Yearly Archives: 2020

5 Signs You Need Brake Service for Your Vehicle

The importance of your brakes can’t be emphasized enough. You need to know that they wear down and need brake service when you notice changes in your car’s stopping power. Failing to maintain your brakes may result in costly repairs, and worse may lead to dangerous situations while you are on the road. When lives are at stake, you need to take notice, but there are times when it’s hard to tell if your brakes are failing especially in older vehicles. We have come up with a list of the top signs you need to look out for that indicate that your brakes need servicing.    Never Overlook These Warning Signs for Brake Service Repair Brake service is one of the most important maintenance tasks that you can never overlook. Brakes wear out, and they need regular maintenance and replacement when needed to work correctly. Your vehicle gives clear signs that your brakes are failing or are due for servicing. When you notice these five warning signs, go to your auto sho ... read more

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Automotive

5 Signs You Need Auto Service and Repair Salt Lake City, UT

5 Signs You Need Auto Service and Repair Salt Lake City, UT

There are car owners who have no idea that they need auto service and repair Salt Lake City, UT, even if the signs are pretty visible. Some overlook the check engine light and continue to drive their vehicles without knowing why the light turned on. Whether it’s a minor or major issue, you need to pay attention when warning signs like your check engine light illuminate suddenly. Here are some major signs that you need to schedule an appointment with your local auto repair shop for diagnostics and repairs. If You Notice These Things, You Should Have Auto Service and Repair Salt Lake City, UT The last decade has given us automobiles that are more complex than ever. There are onboard computers all over the place, making it difficult for new mechanics and DIY technicians to diagnose and service. When you notice these signs, you should visit your auto repair shop for an inspection. This will save you a lot of trouble and major repairs down the road. Excessive Exhaust Smoke ... read more

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Automotive

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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Automotive

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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Automotive

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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Automotive

Yearly Archives: 2020

Move it or Lose It (Dormant Vehicles)

When it comes to your vehicle, driving it too much can cause some issues.  But what about not driving a vehicle enough? That has consequences as well. Here are a few things that can happen if a vehicle isn't driven enough.  When the engine doesn't operate, the oil isn't lubricating. That means some mechanisms that need periodic lubrication aren't getting it.  And oil that sits around breaks down over time.  In fact, some experts say you should change oil more often if your vehicle sits in the driveway than if you drive it regularly.  You've heard that expression, "Take it on the highway and blow out the engine.” Well, carbon buildup used to be a problem in older vehicles.  But the real culprit these days is moisture that builds up from combustion if your vehicle never gets hot enough to burn it off. That water vapor can mix with oil and cause sludge to form. There are many vehicle systems (battery, exhaust system, engine seals, etc.) that benefit fro ... read more

Give it the Boot (Ball Joint Boot Replacement)

Your vehicle may be wearing boots right now and you might not even know it.  They're called ball joint boots.  They're actually protective, flexible things that protect parts of your suspension (called ball joints) from all the hazards the road can fling at them.  If one of those ball joint boots fails and you don't get it replaced, the ball joints themselves could wind up failing, a repair that can be even more expensive.  Ball joint boots not only keep things like rocks, salt, water and dirt out of your ball joints, they also help the ball joints keep their lubrication inside and working properly.  To do that, the boots have to be made of a flexible material, sometimes rubber, sometimes a synthetic.  They do take a beating, exposed to temperature extremes and debris, and eventually they can tear or crack just because of their age.  Unless someone is keeping an eye on your ball joint boots, you may never know there's a problem.  That's why when ... read more

Steer Clear of Power Steering Problems (Power Steering Maintenance)

We usually take our vehicle's easy steering for granted until something goes wrong.  Power steering is what makes it almost effortless to turn the steering wheel, aiming your vehicle in the direction you want to go. Without the assistance of power from the engine, steering would be a laborious process, so you want to make sure the system is working well. Power steering systems are usually one of two types, hydraulic and electric.  The hydraulic type uses a pump that is driven by either a belt or an electric motor.  This system uses hydraulic fluid to create pressure that gives your steering the power assist.  Since that pump is always working, time and distance traveled eventually take their toll, and these systems need to be periodically inspected.  Also, while that hydraulic fluid can last for years, it should be replaced periodically as it degrades over time. Your vehicle's owner's manual contains the manufacturer's recommendations. A technician can check fo ... read more

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Steering

Positive and Negative (Battery Care)

You notice when your smartphone's battery starts to go weak on you.  It runs out of juice faster than it did when it was new.  Bet you pay attention to that pretty closely. Unfortunately, many of us don't pay the same attention to the battery in our vehicles. If your battery got you through the cold-weather months, you might be thinking you're all set until next winter. But you might be surprised to learn this: Hot weather is harder on a battery than cold weather.  (Note: we're talking about a conventional vehicle here, not an all-electric, plug-in one.) The way your vehicle's battery holds a charge is that it has chemicals inside it, and they react with each other to produce electricity.  A vehicle battery discharges electricity and then needs to be recharged.  Unlike your smartphone that you plug in each night to charge, the way a vehicle's battery gets recharged is by using the mechanical energy of the engine.  It's a pretty cool system that's been arou ... read more

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Battery

When Your Air Bag Light Comes On (Illuminated Air Bag Light)

There are some dashboard lights you should pay more attention to than others.  One is the air bag light.  If it's on and your vehicle is in an accident, your air bags probably won't do their job. Automakers began installing air bags in the late 1990's since they were mandatory in the United States, and manufacturers have included them in Canadian vehicles as well.  Safety experts say using a seat belt in combination with an air bag gives passengers the best chance of surviving a crash and minimizing serious injury. The air bag warning light takes a few different forms.  Some look like a picture of a belted passenger with an inflated air bag from a side view.  Or there may be a warning light that says something like "Air Bag," "SRS" (for supplemental restraint system), "Airbag Deactivated" or "Air Bag Off." Different things cause the air bag light to come on.  Your vehicle may have been in an accident during which, while the air bags didn't inflate, crash s ... read more

It Wears on You (Tire Rotation)

If someone told you there was a fairly inexpensive way to improve your vehicle's handling, fuel economy and extend the life of your tires, you'd probably ask, "What do I have to do?" The answer is to rotate your tires.  But you have to do it regularly. A lot of drivers think skipping tire rotation is a way to save money.  But when you don't rotate your tires, they will almost certainly wear unevenly.  That's because when your tires touch the surface of the road, the friction and traction causes miniscule parts of the rubber to come off.  And that process isn't exactly the same on each corner of your vehicle.  Some vehicles have the drive wheels in the front, some in the rear and some on all wheels. Rotating your tires at regular intervals minimizes the differences in the way the tires wear.  The amount and pattern will be spread out equally if your tires spend time at all different positions.  The more even the wear, the more consistent traction, hand ... read more

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Tires

The Right Oil for the Season (Engine Oil Viscosity)

As the temperatures plunge, certain types of engine oil may not flow as easily as they did when it was warmer.  Makes sense, doesn't it? Just like molasses gets thicker as the temperature goes down, engine oil does the same thing. So, maybe you're wondering if you have to change your oil as the seasons change so it's just the right thickness to lubricate your engine parts.  How well engine oil flows is called its viscosity. There are different types of oil—some that have just one viscosity and others called "multigrade" oils.  Here's the difference. A single viscosity oil will flow better when it's hot but not as well when it's cold.  A multigrade oil is engineered so that its flow properties at cold temperatures are different than they are at warm temperatures.  In other words, a multigrade oil can start out in colder temperatures acting like a thinner oil and then behave like a thicker oil when it's warm.  That's a pretty cool trick and it's why mu ... read more

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Oil Change

Sounds Like a Hot Rod (Noisy Exhaust System)

Driving along, your exhaust system's rumbling so loud that people turn and stare at you pass by.  You're wondering when the police are going to pull you over for illegal noise. Your mind immediately thinks, aha! A broken muffler.  Well, your exhaust system is composed of many more parts than just a muffler.  Your engine makes power because of thousands of tiny explosions from detonating fuel.  Those explosions make a racket, so engineers came up with a system that acoustically dampens that sound in addition to getting rid of harmful exhaust. In the engine is the exhaust manifold that looks like several pipes that join up into one pipe.  It directs exhaust to the catalytic converter. The catalytic converter converts harmful gases into less harmful gases using certain chemical reactions.  Then comes the muffler that has baffles inside to quiet the sounds of your engine noise.  Finally: the tailpipe. All of those pipes and parts are joined together by cl ... read more

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Exhaust

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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Safety

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

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