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Automotive Tips from Jerry Lambert Automotive: Causes of Wheel Misalignment

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Salt Lake City drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like a major crash, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday Salt Lake City driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. Your car can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, the team of automotive professionals at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City can return your wheels to the factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest an inspection every year or two.Give us a call.Jerry Lambert Automotive398 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, Utah 84115801-466-8226http://jerrylambertautomotive.com

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Serpentine Belt Service at Jerry Lambert Automotive

Most Salt Lake City folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Salt Lake City market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory ... read more

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Improve Fuel Economy with Proper Maintenance at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City

With Salt Lake City gas prices being what they are, many of us in Utah are driving less and looking into purchasing smaller or more efficient vehicles. Salt Lake City area residents who have to drive a lot, have large families or need four-wheel drive are particularly hard hit by the cost of fuel in Utah. But there are things all Salt Lake City drivers can do to save fuel: We can improve our driving habits and stay on top of preventive maintenance at Jerry Lambert Automotive. These things make small savings possible, but they can really add up.Let's start with driving habits. One major gas-eater is jackrabbit starts. A smooth, gradual acceleration uses a lot less fuel. It's also easier on your engine and drivetrain, so you'll prolong their lives as well.If you drive with one foot on the brake, stop. That creates drag, increasing fuel usage and reducing the useful life of your brakes.Slowing down can really add up on gas savings over time for Salt Lake ... read more

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Exhaust Service at Jerry Lambert Automotive: Passing the Smell Test

The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most Salt Lake City residents realize. It contains everything from old-fashioned pipes and clamps to sophisticated computers and sensors. All Utah folks know a properly functioning exhaust system is good for the environment, but sometimes we forget that a damaged exhaust system can be deadly. That's why preventive maintenance on your exhaust system is so important. We can help you with that at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City.The exhaust manifold is the first component in your exhaust system. The manifold is attached to the engine. It collects the gases that are produced by the engine and directs them into the exhaust pipes. At this point, these gases are both hot and chemically dangerous.One of the gases produced in your engine is carbon monoxide. This gas is colorless and odorless. Breathing it can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and drowsiness. Continue breathing it and you will die.T ... read more

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Utah: What Is the Risk of High Oil Change Intervals?

Utah residents may have heard that vehicles don't need their oil changed as often as they used to. That's true. But it's not the whole story.Owing to improved engine technology and higher oil quality, most newer vehicles can go longer between oil changes than their older counterparts.So what is a good time interval for oil changes? How do Utah residents know when to change it? And why do we change it in the first place?Oil lubricates a vehicle's engine, which protects it from friction damage. Over time the oil can collect dirt and contaminants that inhibit its performance. But dirty oil isn't the only problem for Utah residents. What you really want to avoid is called oil sludge.Oil sludge is caused by moisture in the oil and by hot spots in your engine that burn off oil. This sludge is a gooey gel that can clog engine passageways, which can block lubricants from reaching vital engine parts. The result can be engine wear or even engine failure.Sludge forms rapidly in an engine that is ... read more

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How Does Jerry Lambert Automotive Know What to Recommend?

When you drop your vehicle off at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City, they don't just poke around under your hood looking for stuff to do. Jerry Lambert Automotive professionals have lists and procedures they follow for different types of service. First of all, your Salt Lake City service center will note the mileage on your vehicle. They'll then check to see what inspections and services the vehicle manufacturer recommends for a vehicle of your make, model and mileage. If you are a regular customer, they will also check your vehicle's history.If the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations go beyond the services you've ordered, they'll let you know. They'll also indicate whether those services are urgent or if you can wait a while to take care of them. The Jerry Lambert Automotive pros won't do work that you don't agree to.They will, however, perform inspections while they're servicing your vehicle. They'll check belts, filters and fluids. They'll check you ... read more

Jerry Lambert Automotive Alternator Replacement Service in Salt Lake City

Your vehicle alternator doesn't get enough credit. Though your battery gets your engine started, after that – it's all about the alternator.  Driving around Salt Lake City is a lot of work for your alternator, and as upgrades such as heated steering wheels, cooled seats, stability control and lane departure warning become more common, it will have to work even harder. Eventually this workhorse just wears out. When it does you have no choice but to order an alternator replacement because your vehicle won't run without one. Come see your friendly and professional service advisor at Jerry Lambert Automotive to learn more. Jerry Lambert Automotive398 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, Utah 84115801-466-8226http://jerrylambertautomotive.com

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Jerry Lambert Automotive Automotive Tips: Diagnostic Service

Imagine waking up one morning with a stomach ache. You pick up the phone, call the doctor’s office and say, “I’ve got a really bad tummy ache. How much will it cost to make me feel better?” Of course you wouldn’t do that. You know that there could be a lot of reasons for your symptoms and that the doctor will have to examine you, ask some questions and probably run some tests before she can tell you what’s wrong and give you treatment options. This same scenario plays out every day at Utah auto repair facilities. When the cause of the concern isn’t obvious, the car will need to undergo a diagnostic examination. The typical car has about 30,000 parts, including several networked computers and miles of wiring. Finding exactly what is wrong can be very complicated and take some time. The most experienced technicians at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City are the ones who tackle the difficult diagnostic jobs. Once they have determined t ... read more

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Exhaust

Should Salt Lake City Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at Jerry Lambert Automotive tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around Salt Lake City are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside Utah temperatures are below freezing.3. You don't do a lot of Utah freeway driving, so you drive at low speeds most of the time.4. You drive in an area with a lot of pollution, dust, dirt, mud or slush.5. You frequently tow a trailer, haul heavy loads around Salt Lake City or use a car-top carrier.6. The weather in your area can get very hot or very cold.Surprising, isn't it? Severe driving isn't quite what you'd envisioned.Ask yourself: "Which auto service schedule should I follow?" For some of us, it's obvious ... read more

Tracking True in Salt Lake City: Wheel Alignment

At Jerry Lambert Automotive, we occasionally see severe tire damage that could have been prevented with proper wheel alignment. During a Jerry Lambert Automotive alignment service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires,steering and suspensionparts are inspected for problems. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the vehicle factory settings. Adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels moving in precisely the same direction.If you don't remember hitting a pothole, how do you know if your wheels are out? The most obvious sign is that your vehicle pulls to one side. Also, your steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you're in the habit of checking your tire wear regularly, you may notice the edges of one or more tires rapidly wearing down. You should have your Salt Lake City auto service center look it over. Of course, if you've been ... read more

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