Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Right Automotive Fluids for Salt Lake City Drivers

All those automotive fluids can be confusing for Salt Lake City drivers. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won't work as well and could even cause damage.In addition to new grades of engine oil, many vehicles now leave the factory with synthetic oil. People in Salt Lake City should always use the grade recommended by their manufacturer. All coolant, also called antifreeze, used to be green. Now there are several other colors of coolant sold at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City. Each type is designed to protect the cooling system components that are particular to your vehicle. The wrong stuff can void your vehicle cooling system warranty and could even cause engine damage.Most passenger vehicles on Salt Lake City roads today use either DOT 3, DOT ... read more

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Budget for Maintenance in Salt Lake City

Sometimes busy Salt Lake City residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around Utah in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time Salt Lake City residents spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple — you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today's Salt Lake City drivers would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience, and it's likely that yesterday's Salt Lake City drivers didn't care much for i ... read more

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Maintenance

Using Proper Fluids in Your vehicle

Today, Jerry Lambert Automotive is writing about the proper fluids for your vehicle. It's become more complicated with changes in automotive design and manufacturing. It's not that people in Salt Lake City are confused as much as they don't realize how much things have changed in recent years. If you have questions about the fluids in your vehicle, please don't hesitate to stop by Jerry Lambert Automotive. You can find us on 398 E 3300 S in Salt Lake City, Utah 84115.Just give us a call at 801-466-8226. Let's take engine oil. Twenty or 30 years ago, there were just a handful of different weights of oil. The weight of an oil is a scientific measure of its properties, particularly its viscosity or thickness.It was common in those days to use a lighter weight oil in the winter when it's cold outside. That way the oil would be able to splash around inside the engine and protect the parts before it was fully warmed up. A ... read more

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Fluids

Under Pressure in Salt Lake City: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in Salt Lake City, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely underinflated.Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause crashes and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on Utah roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, Salt Lake City drivers who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that this has serious safety concern ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

The Check Engine Light strikes fear into the hearts of some Salt Lake City drivers, and is totally ignored by just as many. Just what it means is a mystery to most people. Let's get the urgency issues out of the way first. If your Check Engine light is flashing, that means that something is wrong that could cause engine damage. Naturally, you need to get that taken care of right away. If your check engine light is flashing, you shouldn't drive at high speeds, tow or haul heavy loads. Take it easy all the way to your Salt Lake City service center. If the light is glowing steadily, you should keep an eye on it for a day or two. If the light doesn't go off, schedule an appointment with your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Jerry Lambert Automotive to get it checked out.Some more information on how the Check Engine light works may be helpful for Salt Lake City drivers. Most of your engine functions ... read more