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Auto Electric Repairs at Simard Automotive

Auto Electric Repairs at Simard Automotive

It's a simple fact. The more modern your vehicle is, the more complex its electrical system will be. Today's cars (especially hybrid and electric vehicles) are so advanced with high-tech onboard computers and sophisticated battery systems. Obviously, the more complex the system, the more things that can go wrong and the more you need an automotive expert to make any electrical repairs. The good news for Fairbanks area residents is that Simard Automotive has you covered for all your auto electric repair and maintenance needs, whether you have a modern car with advanced technology or a classic ride with simple electronic controls. Here are some common electrical problems you may want to look for: Check Engine Light If your ... read more

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Ford Explorer Owner Experiences "Exceptional Service" at Simard Automotive

Ford Explorer Owner Experiences "Exceptional Service" at Simard Automotive

Clay needed some work done on his Ford Explorer Sport Trac, so he did his research on auto repair shops in the Fairbanks area. Ultimately, he decided to bring his vehicle to Simard Automotive and he was glad he made this choice. Clay recently took the time to write a review of his service experience. "This was the 1st visit for our Ford Explorer Sport Trac," Clay writes. "Cat [Pottschmidt] the service writer was beyond helpful and communicated with me as to an estimate, and drilled down to what I really wanted done and what I was willing to spend." The most important step of any automotive repair job we take on at Simard Automotive is to get the customer ... read more

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Community Connections Drive the Success of Fairbanks' Own Simard Automotive

Community Connections Drive the Success of Fairbanks' Own Simard Automotive

For more than 20 years, Simard Automotive has been a trusted name in the Fairbanks community. Though this is a big town, we all know it is a very close-knit community. It's very important for local businesses to have a strong reputation for quality work and trustworthy service. These are just a couple of the core values that have driven the success of Simard Automotive over the years. Michael Simard opened his first shop in 1997. It was a very simple one-bay facility that he built himself. Before long, he had developed a loyal following of customers and he moved to their current "Airport" location on Aeronca Avenue. In 2016, Simard Automotive purchased a Chevron station across town on Gaffney Road and that would serve as the company ... read more

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Is It Time for an Air Conditioning Tune-Up?

Is It Time for an Air Conditioning Tune-Up?

Summer is just around the corner and we are all looking forward to long days and warmer temperatures in Alaska. It may have been awhile since the last time you used your vehicle's air conditioner to cool you down, so that makes this time of year an ideal time to get your A/C system tuned up. Don't wait until it gets too hot or stuffy. Bring your vehicle down to either of Simard Automotive's Fairbanks repair shop locations and we'll make sure your air conditioning system is working its best. Inspection, Testing and Repair The first step to any air conditioning tune-up is to review the system and certain key components. Our technicians can run specific tests focused on the air temperature, quality and consistency. If any one of those elements is off, we can then inspect further to uncov ... read more

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Volvo Owner Values "Professional" Service at Simard Automotive

Volvo Owner Values "Professional" Service at Simard Automotive

Keith owns an older Volvo car and was experiencing issues that other auto shops in Fairbanks were unable to diagnose. Ultimately, he brought his vehicle into Simard Automotive and was able to get things resolved properly. Keith recently took the time to share a review (along with a 5-star) rating on Google about his experience at our shop. "Simard Automotive is a top-notch shop," Keith writes. "I had multiple issues with my old Volvo and they were the only shop in town with the code reader to accurately diagnose the problems. All were true professionals and the customer service can't be beat." At Simard Automotive, we use the latest technology to assist our knowledgeable and professionally trained t ... read more

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Be Sure and Check Simard Automotive Out on Social Media!

Be Sure and Check Simard Automotive Out on Social Media!

Whether you are a longtime customer of Simard Automotive or just trying to do your research in order to decide on a Fairbanks auto repair shop you can trust, be sure and follow us on social media. We are regularly posting helpful tips and information that will help you as a vehicle owner. Plus, you can find out the latest shop news and read the most recent customer reviews that our posted. Of course, if you have been a Simard Automotive customer yourself, we encourage you to share your own review and rating on whichever site you like to use. Here are some of the places we can be found online: Facebook Check Simard Automotive out on Facebook. We actually have two different pages for our Aeronca Avenue shop and our ... read more

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Cooling System Repairs at Simard Automotive

Cooling System Repairs at Simard Automotive

When you really understand what is happening inside a standard combustion engine, it’s fascinating. Repeated, controlled explosions are happening every second and that’s what provides power to your car, truck or SUV. Needless to say, this process generates a lot of heat and therefore your vehicle needs a good cooling system. Without the cooling system working properly, your engine will overheat and ultimately fail. This can cost you thousands of dollars in engine repairs or a complete engine replacement if it is not dealt with early on. Some older cars and specialty vehicles may use an air-cooled system, but most will have a fluid-based cooling system. The key components of the traditional cooling system are the radiator, the radiator coolant (aka “antifreeze”), the water pump, the head gasket ... read more

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Simard Automotive Helps Truck Owner with Brake Repair and Shipping Coordination

Simard Automotive Helps Truck Owner with Brake Repair and Shipping Coordination

Austin needed to ship his truck down to the lower 48. Unfortunately, he could not get his final inspection approval because there was an issue with the brakes. Not sure what to do, he called Simard Automotive in Fairbanks for help. We took care of the rest. "Simard Automotive is by far the best customer service experience in Alaska!" says Austin. "Not only did Simard cost me nearly $300 less than another mechanic in town estimated he would charge, but they also too my vehicle through the entire shipping process so I could depart on time and make it in time for my next job." At Simard Automotive, we aren't afraid to go the extra mile to help our customers. We might not always go to the extent that we did for Austin, but his situation was tough and we did what we could to help with the inspection and shipping process. Customer service is very importa ... read more

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5 Signs You Might Have an Exhaust System Problem

5 Signs You Might Have an Exhaust System Problem

The exhaust system is a very important component of any vehicle. It diverts dangerous exhaust fumes away from the engine (and away from the passenger cabin, as well). This enables your engine to perform better without contaminants. The exhaust fumes are sent through the catalytic converter, which burns off most of the deadly gasses and is vital for emissions standards. Then, the fumes are pumped through the muffler, which reduces noise output, and finally expelled through the rear exhaust pipe(s). If any of these components are damaged, have leaks or are not working properly, it can lead to major engine problems. Deadly carbon monoxide can also back up and leak into the vehicle itself, which is bad for the driver and any passengers. Below are some common symptoms of exhaust system problems that you may notice when driving your car. At the first sign of exhaust issues, you should bring your veh ... read more

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Weak Headlights? Get Them Restored or Replaced at Simard Automotive!

Weak Headlights? Get Them Restored or Replaced at Simard Automotive!

Your vehicle's headlights are vital for safety. Not only do they allow you to see what's ahead of you when it is dark outside, but they also help other drivers to see you when on the road. Whether you're dealing with dark, rainy, snowy or foggy conditions, you need good headlights. You are also at risk of getting a ticket if any of your exterior lights aren't working properly. Fairbanks Headlight Restoration and Repair Count on the auto repair experts at Simard Automotive for all your headlight repair and restoration needs. When it comes to your visibility, we're here to help you get the best headlight, fog light and tail light performance possible. Bulb Replacements and Upgrades The bulbs in your vehicle's exterior lights can naturally weaken or burn out over time. If your headlights seem dim or don't seem to be working at ... read more

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