Monthly Archives: June 2015

Drive Train - What You Need to Know in Salt Lake City

One Salt Lake City automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around Salt Lake City, but they're very important. First let's define what the driveline is:Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and transmission. The driveline starts there and includes all of the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels.That's not really a lot of components, but they handle the full force of the engine. Without the driveline you're not moving. So Salt Lake City residents need to take good care of it. The driveline components differ depending on whether your vehicle has front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive or four wheel drive. For purposes of our discussion, we're going to have to oversimplify a bit. If you are ready to have your drive train looked at, give us a call at 801-466-8226. Let's start with front wheel drive. The ... read more

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Shake It up in Salt Lake City!: Why Wheel Balancing

Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, we generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to achieve this is to keep a vehicle's wheels in balance. When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, it is usually out of balance. This means that as the wheel spins, there is a slight wobble to the path of the tire. For best handling performance and safety on the road, Salt Lake City drivers want to minimize this wobble as much as possible. So we balance our tires. To balance a tire, your technician at Jerry Lambert Automotive spins it on a machine or drum to determine where it is off-balance. He then attaches weights that counter-balance the uneven weight. Most people in Salt Lake City are surprised at how much balancing improves the smoothness of their ride. High-quality tires generally hold their balance well. But over time, wear and tear take their toll and tires can become unbalanced. Salt Lake ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Jerry Lambert Automotive Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

Utah service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some Salt Lake City drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.Jerry Lambert Automotive fuel system cleaning: Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.Jerry Lambert Automotive headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It's usually good to change them every year or so.Jerry Lambert Automotive inspections: Salt Lake City drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they're going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle's ready for a Utah summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used vehicle and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal some things that ar ... read more

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Maintenance

Drive Train Service in Salt Lake City at Jerry Lambert Automotive

The drive train in your vehicle includes all the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels. Those components differ depending on what type of vehicle you drive, namely, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The preventive maintenance your driveshaft needs will also differ by what type of vehicle you drive.Let's start with front-wheel drive. In this vehicle, the transmission and the differential are combined in one component, known as the transaxle. The transaxle is connected to two half-shafts (axles), which are then connected to the wheels with a constant velocity (or CV) joint, which is protected by an airtight rubber boot.Jerry Lambert Automotive service for this type of driveline includes servicing the transaxle and inspecting the CV boot. If the boot is damaged, the CV joint will need to be inspected, and the boot will need to be replaced. If you hear a clicking ... read more

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Cool Breeze: Air Conditioning Service at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City

Most Utah auto owners know that their vehicles need regular preventive maintenance like changing the oil and filters, rotating the tires and refilling the washer fluid. But did you know that your air conditioning system needs routine maintenance as well? Taking care of your air conditioning system can extend its life and prevent costly repair bills.Why is it important for Salt Lake City area drivers to get routine maintenance on their air conditioning system? First, the refrigerant contains an added lubricant. As the refrigerant circulates through the air conditioning system, its parts are lubricated. This constant lubrication keeps the parts functioning well. But over time, this lubricant is used up, and without it, the parts will eventually seize up and fail.Salt Lake City folks should understand, however, that the air conditioner will continue to pump out cool air even without the lubricant, so you won't kno ... read more

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Below 45 Degrees in Salt Lake City: Consider Winter Tires

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and Salt Lake City drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. Utah drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever.Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the Salt Lake City area are much better designed for the wide range of conditions that come with Utah winter weather. They are made with a rubber compound that helps them stay flexible in cold weather. Regular tires become hard and stiff at Salt Lake City temperatures below 45°F (7° C) which reduces their traction. That's a concern in winter, especially with snowy or wet conditions. But it also means that Salt Lake City drivers are better off with winter tires in cold weather even when it's dry.The tread design on winter tires has been impr ... read more

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Tires and Wheels