Monthly Archives: March 2014

Fuel Saving Tip: Auto Myths Around Salt Lake City

Fuel Saving Tip: Auto Myths Around Salt Lake City

With high fuel prices in Salt Lake City, Utah, comes lots of gas saving advice. Some of it, like what you hear on   is great.  When you get one of those e-mails that's going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through.Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics?Do some research on the internet or ask your Salt Lake City, Utah, service advisor at Jerry Lambert Automotive.There aren't any magic pills you can drop in your gas tank, and the government hasn't suppressed a device you can clamp on your fuel line to make your vehicle run on air. Not even in Salt Lake City!So next time you get one of those e-mails, check it out with an automotive professional. You'll get more bang for your buck with an oil change or an engine air filter replacement.We're here for you at Jerry Lambert Automotive, so give us a call at 801-466-8226 for good honest advice about your vehicle. Jerry Lambert Automoti ... read more

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Fuel System

How to Know When to Change Your Oil at Jerry Lambert Automotive

Today in the Jerry Lambert Automotive auto care blog, we're going to talk to Salt Lake City drivers about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, oil change intervals become longer for Jerry Lambert Automotive customers. For example, recently four of the world's largest vehicle manufacturer's shortened the published intervals for several of their engine models. They originally published intervals that extended out to a much as 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometers).In real world Salt Lake City driving, the oil started to sludge up before the recommended change interval. Oil sludge is a thick jelly-like substance: quite literally petroleum jelly – like Vaseline. This goop was clogging vehicle small engine passages so the oil wouldn't flow to some parts of the engine. This resulted in engine damage. We see it too often at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City.The vehicle manufacturers began to offer an extended warranty to cover sludge dama ... read more

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Fluids

Transmission Service at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City

Let's talk about transmission service. It can be easy for Salt Lake City drivers to forget about getting their transmission serviced because it doesn't need it very often. It's easier for people in Utah to remember to change the engine oil - you know, every 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But proper transmission servicing keeps your vehicle running smoothly and helps you avoid repairs down the road.The transmission undergoes a lot of stress. The grit you can see in used transmission fluid is actually bits of metal that wear off the gears in the transmission. In addition to that, the transmission operates at very high temperatures. Usually it's much higher than engine temperatures. Those high temperatures eventually cause the transmission fluid to start to break down and lose efficiency.As the fluid gets older, it gets gritty and doesn't lubricate and cool the vehicle transmission as well - leading to even more wear. The fluid can actually get sludgy and plug up the maze of f ... read more

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Transmission

Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Salt Lake City, Utah

Let's talk about alternative fuel vehicles. In their quest to reduce the use of fossil fuels and harmful exhaust emissions in our Utah environment, automakers will have a number of alternatives for Salt Lake City drivers very soon.For instance, Flex Fuel vehicles are already available in the Salt Lake City area. Flex Fuel vehicles can run on gasoline or on E85 fuel. E85 is a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The ethanol is made from corn. The benefits to Salt Lake City drivers are in using less petroleum and reduced pollution. The drawbacks are that E85 gets lower gas mileage and when gas prices are low, E85 can be more than straight gasoline.Salt Lake City drivers should only use E85 if they have a Flex Fuel compatible engine. Flex Fuel vehicles have special seals and gaskets that can stand up to the high alcohol content of E85. Using E85 in a regular engine can lead to gas leaks and fires.Diesel engines have b ... read more

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Fuel System