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Differential Service at Jerry Lambert Automotive

Here at AutoNetTV, we have national viewers, like your neighbors in Salt Lake City, who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we're asked is: "What is a differential and what does it do?" You may have been told by your Jerry Lambert Automotive service advisor that your differential needs serviced, or it's seen it as an option up on the service menu. Differential service at Jerry Lambert Automotive covers a lot of things, so let's first talk about what a differential does.As you drive through a turn, your outside wheels and inside wheels turn at different speeds. Kind of like the cars going around a race track - the ones driving in the outside lanes have a greater distance to travel than the cars in the inside lanes. The differential is what allows the outside and inside drive wheels to rotate at slightly different speeds so that the tires don't hop or skip while taking corners, or lose traction in dirt or ... read more

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Drive Train

Automotive Tips from Jerry Lambert Automotive: Rotor Problems

The brake rotor, or disc, is attached to your wheel. The brake pads rub on the rotor to slow your car when you are driving in Salt Lake City.Rotors can warp, crack or become misaligned. They can also be damaged by worn out brake pads that scratch grooves into the surface. These conditions result in less contact surface for the brake pads, leaving you with reduced braking power.Over time and miles, rotors can also wear down below safe specifications. It is important for Salt Lake City drivers to know that simply replacing brake pads on a wheel with a bad rotor will not solve the problem. Depending on their condition, rotors may be resurfaced or replaced.Brake noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal are signs of potential brake problems that should be addressed right away. If you have any brake concerns, please have your friendly and professional Jerry Lambert Automotive tech perform a thorough inspection.Give us a call.Jerry Lambert Automotive398 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, Utah ... read more

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Brakes

Speak Up: Talking with Your Jerry Lambert Automotive Service Advisor

About 80% of the vehicles on Salt Lake City roads today are behind on their preventive maintenance schedules. That translates to about 160 million vehicles in the United States that aren't performing as well as they could be - thousands right here in Utah. Some of the maintenance issues are minor. Others represent serious safety concerns. There are many reasons Salt Lake City drivers neglect their routine car care. Some of the more common ones are complacency, lack of confidence, lack of trust and budget issues. Modern vehicles are amazingly reliable compared to their older counterparts. They can run for years without any repairs, and we sometimes translate that to mean they don't need any maintenance. The trouble is that without maintenance, parts in the vehicle are gradually wearing out, fluids are getting dirty, oil is developing sludge — a lot of stuff is happening that we can't see, and it is destroying the vehicle. The first time we learn t ... read more

Beware of Cheap Tires in Salt Lake City

Do you like to shop for shoes in Salt Lake City?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 pairs of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires? Salt Lake City drivers should also think about the safety aspect of tires. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. You want to be sure they hold the road and provide good traction on Utah freeways and surface streets. If you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on Utah highways, the tires need a high load rating.Ask your friendly and knowledgeable Salt Lake City tire professional at Jerry Lambert Automotive. I think it's important that Salt Lake City residents understand the effect of price on a tire's quality, performance and durability. When I was a kid, my dad would say, &ldquo ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Save Fuel by Watching Your Weight

Most Salt Lake City drivers are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Utah folks want to save the environment and our pocketbooks.And we Salt Lake City drivers all know — or should know — that preventive maintenance will help maintain maximum fuel efficiency. But is there something more we can do? After all, some of us Salt Lake City road warriors can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get around Salt Lake City. And that means buying more gas and producing more emissions.Of course, your vehicle's weight isn't negotiable. And you can't do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn't an article about diet and exercise.But look around your car. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight while driving around Salt Lake City? Do you really need yo ... read more

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Fuel Economy

Jerry Lambert Automotive Brake Service for Safe Stopping in Salt Lake City

Let's talk about something critical for all Salt Lake City drivers: your brakes. Your vehicle is heavy, and it takes a lot of muscle to bring it and your passengers to a safe stop – so everything needs to be in good working order. Here's an explanation on how your disc brakes work: The wheel hub keeps your wheel attached to your vehicle. The brake disc – or rotor – is attached to the hub and rotates with the wheel as you drive around Salt Lake City. Your brake pads clamp onto the rotor to slow the wheel.The brake caliper straddles the rotor and squeezes the rotor to slow it down. The calipers contain brake pads which press on the rotor when you put your foot on the brake. The brake piston causes the calipers to squeeze and release as you use your vehicle brakes.Your brake pads start to wear the first time you step on the brakes. E ... read more

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Brakes

The Jerry Lambert Automotive Guide to Servicing Your Differential

Differential? What's that? And what's it for? I've been told by my service advisor that I need to get it serviced, but is that on the level?Do these questions sound familiar? They're not uncommon for Salt Lake City drivers. A lot of us in Salt Lake City don't know what a differential is or what it's for. Every vehicle has a differential, and, yes, it does need to be serviced. In fact, it's more important to the operation of your vehicle than the air conditioner or windshield wipers.A differential allows your vehicle tires to move at different speeds. This happens more than you think. The best example is when a vehicle is turning. The inside wheel travels a much shorter distance than the outside wheel during a turn. This means the outside wheel has to move faster than the inside wheel. Without a differential, your tires would hop and skip while turning. They would also lose traction in sand or snow.The location of your differential depends on ... read more

How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Salt Lake City

There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in Salt Lake City can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get a new computer at our nearest Salt Lake City computer store. But computer experts know that there are things you can do to delay the need for a new computer purchase. You can run utilities that clean off temporary files and clean your memory registry. You can optimize your hard drive and a number of other things.What you're doing is maintaining your computer to make it efficient. It's the same thing with your vehicle. You maintain it to make it more efficient. It works the way it was designed to and that means it uses less fuel while you drive around Salt Lake City. And you save money.To help organize our discussion, let's think of things that rob us of fuel ... read more

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Fuel System

What to Do After You Buy a Used Vehicle in Salt Lake City

So you've bought a used vehicle in the Salt Lake City area. Do you know what you're getting? It is hard to know what you're getting because people in the Salt Lake City area sell vehicles for different reasons. Think about why you've sold vehicles. Did you just want something new or were there problems that you wanted to run away from? Maybe it was a little of both.Used vehicles in Utah with 25,000 to 35,000 miles/40,000 to 55,000 km on them are often lease returns, corporate program cars or rental fleet vehicles. Most Salt Lake City buyers feel pretty confident about these because they're newer and may still be under warranty. But how well have they been maintained?Salt Lake City drivers who are planning to own a vehicle for a long time will keep up on auto maintenance so that they can avoid repairs down the road. But, if you know you're only going to have the vehicle for two or three years, you may not be so committed to maintenance. It would ... read more

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Older Vehicles

What Salt Lake City Customers like About Us at Jerry Lambert Automotive

A big part of the service we provide at Jerry Lambert Automotive for our Salt Lake City customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions from our valued Salt Lake City area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our Jerry Lambert Automotive automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask. We've found our Salt Lake City customers like the service reminders. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufactures’ published maintenance schedules and that Jerry Lambert Automotive is not just pulling them out of the air. We know that people in Salt Lake City live a busy life with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace the PCV valve on their vehicle. Part of our Jerry Lambert Automotive service process is checking the vehicle manufacture's schedule to make sure we do ... read more