Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Jerry Lambert Automotive Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

The team at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City, and Utah car owners are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Salt Lake City drivers want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more people in Salt Lake City can do? After all, some of us folks can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get from point A to point B. And that means buying more gas in Salt Lake City and producing more emissions.Of course, your vehicle's weight isn't negotiable. And you can't do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn't an article about diet and exercise.But look around your vehicle. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around? Do you really need y ... read more

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Fuel System

Keeping Your Engine Cool in Salt Lake City, Utah

The cooling system keeps Utah vehicle's engines from overheating while they are driving around Salt Lake City. Its job is to move heat away from the engine. Let's talk about the various components of the system and how they make this happen.The radiator is the part most Salt Lake City drivers associate with the cooling system. Coolant flows through the radiator which has fine cooling fins that draw the heat out of the coolant and dissipate it into the air. To make sure there's enough airflow over the radiator, a fan pulls air over the cooling fins even when the vehicle is idling.In some vehicles, the fan is powered by the serpentine belt. On others, an electric motor runs the fan. Electric fans turn on and off as needed. You may have heard the fan kick on shortly after you turn your vehicle off. The sensor has determined that the engine needs a little help cooling down to a safe temperature.A hose connects the radiator to the water pump ... read more

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Cooling System

Line Them Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Jerry Lambert Automotive

Hello Salt Lake City! Let's talk about alignment. One of the most important parts of preventive maintenance for your vehicle is keeping the wheels in alignment. Poor alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly, which can significantly reduce their lifespan. This means you will have to replace them more often, which can be costly for drivers in Salt Lake City.It can even damage your suspension system, which is costly to repair. But even more importantly, uneven tread wear can lead to blowouts on the road, a dangerous and potentially deadly safety risk for Salt Lake City drivers and their passengers.It may not take an accident or bad driving habits to “knock” your tires out of alignment. Tires can go out of alignment with just everyday Utah driving. Salt Lake City road hazards, pot holes, uneven or gravel roads, and even the bumps and bounces of normal Salt Lake City roads and surface streets can gradually put your vehicle tires out of align ... read more

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Alignment

Time Out: Suspension Problems in Salt Lake City

Your vehicle's suspension system has two jobs: to prevent the passengers from getting tossed around inside the vehicle every time it hits a bump in the road and to keep the tires firmly planted on the road around every corner and over every bump.To see your suspension system, you'll have to look under your vehicle. Anything that connects the wheels to the vehicle's frame is part of the suspension system. They're heavy-duty parts that work hard while you're driving and take a lot of wear and tear. Because of this, you should have your technician at Jerry Lambert Automotive look at them once a year as part of your preventive maintenance routine. A good time for it is every time you get your alignment checked. If your suspension is in trouble, you often feel it in how your vehicle drives. You should get a check of your suspension system: if the vehicle pulls to one side or wanders, if the steering is erratic, if your ride isn't as smoo ... read more

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Suspension