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Local Customer Praises Staff at Simard Automotive's Gaffney Road Shop

Local Customer Praises Staff at Simard Automotive's Gaffney Road Shop

Evelyn has been taking her cars to Simard Automotive's Gaffney Road Chevron Shop for many years. She knows she can always depend on the service team to help her out and provide honest automotive advice. Here is what Evelyn had to say in her recent online review of this Fairbanks auto shop: "I have been using Simard's on Gaffney since they took over from the previous owner," Evelyn writes. "I find their folks always helpful, even when I just pull in and ask a question. When I need service, I can get in quickly and their service is exceptional." Whether you need minor maintenance or major repairs, the teams at both of our local shops are here to help. We aim to get you in and out as quickly as possible, while at the same time making sure the work is done right. If you have questions, our service advisors have ... read more

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What Does it Mean to Bleed Your Brakes?

What Does it Mean to Bleed Your Brakes?

When you bring your vehicle into an auto repair shop for a brake inspection and service, they will look over a number of things. They will check the brake pads, rotors/drums, mechanical elements, and ABS sensors and settings. One other thing they will usually inspect is the brake fluid. Brake fluid is there to provide hydraulic pressure to control the brake components when you step on the brake pedal. Keeping Your Brake Fluid Healthy Like any automotive fluid, brake fluid can degrade in quality over time, in which case it may need to be replaced. What happens more commonly, however, is that air bubbles can build up within the brake lines and cause all sorts of brake problems. Sometimes the connection points are weak to let air in or the hoses themselves are deteriorating. There ... read more

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Time for a Winter Wheel Alignment Check?

Time for a Winter Wheel Alignment Check?

Winter is generally a good time to take care of certain automotive needs. You want to be safe when out on the road and you want your vehicle to be reliable during the coldest time of year. One maintenance activity you may not want to put off is making sure your wheels are aligned properly. There are numerous benefits to a wheel alignment, especially in the winter season. Bring your car, truck, SUV or service vehicle into Fairbanks' own Simard Automotive for a quick and easy wheel alignment check. If it is out of alignment, we'll let you know what specific work needs to be done and you can decide if you want to proceed with the service(s). Here are 4 simple reasons why it's good to get your wheels in better alignment this winter: 1. Improved Handling & Performance When your wheels are properly aligned, they a ... read more

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Longtime Loyal Customer Gets Shaft Seal Replaced at Simard Automotive

Longtime Loyal Customer Gets Shaft Seal Replaced at Simard Automotive

Wallace is a longtime customer of Simard Automotive. In fact, we've featured him before on our blog! He recently visited one of our Fairbanks auto shops again for more automotive repairs. This time, he was experiencing some drivetrain issues that he wanted to get addressed by our professional auto technicians. Here is what Wallace said in his latest online review: "I recently drove to Simard Automotive to have repair work done on my car," Wallace writes. "A shaft seal was replaced, since it was in danger of leaking onto one of the wheels/brakes. The mechanic also noted that there were worn ball joints, but that repair was not urgent. It was recommended that I bring the car back in May for replacement of the ball joints." At Simard Automotive, we believe in telling it ... read more

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Are You Dealing with an Emissions System Problem?

Are You Dealing with an Emissions System Problem?

Today's modern vehicles have more advanced emissions systems than ever. The exhaust control system (also know as the EVAP system) features sensitive controls, sensors and equipment to reduce emissions. Then, you have the standard exhaust system equipment like the catalytic converter, exhaust pipes and muffler that all play their part in keeping the engine healthy and minimizing the toxicity of the exhaust being put into our environment.  All cars, trucks and SUVs—new and old—require exhaust system and emissions system maintenance and repairs to keep the vehicle running right. So, how do you know if you might have an emissions/exhaust system problem? Here are some symptoms to look for, according to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive: 1. Warning Lights Of course, t ... read more

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8 Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change

8 Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change

Getting your engine oil and oil filter changed is absolutely the most important preventative maintenance service that any vehicle requires. Clean, fresh oil will help keep the engine healthy and provide better automotive performance, in general. Some modern vehicles that use synthetic oils and synthetic blends don't need the oil changed as often as most older cars, but all vehicles will require this maintenance periodically. Check your owner's manual or consult with your mechanic on how often you should get an oil change. If you aren't sure the last time you changed your oil or you think you may be overdue for an oil change, here are some signs to look for according to Simard Automotive: 1. Low on Oil It is very easy to check your oil yourself using the handy dipstick under the hood. If the oil level is below the recommen ... read more

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Customer Appreciates Detailed Inspection Report from Simard Automotive

Customer Appreciates Detailed Inspection Report from Simard Automotive

Carolyn was concerned when the wrench icon light came on her car. In most modern vehicles, the wrench light usually means some general maintenance service is due. However, Carolyn wasn't sure why her light came on and she wanted to get to the bottom of it. She brought her car to several auto shops in Fairbanks, but none were able to give her a clear answer. They could turn it off, but it would just keep coming back on. Carolyn wasn't satisfied with the results until she took it to the automotive experts at Simard Automotive! "Very happy that the tech was able to determine why my wrench light would not go off!" Carolyn says. "I really appreciate how thorough the mechanics and techs were in checking everything in my car. And the lady at the front desk letting me know the positives on it... It was in pretty good shape for 120,000 miles!" ... read more

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8 Reasons Why Your Car is Struggling to Start

8 Reasons Why Your Car is Struggling to Start

Engines tend to have a little harder time starting up in the cold winter months, but as long as there are no problems they should fire up just fine. If your car is struggling to start or stalls out when you come to a stop, it's probably more than just the cold temperatures outside. You may have an automotive problem that needs attention. According to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive, here are some of the most common culprits when it comes to an engine that's struggling to turn over: 1. Dead/Low Battery This is definitely something that can be impacted by freezing temperatures as the battery tends to drain more quickly or can lose some power while the vehicle is turned off. You may have a dead battery or low charge that is making it hard for the engine to start up. 2. Bad Spark Plug ... read more

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Simard Automotive Wishes You a Very Merry Christmas!

Simard Automotive Wishes You a Very Merry Christmas!

We've all been through a lot this year, but the holiday season is a perfect reminder to spread joy and cheer when we all need it most. We wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!Looking Back It's amazing to think of how far Simard Automotive has come since Michael Simard built his own tiny one-bay shop in Fairbanks back in 1997. Now, we have two full-service repair facilities in town and we've had the great pleasure to serve so many wonderful customers over the years. From military personnel and longtime Fairbanks residents to those just passing through for a short visit, we're always ready and willing to help anyone in need of automotive repairs or vehicle maintenance services. Our Service Commitment We understand that nobody really wants to deal with automotive repair, so we aim to make the pro ... read more

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Recent Reviews of Simard Automotive's Chevron Shop

Recent Reviews of Simard Automotive's Chevron Shop

Last week, we featured some recent customer reviews from our Airport Shop. This week, we want to focus on our wonderful service team at Simard Automotive's Chevron Shop located at 768 Gaffney Road in Downtown Fairbanks. We're so proud to have two great auto repair shops here to serve more customers throughout the region. Brittney came in to put on snow tires for the winter season. "All of my tires were on within 20 mins," she writes. "Super fast and professional.""Excellent service and friendly staff," adds Jabez."Great customer service," says Sherri. What our customers have to say really matters to the entire team at Simard Automotive. We truly appreciate when a customer takes the time to post a rating and/or write a review about their service experience at one of ou ... read more

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