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Why You Need to Get Your Brakes Checked

Why You Need to Get Your Brakes Checked

The Alaskan winter is just around the corner. This makes it a great time to take care of a number for key vehicle maintenance tasks. One of the most important is getting your brakes checked and serviced. For Fairbanks area residents, Simard Automotive is the local auto shop to turn to for all brake repairs and maintenance procedures. Brake Inspection It starts with a thorough inspection of the brake components. Sometimes, things just need to be cleaned as driving will kick up a lot of dirt and grease (and road salt in the snowy season). Keeping the brake parts clean will help keep them healthy and performing correctly. If any components need to be replaced, Simard Automotive will let you know. Brake Replacement Parts Generally, the brake pads are what will need to be replaced most often. They wear out quickly and often ... read more

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What it Means if Your Car is Leaking Radiator Coolant

What it Means if Your Car is Leaking Radiator Coolant

Your vehicle's cooling system is one of its most important systems. It is vital for keeping the engine from overheating when it is running at thousands of revolutions per minute (RPMs). The lifeblood of the cooling system is the radiator coolant (also known as radiator fluid or commonly referred to as antifreeze). It circulates from the radiator through all the key cooling components. If there is not enough fluid in the system or it is not recirculating properly, your car will likely overheat and that can lead to major engine damage. Coolant Leaks One of the best ways to tell if you might have a cooling system problem is to check for any coolant leaks. The radiator fluid is pretty easy to identify because it generally has a very bright yellow/green color ... read more

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Jeep Owner Turns to Simard Automotive for Vehicle Inspection and Repairs

Jeep Owner Turns to Simard Automotive for Vehicle Inspection and Repairs

Aloria was getting ready to move with her family's military change of station away from Fairbanks. However, she knew her Jeep was not fit to travel just yet. That's why she turned to the auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive's Airport shop on Aeronca Avenue to get it all fixed up and ready to ship. "Justin at the Airport location has had my full trust through this entire journey of getting my Jeep repaired," Aloria writes in her recent Google review. "He dealt with my warranty company on numerous occasions to make sure I was getting what I deserved from them." The first thing we did once the Jeep was in the Simard Automotive shop was to perform a thorough ... read more

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Do you Need New Spark Plugs? Here Are 6 Signs to Look for.

Do you Need New Spark Plugs? Here Are 6 Signs to Look for.

Spark plugs are among the smallest parts in your vehicle, but they perform a very important function. When you have a bad spark plug or one that isn’t working as it should, you will start to notice some issues. Your engine may not run well or it may struggle to fire up at all. As part of regular vehicle maintenance, the spark plugs should be tested and inspected regularly. Then, they should be replaced as needed to ensure proper performance. That’s why Simard Automotive gives you this list of 6 common signs of spark plug failure: 1. Rough Idling If the engine is idling roughly with unpleasant sounds or vibrations, it could be a sign that it is not firing on all cylinders. The spark plugs will be one of the first things a professional mechanic will look at when an engine isn’t running smoothly. ... read more

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Exhaust Leak? It's Not a Problem You Want to Ignore!

Exhaust Leak? It's Not a Problem You Want to Ignore!

An exhaust leak is a serious automotive issue. You may smell the exhaust fumes more than normal or you may even see exhaust smoke coming out from somewhere other than the tailpipe. Your check engine light will also usually come on when there is an exhaust issue. If your car has an exhaust leak, it is not a problem that you want to ignore. The Risks of an Exhaust Leak If an exhaust leak persists, it can obviously be dangerous to your health (and the health of anyone riding in the vehicle. Exhaust fumes (especially those that haven't been burned off properly in the catalytic converter) are full of dangerous carbon monoxide that can literally be deadly when you breathe in too much of it. In addition, a malfunctioning exhaust system can lead to serious engine damage. The exhaust system is there to pull away and burn off the exhaust fumes coming from the engine. If that isn ... read more

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First-Time Simard Automotive Customer Shares Her Feedback

First-Time Simard Automotive Customer Shares Her Feedback

Rebecca knew something was wrong with her car's cooling system. It was running hot and she also noticed a radiator coolant leak. Rebecca is a careful consumer, so she took the time to do her research online about auto repair shops in the Fairbanks area. After reading a lot of reviews, she decided to take her car to Simard Automotive for an inspection and repair recommendations. "I chose Simard because it had the best reviews locally, and I can firmly say the reviews don't lie!" Rebecca says. "Everyone was kind, courteous, and they got my car in the same day and out the next." After the Simard Automotive team of auto technicians took the time to inspect the vehicle, they produced a detailed 30-point inspection report that we were able to share with Rebecca. They identified the source ... read more

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Is Your Car Laboring? Here Are Some Possible Reasons Why.

Is Your Car Laboring? Here Are Some Possible Reasons Why.

Hopefully, you had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend as the summer season officially comes to an end. However, if your vehicle feels like it is "laboring" more than usual, then maybe it's time to take care of it.  Since you drive your primary car, truck or SUV pretty much every day, you can often tell when something just isn't quite right. Maybe the vehicle feel like it is sluggish, lacking power and not accelerating like it is supposed to. Perhaps it feels a little loose as you drive, with a lot of bumps and vibrations. The assumption from most car owners is that there's a problem with the engine, but that is usually not the case. There are many other reasons why your vehicle might be laboring more than usual, according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive. Let's look at a few of the most common sources: Transmission The transmission is very often the cu ... read more

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What's that Noise? Identifying the Strange Sounds Your Car Might Make.

What's that Noise? Identifying the Strange Sounds Your Car Might Make.

One of the easiest ways to tell if you have an automotive problem is to simply listen to your car. Any time you hear a strange noise, it could mean that there is an issue worth getting looked at by a professional mechanic. Some sounds are common and represent minor concerns. Meanwhile, other sounds are signs that there is something seriously wrong. Here are some of the common noises you might hear (and what they might mean) according to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive: 1. Engine Squealing This is something you'll probably notice right when you turn on the car. The sound may persist as you drive or it might slowly go away as the vehicle warms up. This is usually one of the belts (timing belt, fan belt, etc.) that may need to be adjusted or replaced, but persistent noises coming from the engine ... read more

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Classic Chevy Owner Gets Repairs Done at Simard Automotive Before 3,500-Mile Drive

Classic Chevy Owner Gets Repairs Done at Simard Automotive Before 3,500-Mile Drive

A Google reviewer by the initials of A.H. recently shared his feedback about his service experience at Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, Alaska. He needed a professional mechanic to completely go over his classic 1966 Chevrolet Carry All (what would now be called a Suburban) before taking it on a long drive back down to California.  "Based on recommendations from local friends and a mechanic at another shop, I brought in my Chevy Carry All to get an inspection and tune up," A.H. writes in his Google review. "I was not disappointed. They did a great job going over my vehicle. They found issues we knew about and several we had overlooked." When you need a thorough vehicle inspection in Fairbanks, look no further than Simard Automotive. We do many vehicle inspections, whether it's for DMV pre-registration, used car purchases or ... read more

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Signs That Your Wheels Are Out of Alignment

Signs That Your Wheels Are Out of Alignment

When your vehicle's wheels get out of alignment, it may just seem like a slight annoyance at first. Perhaps the car pulls a bit to one side or the other, or maybe it feels a little loose when cornering. Slowly but surely, the problem becomes worse and before long the handling is really off. This is when it becomes somewhat dangerous to drive.  The Snowball Effect What you may also not realize is that when your wheels are out of alignment, it could be causing damage to other vehicle components that are having to work harder to make up for the misalignment of the camber, caster or toe. We're talking about the brakes, suspension, wheels/tires, differentials, transfer case and power steering system. In other words, that slight annoyance of bad wheel alignment can ultimately develop into some very expensive automotive repairs. Wheel Alignment Issues to Look for ... read more

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