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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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Longtime Customers of Simard Automotive Share Their Story

Longtime Customers of Simard Automotive Share Their Story

Lindsey and her husband have been customers of Simard Automotive for the past few years. As Fairbanks residents, they know they can depend on this friendly local auto shop for all their vehicle maintenance and repair needs. They visited Simard Automotive recently for service and shared their feedback on Google. "As always, my husband and I walked away very pleased with our service at Simard Automotive!" Lindsey writes. "They have taken care of our vehicles for the last few years and we've never had a single complaint. Brad [Davids, Service Advisor] is always happy to see us, even early in the morning before he may have had coffee." Whether they visit Simard Automotive for various automotive repairs or ... read more

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The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Fluids

The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Fluids

Any car or truck is a complex machine with many moving parts. These parts need to have proper lubrication, cooling properties or hydraulic power, and that's why your vehicle has several different fluids running through it. Fluid maintenance is generally fairly simple, but it is extremely important. If the fluid goes bad or a leak leads to low fluid levels, it can result in major damage. In this article, we will walk you through the various fluids you might find in your vehicle: 1. Fuel We won't spend much time on this one, but you need fuel to power your vehicle (unless it is completely electric). Whether it's standard gasoline or diesel, it's easy to watch your fuel gauge and refill the tank as needed. A fuel line leak can be quite dangerous, so if you think there might be a problem, seek help immediately. 2. Engine Oil There is a reason why oil changes are the mo ... read more

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Here are 6 Signs That You Might Have Suspension Problems

Here are 6 Signs That You Might Have Suspension Problems

When you are driving, you want to enjoy a smooth ride. You don’t want to feel every bump in the road. That’s why the health of your suspension is so important. In addition, a bad suspension can lead to other costly damage in your car. Suspension Components First, let’s look at the primary components in your suspension system. You have springs, shocks and struts. Most vehicles will have coil springs. That is the most common style of spring, though some older vehicles will have leaf springs and specialty/custom cars may have air-ride suspension systems installed. The springs are there to help absorb bumps and keep the vehicle riding at a consistent height. Next, you have shocks (shock absorbers) and struts. These terms are often used interchangeably. However, they are actually two different types of suspension components that perform similar functions. Most cars will only have either shocks or struts, though there are some that might have struts in t ... read more

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Simard Automotive Helps Customer Winterize Her Car

Simard Automotive Helps Customer Winterize Her Car

Pam wanted to make sure her car was ready for the Alaskan winter. She's always been good about having regular maintenance done and another mechanic had already taken some steps to winterize the vehicle. However, Pam wanted to make absolutely sure the work was done right. She sought a second opinion from a Fairbanks-based shop that really knows how to get cars completely winter-ready in Alaska. After asking around, Pam decided to bring her car into Simard Automotive. She was glad she did. "I was referred to Simard Automotive by my insurance agency's office and by my Realtor's office, as they all take their cars here," Pam says in her online review. "I made an appointment to have my car checked to make sure it was winterized properly. I showed them the itemized invoice of what I had done pre ... read more

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Don't Buy a Used Car in Fairbanks without Getting it Inspected by Simard Automotive

Don't Buy a Used Car in Fairbanks without Getting it Inspected by Simard Automotive

In many ways, it makes sense to buy a used car because you won’t have to deal with as much depreciation. Still, you have to be very careful when buying a used car. Whether you purchase it from a dealership or a private seller, you don’t want to take any chances. Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly what kind of shape the vehicle is in before you commit to buying it? It’s Your Right to Know Well, that assurance is actually very easy to get. As a used car buyer, you are entitled to your right to know. You can arrange to have the vehicle brought into Simard Automotive for a pre-purchase vehicle inspection. Know that you would be paying for this service, not the seller (unless you negotiate it as part of your deal). However, it’s worth it to have proper peace of mind. The car may run great now and a simple test drive won’t really reveal much. Problems could be on the ... read more

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What to Do When Your Check Engine Light is On

What to Do When Your Check Engine Light is On

All vehicles have many different dashboard warning lights. The newer the vehicle, the more complex and sophisticated this system. These lights are attached directly to the car's computer system, which is connected to various sensors throughout the automobile. There are warning lights for the transmission, tire pressure, oil pressure, and so on. Some denote very serious issues while others are relatively minor. It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with your vehicle's specific dashboard lights (check your owner's manual) and what each of them means. Also, there may be variances such as the color that displays (red usually means very urgent while yellow not as much) or whether the light is flashing or not (flashing also usually means very urgent). Check Engine Light The light you'll want to pay special attention to is the "check engine" l ... read more

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Customer is Grateful for "Helpful, Friendly Crew" at Simard Automotive

Customer is Grateful for "Helpful, Friendly Crew" at Simard Automotive

Amber was in need of automotive repairs in Fairbanks, Alaska, so she did her research and decided to bring her car into Simard Automotive. After all, that many 5-star ratings online couldn't be wrong! Amber was glad she made this decision and it looks like our great staff won her over. "Helpful, friendly crew!" says Amber in her recent online review of Simard Automotive. "It was honestly the best customer service I've gotten from any automotive shop—anywhere. They were quick, efficient and personable people. They even went so far as to warm up my car for me when I came to pick it up (it was thirty below zero)." Providing good customer service is all about the little things. This means covering every detail when it comes to making repairs. Nothing should ever be overlooked and that is how quality automotive repairs are made. The technicians at ... read more

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Car Heating & Air Conditioning Services at Simard Automotive

Car Heating & Air Conditioning Services at Simard Automotive

It's true that your vehicle's heating and air conditioning system is somewhat of a luxury. In the summer, it sure is nice to crank up the AC and stay cool. However, in the middle of winter in Alaska, having a properly functioning heating and defrosting system is absolutely vital. You need to stay warm inside the vehicle when it's extremely cold outside for months on end. And, you need your defroster for optimum visibility throughout the winter. Signs of Heating/AC Problems Let's look at some common symptoms that you might be experiencing problems with your car's heating and air conditioning system: • Air not blowing as cold or warm as you want it to• Defroster taking way too long to clear front windshield and side windows• Rear defroster not clearing rear window• U ... read more

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