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Serpentine Belt Service at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City

If you've ever heard a squealing sound under your vehicle hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. More importantly, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that's used by your vehicle's electrical systems and also charges the battery. Without the alternator, the battery will go dead after a short distance.The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering (some are electric) and power brakes (some use vacuum boost).And, on most vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within optimal operating temperatures. On some Salt Lake City vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.When they understand what it does, Salt Lake City drivers realize that if it breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why vehicle manufacturers outline recommended replacement guidelines in the owner’s manua ... read more

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The Maintenance Free Myth

Sometimes we hear people in Salt Lake City say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's vehicles are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most Salt Lake City drivers don't realize how high tech automotive fluids have become,  fluids such as engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid.Did you know that a modern engine would not run for more than a few months using motor oil formulas from 30 years ago? Today's automotive fluids contain a much higher percentage of additives to protect your vehicle's components from premature wear and corrosion. Time and distances march on for all of our cars. Please don't think we're using scare tactics to get you to take care of your maintenance - but here are some personal stories we ... read more

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Hey Salt Lake City Drivers; What Is the Most Distracting Food?

So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around Salt Lake City?Is it: A Hamburger; Coffee; A Soft Drink, or Gummy Bears? Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving. But if you chose 'coffee,' then give yourself an extra two points.  Coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in Salt Lake City and around the country.Food distractions cause 25 percent of all car accidents; over a million and a half each year!You'll notice that all of the top ten distracting food items are messy. Messy foods are the types of food you might spill (very distracting!), then try to clean up (a safe-driving impossibility!). If you gotta eat on the run, take five-then drive. You'll thank yourself later for two reasons: one, that you can actually relax for just a moment in our fast-paced world, and two, you won't have to worry ... read more

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Jerry Lambert Automotive and the Maintenance Mindset

When it comes to their vehicles, some Salt Lake Cityresidents don't have amaintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. Salt Lake City drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance but just may not have applied it to their vehicles.Here's something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil change, your friendly and knowledgeable Jerry Lambert Automotive service advisor will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason. If your serpentine belt is cracked, he'll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – they've got you covered. And at Jerry Lambert Automotive, we check to see ... read more

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Jerry Lambert Automotive Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

Jerry Lambert Automotive Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

All Salt Lake City service advisors know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles. The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And on many vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures. (On some vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.) So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why your vehicle manufacturer and your service advisor at Jerry Lambert Automotive have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn't fail.Your friendly and knowledgeable Jerry Lambert Automotive service advisor can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon a ... read more

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Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

If you're reading this article in Salt Lake City, Utah, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at Jerry Lambert Automotive tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for Salt Lake City residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle pe ... read more

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Maintaining Your Older Car in Salt Lake City, Utah

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Salt Lake City, Utah: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Salt Lake City motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the Salt Lake City area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in Utah have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin'.Give Jerry Lambert Automotive a call at 801-466-8226 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn't mean it d ... read more

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Jerry Lambert Automotive On Your Serpentine Belt

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our Salt Lake City, Utah, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around Utah in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most Salt Lake City residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around Salt Lake City, Utah, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really a lot ... read more

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Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at Jerry Lambert Automotive

These days many people in the Salt Lake City area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that's where you start.Go through the maintenance schedule for your vehicle and see what's been done and when. Have your Salt Lake City service advisor at Jerry Lambert Automotive do an inspection and come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done. Review the list and prioritize the work, talk about budget and make a plan to get caught up.Making a plan is so important. Suppose you go in for an oil change and learn you need your cooling system serviced, a transmission service and are coming up on a timing belt replaceme ... read more

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Synthetic Oil for Salt Lake City Autos

If you are a driver in Salt Lake City and you aren't currently using synthetic motor oil in your vehicle, maybe now's the time to consider it. Need more information? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. Synthetic oil doesn't gel or gum-up like petroleum based oil and it doesn't vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and go driving around Salt Lake City, as well as in very hot or very cold conditions. More and more new vehicles are being delivered with full synthetic motor oil, with the recommendation to use synthetic for the life of the vehicle. Why is this? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is more slippery, a pile o ... read more

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