Monthly Archives: January 2014

Automotive Detective Work in Salt Lake City

There's a reason we use the word “diagnose” when we talk about fixing cars in Salt Lake City. Figuring out what's wrong with your vehicle has a lot of similarities to figuring out what's wrong with someone who is ill. Vehicles are a mass of complex systems that can produce a variety of symptoms when something goes wrong. As with human diagnoses, a specific symptom may be indicative of a number of problems, and figuring out the specific cause takes training and experience.Sometimes the diagnosis of your vehicle's trouble comes down to a matter of trial-and-error. This can be frustrating for Salt Lake City drivers because time and money are on the line. You may feel you should only be paying for repair work. Of course, you only want to pay for the right repair – and a proper diagnosis is part of getting it right. Like at the doctor's office — some of what you pay for is the doctor's time and effort ... read more

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Diagnostics

Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

Modern vehicles in and around Salt Lake City run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for Salt Lake City drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks windows and sun roofs. And then us Utah drivers have all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers and DVD players.We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos. Plus there are all the engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off.Fortunately, battery technology has given Salt Lake City drivers resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. But the fact is, batteri ... read more

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Parts

Tracking True in Utah: Wheel Alignment in Salt Lake City

The biggest issue for Salt Lake City area drivers is always safety. When your vehicle wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you're vehicle is out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City. When undergoing an alignment service at Jerry Lambert Automotive, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are checked for damage. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the factory settings.Precision adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels going in exactly the same direction.Salt Lake City drivers should be aware of the signs of alignment problems. These include the car pulling to one side. Also, the steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you see the edges of ... read more

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Alignment

Steer Right in Salt Lake City

Virtually all vehicles come with power steering, so many Salt Lake City drivers have never driven a car or truck without it. Power steering assists you when you turn your vehicle steering wheel. Without it, it would be very hard to steer. Now this power assist comes in a couple of forms. In recent years, a lot of vehicles have an electric motor that reduces steering effort and helps improve performance and handling. The other kind of power steering is hydraulic. This is the kind most older Utah vehicles — and a lot of newer ones — have. Power steering fluid is pressurized by a pump and is used to assist steering. Of course, vehicles need the right amount of fluid in the system. If it's too low, your steering is affected and you could damage your vehicle pump. Also, power steering fluid can become corrosive over time and damage the pump, hoses and connectors, leading to leaks and repairs. Power s ... read more

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Steering

Jerry Lambert Automotive Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

Jerry Lambert Automotive Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

All Salt Lake City service advisors know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles. The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And on many vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures. (On some vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.) So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why your vehicle manufacturer and your service advisor at Jerry Lambert Automotive have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn't fail.Your friendly and knowledgeable Jerry Lambert Automotive service advisor can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon an ... read more

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Maintenance