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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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Is Your Water Pump Failing? Here Are the Signs to Look for.

Is Your Water Pump Failing? Here Are the Signs to Look for.

A majority of vehicles will rely on a water pump as a key part of their engine’s cooling system. What this component does is keep the coolant circulating between the radiator and the engine so that the engine is continually running at manageable operating temperatures. Without the water pump, the vehicle will overheat and it could lead to major internal engine damage. Even the most technologically advanced modern water pumps and cooling system can have issues. And certainly, the older your vehicle is, the more likely the water pump will not work as well over time. Sometimes, it can completely fail without notice. Simard Automotive is here to help you if you ever experience water pump problems in Fairbanks, AK. Below are some of the most common signs of a failing water pump that you can look for: 1. The En ... read more

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Subaru Owner Thanks Simard Automotive for Friendly, Professional and Courteous Service

Subaru Owner Thanks Simard Automotive for Friendly, Professional and Courteous Service

When you get a referral from a guy nicknamed "Tank," you know you must be doing something right. We are extremely grateful one of our recent customers, James (aka "Tank") took the time to write a great review about his recent service experience at Simard Automotive. "I brought my Subaru in for an oil change," James writes. "I was promptly greeted and 99% of the paperwork was already filled out. I went upstairs to the waiting are and before I knew it, I was being informed that I was ready to go!" On a daily basis, our team of automotive technicians at both of our Fairbanks shops perform quite a few oil changes along with other standard preventative maintenance services such as tire rotations, fluid checks ... read more

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Alternator Problems? Here Are 5 Symptoms to Look for.

Alternator Problems? Here Are 5 Symptoms to Look for.

In any gasoline-powered vehicle, the alternator is a very important component. Ultimately, it’s a pretty simple device, but it performs a vital function of recycling power to and from the car battery as you are driving. Many hybrids and electric vehicles will not have a traditional alternator since they use different battery systems than regular cars. Your battery is supplying power to the engine, entertainment system, air conditioner and several other electrical components. The alternator ultimately returns the power back into the battery while the car is running, which allows it to maintain a full charge. If the alternator is failing, the battery may die or you will encounter issues with the various electronic systems in the vehicle. If your alternator isn’t working correctly, there are several common symptoms yo ... read more

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It's Called "Preventative Maintenance" for a Reason

It's Called "Preventative Maintenance" for a Reason

In the world of auto repair, "preventative maintenance" is a very common and important term that covers a variety of standard automotive services. Some of the most popular examples would include: • Oil Changes • Transmission Services • Brake Services • Fluid Changes & Flushes • Emissions Testing • Computer Diagnostics • Tire Rotations • Wheel Alignment • Air Filter Replacement • Fuel System Service • Chassis Lubrication • Engine Oil Conditioner • Multi-Point Vehicle Inspections How Often Are These Services Needed? These are just some of the most common preventative maintenance services that your car needs. Some of these procedures (such as oil changes and tire rotations) are required ever ... read more

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Military Customer Appreciates Honest Service at Simard Automotive

Military Customer Appreciates Honest Service at Simard Automotive

With Fort Wainwright and Eielson AFB close to town and Fort Greely and Clear Air Force Station not to far away either, the military has an important presence in the Fairbanks area. At Simard Automotive, we deal with a lot of active duty and retired Army and Air Force personnel, along with their families. We strongly appreciate their service to our country and we're here to help if they ever have automotive needs. Andrew is a military man who recently entrusted his vehicle to the team at Simard Automotive. As you might expect, honesty and commitment are some of the traits he looks for when dealing with a local business. That's exactly what he found at Simard according to his recent online review of one of our shops. "My wife and I were very impressed with our experience here," Andrew writes. " ... read more

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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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