lake City house?B. A fresh, piney scent?C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it's C.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters out common Utah air particles like dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, exhaust gas, odors and even sparrows.These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.Not all Salt Lake City vehicles have cabin air filters. They are fairly new on the scene in Utah. Last check, about 40 percent of new vehicles sold in Salt Lake City come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year. Cabin air filters make driving a lot more pleasant for people in Salt Lake City. Your vehicle can be a haven during our Utah allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. Of course, like all filters, the ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring for Your Salt Lake City Vehicle

Salt Lake City drivers may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in Utah come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around the Salt Lake City area have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system – called TPMS – consists of sensors on each wheel that measure tire pressure.If tire pressure drops 25 percent below the vehicle manufacture’s recommended pressure, the sensor sends a signal to a monitoring unit that causes a warning to light up on the dashboard. When drivers see the warning light, they know it's time to put some air in the tires.There are many benefits to people in Salt Lake City who drive with properly inflated tires. First is cost savings. Running at the correct air pressure improves fuel economy. Driving on underinflated tires is like driving through sand – it drags down your fuel economy. Drivers in Salt Lake City will also see longer, more eve ... read more

Engine Air Filter from Jerry Lambert Automotive

Many Salt Lake City drivers have found themselves in the following situation: They go to get their oil changed and their friendly service advisor at Jerry Lambert Automotive recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don't know what an air filter is or what it does.If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask your Jerry Lambert Automotive service advisor for more information. It's your vehicle and you have a right to understand what you're paying for.Let's review: "What does an air filter do?"Air is the focus of this discussion. What is the air like outside in Salt Lake City right now? Can you see any smog? Is it full of pollen? How about dust? Anyone in Utah with hay fever can tell you that there's plenty in the air that you can't see. Well, the engine air filter's job is to clean that air before it goes into your vehicle engine, to mix with the f ... read more

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Fuel System

Tire Rotation and Balancing at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City

Tires do a lot of work for Salt Lake City drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around Salt Lake City. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With such important work to do, you want your tires to do their job well. And since replacing tires is fairly pricey, you want them to last as long as possible. There are three keys to long, even tire wear for Salt Lake City driving: Proper tire inflation Proper wheel alignment Regular tire rotation and balancing The front tires on a car take the brunt of the steering forces. As they push through turns, the shoulders of the front tires wear down more quickly than the rear tires. Rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate. That's especially true of front-wheel-drive vehicles whose front tires steer and put the power to t ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our Murray area shoe stores?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pair of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires?When you choose new tires in Salt Lake City, what's the most important factor for you? Give us a call at Jerry Lambert Automotive at 801-466-8226 for tire recommendations. You know, buying tires in Salt Lake City is a big deal. It's a big ticket item so you know you'll be spending a lot. You're not only concerned about the price, but you want to know that it'll be a long time before you need to buy new tires again.And of course there's the safety aspect as well. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. They need to be up to the task. Yo ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in Salt Lake City

About 90% of our driving decisions in the Salt Lake City area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most Salt Lake City drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the Salt Lake City area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.Salt Lake City drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll s ... read more

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Maintenance