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5 Quick Tips for Hiring the Best Transmission Repair Shop SLC

5 Quick Tips for Hiring the Best Transmission Repair Shop SLC

Auto repair shops are not that hard to find nowadays; the challenge is to find the best transmission repair shop for your vehicle. There are essential things to consider when deciding  the auto mechanics that you would entrust your car to. Your transmission is a vital part of your car, and you can’t just risk having an inexperienced mechanic taking it apart and trying out repairs. If this is your first time to encounter transmission problems, it can be a major hassle. In most cases, it will cost quite an amount of money on labor and new parts. Essential Tips in Choosing the Best Transmission Repair Shop When faced with transmission issues, you need to be discerning when choosing the best transmission repair shop for your car. Having an integral part of your vehicle taken down and repaired can’t be left to newbie mechanics. We share simple tips that you can apply to make your transmission repair experience stress free. Fair Pricing Most auto repair ... read more

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High-Quality Toyota Auto Repair Service in Salt Lake City

High-Quality Toyota Auto Repair Service in Salt Lake City

Cars are like the human body. When you take care of it, the more reliable it becomes. Buying a car is the easy part; the challenge comes when you need auto repair service to maintain your vehicle. Imagine having to face regular car breakdowns. This is the last thing a Toyota car owner would want to face. The benefits of regular car maintenance are invaluable. To make things easier, you should look for a trusted and reliable Toyota Auto Repair Service in Salt Lake City that can provide all your needs. Benefits of Regular Car Maintenance by a Trusted Auto Repair Service Shop Reliability If your car is well-maintained, it will always give you peak performance. You can count on it to bring you anywhere at any time. No more daily breakdowns. If your car is a part of your daily commute, you will appreciate the increased reliability of your vehicle. Slow down Depreciation There will come a time when you would want to sell your old car to buy a newer o ... read more

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Check Engine Light Service in Salt Lake City from Jerry Lambert Automotive

Check Engine Light Service in Salt Lake City from Jerry Lambert Automotive

Want to Know Why Your Check Engine Light is On? Imagine driving along in your vehicle, and all of a sudden, a yellow, orange, or amber light turns on in your dash telling you to check your engine. Like most car owners in Utah, you may not have a clue about what the light is trying to tell you or what the next step should be. Usually, you get this sinking feeling in your gut that repairs need to be scheduled. This is why you need a trusted and reliable service center that can provide a check engine light service in Salt Lake City UT. At Jerry Lambert Automotive, our expert technicians are always ready to help you make the proper diagnosis when your check engine light turns on. What Does the Check Engine Light Means? The check engine light is one of the most misunderstood indicators in a vehicles’ dashboard. It can signify many different things like a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine. Some car owners would overreact and pull over to the side of ... read more

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Tips for Tire Care Between Auto Service Visits

When it comes to your vehicle, no matter the make or model, tires are some of the most important elements. Key for both safety and performance, tires are part of the foundation of any car, truck, SUV or other vehicle.  At Jerry Lambert Automotive, we have tire service available for every vehicle on the road. Beyond offering options like mounting, balancing and rotation, we can also show you a few handy tips for keeping an eye on your tires as you drive between service appointments. Here are a few important areas to consider: Tread Depth One of the most important parts of the tire is the tread, which is what actually grips the road and allows you a high level of control while you drive. It’s also very important for braking, one of the largest safety areas when driving a vehicle. Unfortunately, though, tread depth does wear down over time as tires spin hundreds of thousands of ... read more

Diagnosing Vehicle Leak Meanings

Particularly for those who aren’t too car-savvy, there’s nothing worse than finding a leak coming from your vehicle. There are several different liquids in a given car, and those of us who aren’t automotive professionals might be intimidated in these situations. Luckily, the pros at Jerry Lambert Automotive are here to help. Our services include everything from battery replacement to brake repair, oil changes and more, and we can also identify and address any leak issues taking place. But we also want to help relieve any stress or panic you might have upon first noticing the leak to begin with – with that in mind, here are some basics on the common sources of leaks, plus what the appearance of the leak can tell you about what your next steps should be.  Leak Source The first step when you discover a leak from your vehicle is determining where it’s c ... read more

Causes of Decreasing Gas Mileage

Causes of Decreasing Gas Mileage

Whether you drive a new or used car, a 2018 model or a classic, gas mileage is an important factor for you as a vehicle owner. Modern vehicles are built with better and better gas mileage, but many owners will notice that over time, their gas mileage begins to decrease for reasons they can’t quite pinpoint. At Jerry Lambert Automotive, several parts oour automotive maintenance services will help you maintain your vehicle’s gas mileage. From basic oil change services up to larger repairs and emissions, we’ve got you covered completely in this area. We can also offer some important expertise on the subject – here are six common causes of decreasing gas mileage in a vehicle, plus how you can ward off these developments with simple habits. Driving Habits Driving aggressively on a regular basis can wear down several elements of a vehicle, and is also likely wasting your gas. Revving the engine ... read more

Why Tire Pressure Fluctuates in Fall

Why Tire Pressure Fluctuates in Fall

No vehicle can operate properly without quality and well-maintained tires, and at Jerry Lambert Automotive, we’re here to help. Our wide range of tire sales and service offerings includes everything from basic tire mounting to inspection and rotation, with services available for numerous major tire brands on the market.  One area that’s particularly important for tires, especially during the fall season we’re in right now, is pressure level. Tires that aren’t inflated properly will wear down faster and also cause potential vehicle issues. The fall is a curious period, though, one where outdoor temperatures fluctuate fairly significantly – and this can have an effect on your tire pressure. Here are some basics on this phenomenon and how to tell it apart from actual tire pressure issues.  TMPS and Temperature For most vehicles on the road today, tires falling below a ... read more

By the Numbers: Tire Replacement at Jerry Lambert Automotive

Ever notice that your tire is covered with writing? It's like some hieroglyphic art form. Of course, drivers know that it's not just graffiti, but to most of us, it might as well be. Would you like to know what all those codes on your tire mean? It won't lead you to buried treasure, but it could help you make a better tire purchase at your local tire store. Prominently featured on your tire is a set of numbers and letters that looks something like this: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The first number is the width of the tire in millimeters, or the width between the sidewalls of the tire when it is fully inflated and not carrying a load. When you replace your tires, they need to match this width number, or the tires won't fit properly in the wheel wells. The 50 is the aspect ratio of the tire, which is measured by taking the height of the sidewalls and dividing it by the tread width. If you drive off-road around area, it should have a higher aspect ratio. For high performance on th ... read more

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How to Get Honest Auto Repairs

When you take your car into the auto shop for servicing, you have every reason to expect to be treated with honesty and integrity. However, it’s pretty hard to know when you are lied to, over charged, or taken advantage of, when automotive care is not your expertise. So how do you know when you are getting honest auto repairs? It all boils down to the details. What You Should Expect With Routine Maintenance Taking your car into the auto shop for routine maintenance is always a good idea. It prolongs the car’s useful life, prevents larger repair bills, and it prevents you from having to deal with unexpected problems and expenses, or wondering whether or not you really need this repair. When you take your vehicle into the auto shop, the technician should tell you what services will be performed, how long it will take, and the cost. Honest auto shops want you to know these details and strive to perform the work as described. What About Repairs? Routine maintenance will ext ... read more

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2016

Top Signs You Need Engine Repair

Vehicles are extremely complicated machines, and any number of parts can malfunction. In a society that relies so heavily on their vehicles for work and recreation, an unexpected breakdown can spell disaster. However, increasing numbers of car owners are neglecting routine maintenance and ignoring the common signs of a need for engine repair that could leave them stranded and with huge repair bills. Getting the most out of your vehicle means keeping it in the best shape possible, and that requires knowing and acting on important warning signs that your vehicle needs engine repair or maintenance. If you want to avoid the inconvenience of a breakdown, take your vehicle in to your auto repair shop when you notice any of these signs of engine problems. Warning Lights That pesky “check engine” light is hard to miss, but many people do not take it as seriously as they should, especially if the light is not identifying a specific problem. Warning li ... read more

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Emergency! (Vehicle Emergency items)

"I never expected it could happen to me." Countless drivers have said that after they've had an emergency turn their lives upside down. So before that happens to you, let's thinking about planning ahead for an emergency with a few things you should keep in your vehicle. Road flares. If you've ever driven by a disabled vehicle sitting at the side of the highway at night, you know how terribly hard it is to see, especially in bad weather like rain.  If you are the one in that broken down vehicle, you run the risk of being hit by a vehicle whose driver literally may not be able to see you.  The best emergency signal includes one or more road flares.  There's a reason police officers and firefighters carry them in their vehicles.  When you see a series of burning red flares at the side of the road, you know something serious is going on.  These are far more visible at a much longer distance than nearly any other portable signal device.   Fire extinguisher ... read more

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Objects in the Mirror (Rearview Mirror Safety and Maintenance)

You may remember a song that went, "Objects in the rearview mirror may appear closer than they are." While that was a song about life's lessons, there are a few things we should all know about how important rearview mirrors are to safe driving. While new electronic devices are helping drivers be aware of surrounding traffic in high-tech ways, the good old rearview mirror is still a dependable way of letting you know what's around you.  There are usually 3 on each vehicle, 1 attached to the windshield inside and 2 attached outside on each of the front doors. It's important that they be adjusted properly before you start driving (not while you're driving). Experts say the windshield rearview mirror should cover the area behind the vehicle while the outside mirrors should not simply duplicate that view but extend it to the sides, where blind spots normally are. Your rearview mirrors must be able to hold the positions they're adjusted in; it there's play in them or they move around, y ... read more

Taking the Heat (Heater Hose Maintenance/Repair)

If you have an internal combustion vehicle, you know it has a lot of hoses that carry various fluids.  And if you have a heater in your vehicle, you'll have heater hoses. A heater hose connects to and from the engine so some coolant can be circulated through a little radiator called a heater core.  In cold weather, that heater core acts as a heat exchanger to heat up your cabin. Even in the hot weather, the heater hoses can prove problematic.  That's because they may remain pressurized even though you're not running your heater.  Heater hoses are made out of tough materials since they must handle heat and pressure.  But even the durable rubber, plastic and metal they are made out of can crack or leak from years of use.  That means coolant can be sprayed out into the engine compartment or leak onto a driveway or garage floor.  You may be able to see a puddle of coolant under your vehicle or perhaps smell the odor of the coolant under the hood.  So ... read more

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Out with the Old (Vehicle Parts that Wear Out)

Some drivers don't pay any attention to their vehicles until something breaks.  Others take them into their service repair facility for maintenance even before a problem develops.  Still, even if you fit into the second group, there are some parts on a vehicle that will simply wear out over time. Your vehicle has gaskets in several places.  They use a flexible material to seal the gaps between metal parts that fit together. After time, that material shrinks or gets brittle and fails.  Eventually, after time, you will have to get gaskets replaced. Same goes for belts.  Your engine has belts that help take the mechanical energy of the engine to drive other parts such as the generator and air conditioner.  Heat and age will eventually cause these belts to wear out or break, so you'll need new ones at some point. You'll also find yourself buying brake pads.  As much as you may try to go easy on them, brake pads work by wearing off a little bit of them eac ... read more

The New Blade in Town

If your windshield wipers are streaking and chattering when you turn them on in the rain or snow, it's time for a little "blade renewal." And when it comes to new wiper blades, there are some new designs that are worth a look. One of the latest is called the beam blade.  It's different than conventional blades you might be used to.  Instead of a metal frame and a rubber blade that slides in the frame on a track, the beam blades have an enclosed spring-steel band that allows the rubber wiper to conform to the windshield glass shape much more tightly.  There are some key advantages to beam blades, which is why many vehicle manufacturers are making them standard on their latest models.  For one thing, they work well in all weather conditions, including the heat of summer and the icy, snowy cold of winter.  Since there is no separate frame, snow and ice can't form in gaps like conventional wipers and prevent the blade from clearing your windshield.  Many beam ... read more

Steer Me Right! (Failing Power Steering Hose)

Most drivers love how easy it is to turn their vehicles, and they have power steering to thank.  Engineers have figured out a way to take some of your engine's power to help you turn. Without it, steering can be quite a chore.  New power systems are electric, but there are still plenty of the older hydraulic power steering systems out there, and it's wise to keep them working the way they should so you don't find yourself stranded without power steering. Those hydraulic power systems use a fluid under pressure that is pumped to a device that helps you turn your wheels more easily.  It's that pressure that presents the challenge.  After your vehicle's seen a few years on the road, you may find your steering isn't quite as easy as it was.  You may hear a groaning or humming sound when you turn.  One component that can fail is the pressure hose that carries that fluid from the power steering pump to that turning assist mechanism.  The hose is made of rub ... read more

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The Truth about Tire Pressure (Tire Inflation)

Most light vehicles (under 10,000 pounds/4,500 kg) in North America sold from 2008 model year on have a feature that many people are confused about.  It's the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).  You may have some experience with it yourself if you own a newer vehicle.  Vehicles with TPMS have sensors in each tire that are supposed to warn the driver when tire pressure gets dangerously low.  That's important because tires that are significantly under-inflated can cause very serious accidents. Unfortunately, many drivers think the TPMS does all the work keeping track of tire pressure. To them, as long as the warning light or gauge isn’t giving a warning, the tires must have the proper amount of air pressure in them.  That's not the case. Tire pressure monitoring systems aren't all created equal.   Some give you a digital readout of the pressures in each individual tire.  But many simply have a warning light that looks like the cross sect ... read more

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If You Drive Like a Maniac (Aggressive Driving is Bad for a Vehicle)

When someone mentions driving like a maniac, they're not talking about you, surely? Besides the safety issues of aggressive driving, you should know that your vehicle will last a lot longer if you'll just mellow out a little.  Here are four traits good drivers follow if they want their vehicles to go the extra distance. Cool—The driver who can't wait to get to the next stoplight is just shortening the life of his or her vehicle.  Jackrabbit starts and uneven acceleration hurts your engine because the valves and cylinder heads are stressed more.  All of those moving parts will wear out faster as well as other components that are connected.  That means things like the air conditioner, power steering pump… just about anything that attaches by a belt or a pulley.  Oh, and you'll be generating more heat.  Heat is one of a vehicle's worst enemies. Warm—If you get in your cold vehicle which has been sitting overnight, start it up and rev the en ... read more

A "Mounting" Problem (Motor Mounts)

You know how heavy your engine and transmission are, so you can imagine how tough the parts that hold them onto your vehicle's sub-frame must be.  Not only must they support the weight, they also have to isolate vibrations and noise from the passenger cabin.  Pretty tall order, wouldn't you say? The parts that face that task daily are called the motor mounts, or engine mounts.  They are usually made of rubber with steel brackets.  Others contain a liquid for vibration and sound isolation.  Most vehicles have three or four motor mounts, and while rubber or hydraulic liquids do a good job of damping the vibrations from the engine, they also have their limitations.  The problem with rubber is that it gets old and brittle.  Plus, if there's an oil leak anywhere in your engine and oil gets on the rubber motor mounts, rubber will deteriorate even more quickly.  As for the liquid motor mounts, they can develop leaks and stop working.  Here are sign ... read more

Not So Cool (Air Conditioning Systems)

There's nothing quite like getting in your vehicle on a hot day, switching on the air conditioning and having warm air blow out of the vents.  You may have had no problem for months and then, one day, you are driving around in a sauna. You're hot stuff, but not in a good way! So what goes wrong when the AC isn't working? It could be a lot of things because the system has many different components.  One thing that's a common cause is the vehicle is low on refrigerant (it used to be called Freon).  If that's the case, it's not as simple as simply adding more.  Sure, it may fix it quickly for a short time, but it's more likely than not that the refrigerant will just leak out again. The original Freon used in air conditioners was destroying the Earth's ozone layer, so that's not used much any more.  But the one that's currently used also contributes to global warming, so it's important that as little of that escapes as possible.  So a technician will determine ... read more

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