Monthly Archives: June 2017

Automotive Tips from Jerry Lambert Automotive: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Salt Lake City drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at Jerry Lambert Automotive to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper belt tension. The tensioner should be replaced along with the timing belt and any idler pulleys at the vehicle manufacturer’s specified service interval. Your Jerry Lambert Automotive service advisor can help you with the timing belt.Give us a call.Jerry Lambert Automotive398 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, Utah 84115801-466-8226

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Timing Belt

Picking the Right Tires in Salt Lake City

Shopping for tires in Salt Lake City can be bewildering because there are many choices. Let's simplify. There are four main classifications of tires, each designed for different purposes.First off, there are summer tires. Those who buy summer tires in Salt Lake City are looking for maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to help stick to the road on fast corners on Utah roads. The tread has wide blocks at the shoulder to stiffen the tire in turns. The tread design can handle rain but really isn't set up for snow and ice. Next comes winter tires. Salt Lake City people buy winter tires because they still like performance driving when it's cold and slippery on Utah roads, so they need a tread design that'll really bite into ice and snow. The rubber compound is formulated to stay pliable when temperatures drop below 45 degrees F/7 degrees C so they get great traction even on dry roads. On the other end of the winter tire spectrum ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Automotive Tips from Jerry Lambert Automotive: Causes of Wheel Misalignment

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Salt Lake City drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like a major crash, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday Salt Lake City driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. Your car can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, the team of automotive professionals at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City can return your wheels to the factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest an inspection every year or two.Give us a call.Jerry Lambert Automotive398 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, Utah 84115801-466-8226

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Alignment

Serpentine Belt Service at Jerry Lambert Automotive

Most Salt Lake City folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Salt Lake City market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory ... read more

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Maintenance

Improve Fuel Economy with Proper Maintenance at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City

With Salt Lake City gas prices being what they are, many of us in Utah are driving less and looking into purchasing smaller or more efficient vehicles. Salt Lake City area residents who have to drive a lot, have large families or need four-wheel drive are particularly hard hit by the cost of fuel in Utah. But there are things all Salt Lake City drivers can do to save fuel: We can improve our driving habits and stay on top of preventive maintenance at Jerry Lambert Automotive. These things make small savings possible, but they can really add up.Let's start with driving habits. One major gas-eater is jackrabbit starts. A smooth, gradual acceleration uses a lot less fuel. It's also easier on your engine and drivetrain, so you'll prolong their lives as well.If you drive with one foot on the brake, stop. That creates drag, increasing fuel usage and reducing the useful life of your brakes.Slowing down can really add up on gas savings over time for Salt Lake ... read more

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Fuel Economy