Monthly Archives: October 2016

Automotive Tips from Jerry Lambert Automotive: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Jerry Lambert Automotive we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prevents the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise for Salt Lake City drivers.Your vehicle manufacturer has a recommended mileage interval for serpentine belt replacement. A complete accessory drive system service replaces the serpentine belt, the belt tensioner and any idler pulleys your car might have. Your friendly and professional Jerry Lambert Automotive service advisor can inspect your system and let you know if it’s time for a replacement.Give us a call.Jerry Lambert Automotive398 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, Utah 84115801-466-8226  

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Serpentine Belt

Automotive Tips from Jerry Lambert Automotive: Tire Replacement Overview

Tires are an expensive purchase, so knowing when tires should be replaced is important for Salt Lake City drivers. Tires will just wear out with normal use. The depth of the tread on your tire determines how well it will stop, start and steer – especially in wet conditions. 4/32th of an inch (3.2 mm) of tire tread is considered a safe amount of tread.Uneven tread wear can be a symptom of other problems, and simply replacing your tires will not prevent the same uneven wear from happening to the new tires. At Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City, we can inspect your tires for excessive or uneven wear. Unusual wear may lead to further inspection of steering, suspension or alignment problems. We can help with necessary repairs and with getting you the right tires for your needs.Give us a call.Jerry Lambert Automotive398 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, Utah 84115801-466-8226

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Tires and Wheels

Hitting the Brakes in Salt Lake City

Safety should always be an element of your vehicle care. So even if you don't care about how your vehicle looks, you should practice preventive maintenance to protect yourself — and other Salt Lake City drivers — on the road. And good safety starts with good brakes.Brakes need a regular inspection. There are  parts that wear out or wear down, and it's best to replace them before you have serious problems. Of course, if you are having trouble with your brakes, NOW is the time to fix them. If your brake warning light is on, that's a good sign that you need your brakes checked. You can also tell something is wrong with your brakes by the feel of the pedal or unusual sounds while braking. If the brake pedal is low, feels spongy when you press it or is hard to push, that indicates a problem with your brakes. If you hear squealing, grinding or clunking noises when you brake, that can also indicate serious problems. If vibrations acco ... read more

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Brakes

Improve Your Night Vision When Driving in Salt Lake City

Night driving in Salt Lake City is not as safe as daylight driving as evidenced by the increased accident rate at night. Much of that is simply because it's dark outside.Visibility is important to safe driving. Ninety percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. And at night, we just can't see as much as we can during the day. In fact, if you have 20/20 vision during the day, your night vision is only 20/50. To translate, that means that an object you can clearly see 50 feet away during daylight, only becomes visible to you at 20 feet at night.Reaction time is also related to visibility. Salt Lake City motorists don't react to a situation until they see it. So at night, we're reacting to situations later just because it takes longer to see them. But we don't have to stop driving at night to stay safe. We just need to practice some preventive maintenance and vehicle care that will maximize our night vision.The most crucial item that h ... read more

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Headlamps

Automotive Tips from Jerry Lambert Automotive: Brake Noise

Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car when driving in Salt Lake City. They eventually wear down.When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound. That’s when Salt Lake City drivers should replace their brake pads at Jerry Lambert Automotive. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.If your brakes are making noise, ask your Jerry Lambert Automotive service advisor to inspect your brakes. Addressing problems early will restore your safety and prevent expensive brake damage.Jerry Lambert Automotive398 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, Utah 84115801-466-8226

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Brakes