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Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Bad air quality while you're driving around Salt Lake City is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as three microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.So your cabin air filter can clean out dust, pollution, pollen and spores to keep the air in your car nice and clean. And just like your furnace filter, they need to be replaced when they get dirty. Check your owner's manual or ask your service advisor at Jerry Lambert Automotive, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000-24,000 kilometers).The filter is usually either under the hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get ... read more

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10 Services Salt Lake City Drivers Often Overlook

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over Salt Lake City. Some days it's all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That's why you've gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps - we have to keep track of it all.So let's talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by Salt Lake City residents. They're all very important and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order.1. Power Steering ServiceBe honest; have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your power steering parts are protected from corrosion. Next time you're in for an oil change, ask your Jerry Lambert Automotive service adviso ... read more

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Deciphering the Jerry Lambert Automotive Menu Board

Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Salt Lake City, Utah, service centers like Jerry Lambert Automotive have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service. Feel free at any time to give Jerry Lambert Automotive a call at 801-466-8226 to learn of the many services we offer, or stop by our Salt Lake City, Utah auto center at 398 E 3300 S, 84115. First remember that all of these services are recommended by vehicle manufacturers. They set how often or at how many miles/kilometers the service should be done.Air conditioning service involves purging the old refrigerant and capturing it for proper disposal. Then fresh refrigerant is installed. The fresh refrigerant will lubricate the system and wil ... read more

Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

At Jerry Lambert Automotive we've had a lot of Salt Lake City customers asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years in Utah. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. It looks like it's going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of Utah folks are putting off buying a new car. So let's say you're one of the average in the Salt Lake City area; you've got a nine-year-old car with 80,000 miles (130,000 km) on the odometer. What can you do to make it last another year or two?Let's start with the premise that there's no reason that a modern car can't run for 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care in Salt Lake City. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there.Of course, some parts will wear out along the way, but ... read more

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Salt Lake City Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Salt Lake City drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should Salt Lake City drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around Salt Lake City?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero Utah temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in Utah?Do you drive often in dusty Salt Lake City areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around Salt Lake City?Do you drive in very hot or very cold Utah weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest Salt Lake City on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on Salt Lake City surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is ... read more

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Suspension Service at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City

During an inspection at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City, your friendly and knowledgeable automotive service technician will check for worn, broken or missing parts. Here's a quick rundown of suspension system components: There are the springs which hold the weight of your vehicle. There are several varieties of springs. Springs are heavy duty parts that rarely break or wear out. Shock absorbers work in conjunction with springs to smooth out the ride and help keep the tires on the road. Good shocks are essential for handling performance and ride comfort. You've probably heard of struts. They combine a shock absorber and a coil spring in one unit. Shocks and struts will wear out over time. If your tires develop a cupped wear pattern, your shocks or struts may be wearing out. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly. You may notice a floaty or drifting sensation when cornering. If the front of your vehicle dives excessively whe ... read more

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Shocks & Struts

When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

  Hey Salt Lake City area drivers, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our Utah streets? How can you tell on your vehicle?While there may be legal requirements for the Salt Lake City area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates.Two-thirty-seconds of an inch is the depth of the tire tread wear indicator bars that US law has required to be molded across all tires since August 1, 1968. When tires are worn so that this bar is visible, there's just 2/32 of an inch – 1.6 millimeters – of tread left. It's that level of wear that's been called into question recently.We're referring to the tread depth on a tire, it can't move surface water out of the way and you start to hydroplane.In a safety study, a section of a test track was flooded with a thin layer of water. If you laid a dime on the track, the water would be deep enough to surround the coin, but not enough to cover it.A car and a full-sized pick-up accelerat ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Economics of Maintenance for Salt Lake City Auto Owners

Buying a new car in Salt Lake City is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide?People in Salt Lake City who've been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty?For purposes of our discussion, let's assume you live right here in Salt Lake City and have a five year old vehicle. It's now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there'll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don't know what to expect. For help we turned to maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They're able to use manufacturer's  ... read more

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What to Do in Case of an Accident in Salt Lake City

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in Salt Lake City, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what Salt Lake City drivers should do in case of an accident:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Salt Lake City is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your Utah driver's license or even jail time.Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Salt Lake City emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.You should always file a police report. It's tempting to skip this i ... read more

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Have You Checked Your Headlights?

Like everything in the Utah automotive market, there have been great strides in headlight technology in recent years. Utah drivers can be safer at night because of it. Good headlights improve visibility on Salt Lake City roads, enabling you to see farther. They also improve your peripheral vision, helping you to see the sides more clearly. The more you can see, the more quickly you can react to road conditions. This is because nearly half of traffic fatalities take place at night. And as Salt Lake City resident population ages, everything that helps older eyes is welcome.Most new vehicles sold in Utah come with halogen headlamps. A decade ago, halogens were exotic and expensive. Now that they are standard equipment, the price has come way down. Many luxury cars are equipped with high intensity discharge, or HID, headlamps. You have probably seen them on some Salt Lake City roads; they're very bright and have a bluish tint.From behind the wheel, there is no do ... read more

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