Yearly Archives: 2020

Are you driving any Lexus model? Or are you hearing from your car that it needs repair?

Are you driving any Lexus model? Or are you hearing from your car that it needs repair?

Getting acquainted with your car is building a relationship with your possession. It will be easier for you to notice warning signs and repair signals. You'll be familiar if your car is working fine or not. As a Lexus owner, you would not want to put your prized possession in jeopardy right? In this article, I’ll show you how to adhere to your car’s repairs and do it with a great job on time. Lexus has been one of the luxurious and the most legendary Toyota models in recent times. Lexus was created for being conservative and resilient to trends and changes. It does not go with the hype immediately. It is one of those cars that has a durable quality in them. But having this quality does not mean they are untouchable. That is why a premium Lexus Repair service is needed to make the engine serve its life service.  Here are the top ... read more

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Automotive

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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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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Yearly Archives: 2020

Cool Running (Water Pump)

Your vehicle is like you in a way.  When it gets hot, it needs to be cooled down.  And one of the key parts to keeping it cool is the water pump. Now, that's a bit of a misnomer.  It IS a pump, but it's pumping coolant, not pure water.  Cooling off your engine is vital since it builds up heat when it creates power by burning fuel.  Your water pump acts as a way to recirculate that coolant.  It goes through a series of tubes and hoses through the engine where it picks up heat, then is sent off to the radiator to get rid of that heat.  Cooled off, the coolant is recycled through the water pump to start the journey again. The water pump works by taking mechanical power from the engine, usually from a belt.  Obviously, that belt has to be in good condition and adjusted properly or else the water pump won't be able to do its job. Here are some things to look for that will signal problems with your water pump.  If your heat gauge is erratic or sho ... read more

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Water Pump

Have a Ball! Know your Ball Joints (Ball Joints)

We all have joints in our own skeletal system, but did you know your vehicle has some joints of its own? One of the most important is called a ball joint. One of the interesting things is that it's somewhat similar to the ball and socket joints we have in our hips and shoulders.  A ball joint allows two parts it joins together to move in more than one direction at the same time. Think about your wheels.  They have to move up and down when there are bumps in the road but in sideways directions when you are making a turn. As you can see, the ball joints are important for your steering and handling to work correctly. Since ball joints do so much, they can wear out and become loose.  When the ball wears down or the socket gets worn, there can be too much play in them.  It can get so bad that the ball can come out of the socket and your wheel can fall off, a dangerous situation.  Ball joints can also seize up.  Some of them are sealed and never require maintena ... read more

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Steering

How Far We've Come (Newer Vehicle Technology)

Automotive design has come a long way since the days of the Model T, especially when it comes to safety technology.  You can thank computers for a lot of the latest innovations.  Here are a few that have been making their mark in recent years. Adaptive cruise control.  This is cruise control with a brain.  Not only will adaptive cruise control keep your vehicle going at a steady speed, it will also slow it down and even stop it if the vehicle ahead of you slows down and stops.  Automatic emergency braking.  We've all been distracted while driving, and you've probably been in a situation where the driver ahead of you has suddenly stopped.  Or maybe your attention wandered for a minute and you looked up to see your vehicle closing in fast on the car ahead of you.  (After all, there are a lot more distractions in your vehicle these days.)  New systems that use cameras, lasers and other types of sensors will warn you to start braking.  If y ... read more

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Automotive News

What's in a Number? (What Tire Numbers Mean)

You've probably never paid much attention to the writing on the sides of your tires, but they contain a wealth of information.  There's a long combination of letters and numbers that can tell you a whole lot about what tires your vehicle was designed to be riding on.  Let's check out this example found on an SUV: P245/70R17 108T. The first letter, P, means it's intended for passenger vehicles.  If there's no letter, it means it's a metric tire.  If there's an LT at the beginning or end that means a tire designed for light trucks. Moving on to our example, the 245 shows how wide the tire is in millimeters from sidewall to sidewall.  The number that follows in our example, 70, means the height of the tire is 70% of its width.  The letter after that in our example, R, describes the type of tire (on this vehicle, radial).  Following that is the diameter in inches, in our SUV example, 17 inches.  How much load the tires' sidewalls are designed to take ... read more

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A Honking Big Jam (Stuck Horn)

At one time or another, most drivers honk their horn at someone who might be texting at a stoplight or not paying attention when they're driving.  But what happens when you tap on your horn and all of a sudden it won't quit? Everyone's looking at you like you're an angry jerk and all you want to do is turn it off! It helps to know the basics of what's happening when you honk your horn.  There's a switch in the steering wheel, of course, and when you press on it, it sends power to a relay which then energizes the horn.  Bingo.  Sound.  When the horn sticks on, one of these parts or the wiring has developed a problem.  With the ear-splitting noise inside your cabin, it may be hard to keep your cool, but do your best to stay calm.  Try pushing the horn several times; it may un-stick the switch if you're lucky.  If not, there are a couple of things you can try. First, if you can, pull your vehicle off the road and into a spot where you're not disrupt ... read more

Why You Have an O2 Sensor (Oxygen Sensor)

If someone asked you what gas made up the largest portion of the atmosphere, what would you guess? Well, it's not oxygen; it only makes up 20.9 percent.  But since we're talking about oxygen, you should know that your vehicle uses oxygen sensors to make sure your engine is running the way it should. The oxygen sensors measure how much oxygen is in your exhaust.  If there's too much, it means there's a problem with the mixture of fuel and air.  The sensor sends signals to computers in your engine and adjusts the mixture so it maximizes performance and efficiency.  It does this constantly.  Many vehicles have multiple oxygen sensors.  Some have one close to the engine, another close to the muffler.  Two measurements are better than one since they allow readings to be more accurate.  You may have a vehicle with a dual exhaust, so you'd have twice as many oxygen sensors. Your oxygen sensors can fail.  One thing that can damage them is contaminat ... read more

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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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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