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Simard Automotive Has Two Convenient Fairbanks Locations to Serve You

Simard Automotive Has Two Convenient Fairbanks Locations to Serve You

Michael Simard started Simard Automotive way back in 1997. Back then, he only had a small one-bay shop that was located near Fairbanks International Airport. Eventually, his business kept growing thanks to quality repair work and excellent customer service. Today, there are two Simard Automotive shop locations ready to serve all your auto repair and maintenance needs in Fairbanks, AK. Airport Location (5200 Aeronca Ave.) • (855) 690-0889 In 1999, Simard Automotive moved out of that first tiny shop and into their current location also very close to the airport. The space is larger and they have continued to grow their service team with expert automotive technicians and service advisors. They work on all different types of vehicles, foreign and domestic. Their policy is if it fits through the bay door, they can work on it ... read more

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The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Filters

The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Filters

As you probably already know, cars are pretty complex and they are only getting more advanced. There are many different systems throughout your vehicle, and each of those systems has multiple vital components performing specific functions. Many of these systems will feature some kind of filter that helps keep dirt, debris and other contaminants from damaging parts or hindering performance. In this article, we will cover some of the common filters found in most vehicles and what you need to know when it comes to ongoing maintenance. Engine Air Filter This is the filter most people know about and it’s something that can easily be maintained on your own. When you bring your car in for service, the mechanic will usually let you know if the engine air filter is getting too dirty or worn out. You will want to replace it as needed to make sure your engine is getting the clean air it ne ... read more

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Fairbanks Car Owner Grateful for Honest Service at Simard Automotive

Fairbanks Car Owner Grateful for Honest Service at Simard Automotive

Jacob was in need of automotive repairs. He hadn't been to Simard Automotive before, but after he did some research, he decided to give one of our Fairbanks shops a try. Jacob was glad he made this decision, as you can tell in his recent online review. "These guys are great," Jacob writes. They worked with me on scheduling my appointment and treated me very good." You always have an option to book an appointment at Simard Automotive. Of course, you are welcome to come by either of our shops at any time, but it's hard to know how busy our technicians will be on any given day. It's never a bad idea to call ahead. We can slot you in with a set day and time, so we'll know to expect you and you won't have to wait. You can also schedule appointments using this convenient online b ... read more

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6 Winter Cooling System Maintenance Tips from Simard Automotive

6 Winter Cooling System Maintenance Tips from Simard Automotive

We all know how cold it gets in Alaska throughout the fall, winter and spring months. It’s a harsh environment and it can be tough to keep your vehicle maintained. One system that definitely needs a lot of attention when it’s freezing outside is the cooling system. You want to keep it working as well as possible this time of year. Sometimes, the term “cooling system” can be a little misleading. It is mainly there to keep your car from overheating. However, it will also keep your engine from seizing up. Essentially, the cooling system regulates the temperature of the engine, and that’s every important during every season. Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK has put together this list of winter cooling syste ... read more

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Are Your Tires Getting Worn Out? Here's What You Need to Know.

Are Your Tires Getting Worn Out? Here's What You Need to Know.

Having good tires with ample tread is important. They will grip the road and help keep you safe behind the wheel. Obviously, your tires will wear out naturally over time, but there are additional factors that can cause them to deteriorate quicker than you want. Other vehicle components and various factors can lead to uneven or increased tire wear. At Simard Automotive, we want you to be safe on the road (especially with Alaska's unpredictable weather). Here are some of the factors to keep in mind when it comes to your tire tread wear: 1. Air Pressure It's a good idea to check your tire air pressure regularly. If they are overinflated or underinflated, it will lead to more rapid tire wear. Likewise, if one tire has a different air pressure than the rest, it will lead to uneven tread wear. 2. Wheel Alignment Properly aligned wheels will help keep the tread wear on your tir ... read more

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Fairbanks Customer Turns to Simard Automotive for Car Heater Repairs

Fairbanks Customer Turns to Simard Automotive for Car Heater Repairs

The heater in Wallace's car was malfunctioning and he needed repairs as soon as possible. He also knew that he was due for some other maintenance services and minor repairs. After doing his research on Fairbanks area automotive shops, Wallace decided to trust his car with the team at Simard Automotive"I had an urgent need for my car heater to be repaired. Also, an oil change was due," Wallace writes in his recent online review. "Those issues were given prompt attention. There were also lower-priority matters, such as a rattling noise coming from the exhaust, a power steering leak, front brake repair and more work regarding enhancing the car heater for maximum output." After talking with Wallace and spending time inspecting his vehicle, the Service Advisors at Simard Automotive understood he was not in a position to take care of all the necessary re ... read more

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6 Common Signs of a Cooling System Problem

6 Common Signs of a Cooling System Problem

Car engines run very hot. They are burning up fuel to provide power for the vehicle. That’s why your cooling system is so important. Most cars will use a traditional fluid-cooled system that requires an ideal mix of water and radiator coolant (antifreeze) in the radiator. It is then circulated throughout the engine through the water pump. This process keeps the engine from overheating and causing major damage within the vehicle. The point is, you need your cooling system working properly at all times or it can lead to very costly engine repairs. Simard Automotive has put together this list of common signs that you may have a cooling system problem: 1. Car Overheating If your vehicle is overhea ... read more

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Friendly Service from a Family-Owned Auto Shop

Friendly Service from a Family-Owned Auto Shop

Simard Automotive has been a part of the Fairbanks community for more than 20 years. Owner Michael Simard opened his first local auto shop in 1997 and now we have two family-owned shops in town to better serve our customers. After all, customer service is always our number one priority. It's what drives our entire team to be its best each and every day. The Cornerstones of Customer Service It all starts with a commitment to treating people the way they deserve to be treated. We understand that you are trusting us to provide expert automotive advice and professional repair/maintenance services. That's why our auto repair technicians are so thorough and detailed when it comes to performing inspections and running diagnostic tests. This allows us to get to the root of any automotive problem before we can make accurate repair recomm ... read more

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Fairbanks Customer Highly Recommends Simard Automotive

Fairbanks Customer Highly Recommends Simard Automotive

Chad and his wife, Miranda, know they can always count on great customer service at Simard Automotive. They know these Fairbanks auto repair shops will always provide quality work with a friendly touch, so there's nowhere else in town that they would trust to work on their vehicles. Chad recently took the time to post a review about his service experiences at Simard Automotive. "I like coming to this place, even though I haven't experienced another auto shop, and probably never will after the services I received here," Chad writes. "I highly recommend everyone to come here first." Chad and Miranda have visited Simard Automotive multiple times over the years, and our team is always happy to take care of ... read more

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When is the Last Time You Had Your Brakes Checked?

When is the Last Time You Had Your Brakes Checked?

Driving in Fairbanks and throughout Alaska can take its toll on your car or truck—especially in the harsh winter months. With plenty of rain, ice and snow on the horizon, it's a great time to get your brakes and other vehicle safety and performance components inspected.  Safety Concerns Without good brakes, you will not be able to stop or slow down properly. Obviously, this can lead to very dangerous scenarios for you and any passengers with you, not to mention the other drivers on the road. You want your brakes to be working well for safety and overall performance. How Bad Brakes Could Impact Your Entire Car Likewise, brakes that aren't working properly can also lead to problems in other vehicle systems such as the suspension, wheels/tires, whe ... read more

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