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Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern vehicles are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free."Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to Salt Lake City Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth has more evidence than most. If we look at some isolated areas of auto maintenance, we could conclude that maintenance isn't so important. But other areas would just as easily lead you to believe that maintenance is more important than ever.Here are some examples for our friends in Salt Lake City. Some vehicles in Salt Lake City no longer require chassis lubrication. They're made with self-lubricating materials and have sealed joints. There's literally no way to grease those joints. -Chalk one up for the myth.On the other side, some vehicles come with sophisticated variable valve timing. A lot of complicated ... read more

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Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Jerry Lambert Automotive

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the Utah news. Salt Lake City people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of Salt Lake City motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so. There are plenty of Salt Lake City drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in Utah.The Salt Lake City drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. That may sound ... read more

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Keeping Your Car Young in Salt Lake City

As Salt Lake City consumers, we live in a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away.New stuff comes out so fast in Utah, and much of it is fairly cheap, so we just toss the old and move on. It seems like when we were kids our parents were real sticklers about taking care of our stuff - especially parents who grew up in the Depression. You know, hang up your clothes, polish your shoes, put away your toys. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough; we had to do without.  We couldn't afford new cars very often, so we tried to make them last as long as we could. It's a good thing that cars are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us Salt Lake City penny pinchers is that a modern car can easily go 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care. The engineering's there and so is the manufacturing quality. The missing ingredient is us making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's maintenance schedules.Is it really ... read more

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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in Salt Lake City

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in Salt Lake City

There's a segment of the Salt Lake City area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to Jerry Lambert Automotive for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a large percentage of new vehicles in Salt Lake City have been leased. These folks plan on turning the vehicle in after two or three years, so they haven't focused on the maintenance that helps a vehicle last longer.Given all that, what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy.Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is that major ... read more

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Technician Training at Jerry Lambert Automotive

Your vehicle is important to you, and keeping it running properly is important to your lifestyle. That's why you're smart enough to have it serviced regularly at Jerry Lambert Automotive in Salt Lake City. And even though it may just be routine maintenance, you want it done right by automotive professionals.It's also very important to your Salt Lake City service center to keep you happy and on the road. You might be surprised at the amount of money our Salt Lake City auto service center spends annually to make sure our friendly and knowledgeable technicians are properly trained.Jerry Lambert Automotive offers a variety of automotive services for many kinds of vehicles. We need to be current on the latest techniques and parts so that we can give you quality service. Our Salt Lake City service centers subscribe to data services that list the high quality parts and fluids recommended by your manufacturer.And each service has a checklist of standard procedures. Jerry Lambert Automoti ... read more

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Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Salt Lake City residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all Salt Lake City residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Salt Lake City service center. To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call: Jerry Lambert Automotive398 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, Utah 84115801-466-8226http://jerrylambertautomotive.com These recalls always affect safety, so Salt Lake City residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax ... 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 advis ... read more

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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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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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