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Car Overheating? Here's What You Need to Do.

Car Overheating? Here's What You Need to Do.

When your vehicle overheats, it simply means the engine is running too hot. Continuing to drive with an overheated engine can lead to serious (and expensive) damage. At the first sign of your vehicle overheating, you need to be smart about what you do next. Temperature Warning Systems All vehicles are equipped with a temperature gauge and warning lights that will display on your dashboard or onboard computer display. If the engine is running hot, it should let you know. Sometimes your check engine light may come on, as well. If you continue to drive, you run the risk of the engine actually overheating. In this case, you'll usually see steam coming from under the hood and the car will perform very poorly). What to Do if Your Car Overheats If your car is ov ... read more

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Fluid Change vs. Fluid Flush - What Are the Differences?

Fluid Change vs. Fluid Flush - What Are the Differences?

Your vehicle has many fluids that keep it running. You have fuel, engine oil, transmission fluid, radiator coolant, brake fluid and power steering fluid. Each provides a specific purpose that your car won't function without.  If you are dealing with a mechanic, you may hear a few different terms when it comes to maintaining your fluids. The most common services offered will be "fluid changes" and "fluid flushes." They may sound similar, but the processes are actually quite different, so we're here to explain what you need to know about each. In the simplest of explanations, the primary difference between a fluid change and a fluid flush is the complexity of the process. A fluid flush is much more thorough, and thus it is a more expensive automotive maintenance procedure ... read more

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Out-of-Town Customer Praises Simard Automotive

Out-of-Town Customer Praises Simard Automotive

Tobi was in a desperate situation. She was visiting Fairbanks from out of town and her car started acting strange. She knew she needed a mechanic and she needed one fast, but was unfamiliar with the area. Ultimately, Tobi ended up bringing her car to Simard Automotive and she couldn't have been happier with the experience according to her recent online review of our auto shop. "I was in Fairbanks on business and I had some unexpected car troubles," Tobi writes. "The crew at Simard got me in right away and took care of it, which is a huge deal for a shop to do that at a moment's notice." At Simard Automotive, we understand that our customers have very busy schedules and sometimes automotive issues happen without warning. We are always willing to work w ... read more

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Inspections and Diagnostics at Simard Automotive

Inspections and Diagnostics at Simard Automotive

Good automotive repair is never a guessing game. The more information our technicians at Simard Automotive know, the better repair recommendations we can make to our customers. With proper diagnostic testing and vehicle inspections, the jobs get done right and everyone is satisfied.  As a vehicle owner visiting one of Simard Automotive’s two Fairbanks shops, it's important to understand the processes we use to diagnose specific automotive problems and get you the most accurate results. Let's take a look at the differences between different types of inspections and diagnostic tests. Diagnostic Tests This is often the first step taken by our technicians to identify potential problems, especially if a warning light (such as the ... read more

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5 Reasons Why You Need Proper Wheel Alignment

5 Reasons Why You Need Proper Wheel Alignment

Many drivers don't understand the full importance of having proper wheel alignment in their vehicles. They put up with a little drifting or pulling. They don't mind a few extra vibrations while motoring down the highway. However, having your wheels out of alignment can lead to bigger problems with your drive train, suspension, brakes, wheels and tires. It's simply a good idea to get your wheel alignment checked at least once or twice a year as part of regular maintenance. Here are 5 of the most important reasons why you want proper wheel alignment in your car, truck, van or SUV: 1. Increased Tire Life You may be good about rotating your tires every 5,000-6,000 miles to keep the treads wearing evenly over time. However, if your wheels are out of alignment, you will burn thro ... read more

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Loyal Customer Only Trusts Simard Automotive to Inspect His Vehicles

Loyal Customer Only Trusts Simard Automotive to Inspect His Vehicles

Derek has been coming to Simard Automotive for years. He knows our service team will treat him well and he knows our auto repair technicians will provide accurate repair recommendations. When it comes to regular maintenance services and occasional vehicle inspections, Derek only trusts Simard Automotive to get the job done right. "I take all my cars here to have them inspected, especially if it seems like something more difficult to pinpoint," Derek says. "They provide thorough inspections, explain everything well and walk me through the key things to address." Derek knows that he can count on the skilled and knowledgeable auto repair technicians at Simard Automotive to do what they do best. Whether there seems to be a problem with one of his vehicles or he just wants to ha ... read more

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Transmission Problems? Simard Automotive is Your Solution!

Transmission Problems? Simard Automotive is Your Solution!

If the engine is the heart of your car, then the transmission is the brain. It transfers power from the engine to the wheels and controls speeds based on which gear the vehicle is in. If your transmission is not performing well, it is a major problem. Having your transmission rebuilt or replaced (let alone damage to other automotive components and systems) is not cheap. At the first sign of transmission trouble, you should seek help from an automotive repair expert who can properly diagnose the issue and get it fixed before it develops into a significant (and expensive) problem. Here are some “symptoms” you can look for: 1. Unusual Noises You may hear whining, humming or clunking coming from your vehicle. There’s a good chance it’s your transmission, especially if you hear these sounds when the vehicle is shifting to the next gear or when driving at high speeds. 2. B ... read more

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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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