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Classic Chevy Owner Gets Repairs Done at Simard Automotive Before 3,500-Mile Drive

Classic Chevy Owner Gets Repairs Done at Simard Automotive Before 3,500-Mile Drive

A Google reviewer by the initials of A.H. recently shared his feedback about his service experience at Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, Alaska. He needed a professional mechanic to completely go over his classic 1966 Chevrolet Carry All (what would now be called a Suburban) before taking it on a long drive back down to California.  "Based on recommendations from local friends and a mechanic at another shop, I brought in my Chevy Carry All to get an inspection and tune up," A.H. writes in his Google review. "I was not disappointed. They did a great job going over my vehicle. They found issues we knew about and several we had overlooked." When you need a thorough vehicle inspection in Fairbanks, look no further than Simard Automotive. We do many vehicle inspections, whether it's for DMV pre-registration, used car purchases or ... read more

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Signs That Your Wheels Are Out of Alignment

Signs That Your Wheels Are Out of Alignment

When your vehicle's wheels get out of alignment, it may just seem like a slight annoyance at first. Perhaps the car pulls a bit to one side or the other, or maybe it feels a little loose when cornering. Slowly but surely, the problem becomes worse and before long the handling is really off. This is when it becomes somewhat dangerous to drive.  The Snowball Effect What you may also not realize is that when your wheels are out of alignment, it could be causing damage to other vehicle components that are having to work harder to make up for the misalignment of the camber, caster or toe. We're talking about the brakes, suspension, wheels/tires, differentials, transfer case and power steering system. In other words, that slight annoyance of bad wheel alignment can ultimately develop into some very expensive automotive repairs. Wheel Alignment Issues to Look for ... read more

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What Are Your Car's Factory Recommended Maintenance Needs?

What Are Your Car's Factory Recommended Maintenance Needs?

Cars are very complex machines and they require plenty of maintenance in order to keep them running right and lasting long. Ignoring standard maintenance procedures can put you and your car at risk. The vehicle might not perform right or it could be flat-out dangerous to drive if certain parts are worn out or damaged. In addition, the longer you put off preventative maintenance and minor repairs, the more you risk developing major automotive problems that will be very expensive to repair. What Maintenance Does My Vehicle Require? The tricky part is that every car is a little bit different. The maintenance needs of a classic 1960s Ford Mustang are going to be somewhat different than a 2019 Chevy Silverado. The parts are different. The systems are more or less complex depending on how old the vehicle is. For example ... read more

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VW Owner Knows She Can Depend on Simard Automotive

VW Owner Knows She Can Depend on Simard Automotive

Patty owns a Volkswagen and has been frustrated with other auto repair shops in Fairbanks who have less experience in dealing with German and other European cars. When she found Simard Automotive, she was relieved to know there was someone in town who could handle the maintenance and repair needs of her beloved VW. Recently, Patty was having automotive problems and she brought it to Simard Automotive for an inspection and repairs. Some vehicle issues are simpler to diagnose than others. In her case, our technicians had to dig a little deeper to find out exactly what was wrong. Thankfully, our team is extremely skilled and knowledgeable, which allowed them to figure out the problem and get it promptly repaired. "Simard figured out a problem that was not immediately ... read more

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How to Keep You and Your Car from Overheating This Summer

How to Keep You and Your Car from Overheating This Summer

Summer is in full swing. The weather is beautiful in Alaska and it's time to make the most of our short summertime season. The last thing you want is for your car or truck to have problems when things heat up. You want to stay cool and you want to keep your engine from overheating. That's why Simard Automotive is here to help! Cooling System Inspection & Repairs First and foremost, you don't want your car to overheat when the weather outside gets warmer. That's why it's a good idea to get a cooling system inspection from a professional auto shop like Simard Automotive in Fairbanks. Our technicians can inspect all the key components such as the water pump, radiator, head gasket, radiator fluid (coolant), fans and fluid lines. We can make sure everything is ... read more

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How to Tell if Your Transmission is Slipping

How to Tell if Your Transmission is Slipping

Transmission problems can come in many different forms, but one of the most common is when it slips between gears. This means the transmission is not shifting correctly or it is not staying properly in gear as you are driving. It is usually the sign of internal transmission damage, or sometimes it just means your vehicle is due for a standard transmission service (replacing the transmission fluid, filter and pan gasket). The earlier you detect a slipping transmission, the more likely you can get by with a transmission service instead of having to pay for more costly transmission repairs. At the first sign of trouble, you will want to bring your car into a professional auto repair shop like Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK. Here are 6 common signs of a slipping transmission: 1. A Sluggish Feeling If the vehicle feels unusually sluggish as if it has less power or is struggling to accelerate, it could ... read more

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Customer Gets 30-Point Vehicle Inspection at Simard Automotive

Customer Gets 30-Point Vehicle Inspection at Simard Automotive

Martha recently brought her car into Simard Automotive for some minor maintenance services and a 30-point vehicle inspection. She was so pleased with the experience that she shared her feedback in an online review. "I appreciate the prompt service and thorough check-up on my car," Martha writes. "I also appreciate a written report with the results of the 30-point inspection." With this service, the technicians at Simard Automotive look over key systems in the vehicle from bumper to bumper and then provide the customer with a detailed report of all the findings. Our goal is to educate and inform our customers so they can know exactly what shape their car is in and what work might recommended. Some repairs may be more urgent while other issues just need to be noted. Ultimately, the inspection ... read more

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The Risks of Driving with a Damaged Motor Mount

The Risks of Driving with a Damaged Motor Mount

Whether you prefer to call them motor mounts or engine mounts, these simple connections are among the most important in your vehicle. They are what hold the engine in place atop the chassis. They use a combination of metal connections and rubber seals/pads to hold things in place and minimize the vibrations as the engine runs. A car’s engine generates a ton of power and torque and that’s why it’s so important to have healthy motor mounts. Over time, the rubber seals will often crack or wear out, and this leads to big risks. If the engine starts to move around, even just slightly, it can lead to engine issues, chassis/frame damage and handling problems. To put it bluntly, it’s very unsafe to drive with a broken or weak engine mount. According to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive, there are a ... read more

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Are the Rough Alaskan Roads Damaging Your Suspension?

Are the Rough Alaskan Roads Damaging Your Suspension?

Alaska is a beautiful place to live, but the roads can be rough. During the summer months is when a lot of road construction is happening to repair damage from over the cold winter. It's a never-ending cycle that leads to a lot of unpleasant driving surfaces. Then, some older country roads are just challenging to begin with. Suspension Damage Unfortunately, driving on Alaska's often-rough roads can take its toll on your car or truck's suspension system. The shocks, struts, springs and hydraulic lines can undergo so much extra stress, which will make an already bumpy ride even bumpier. A bad suspension system is not only annoying. It can also lead to other mechanical problems in the vehicle, including damage to the brakes, tires, wheels, axles, differentials and even the transmission/drivetrain system. Suspension System Inspecti ... read more

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Fairbanks Customer Always Satisfied with Service at Simard Automotive

Fairbanks Customer Always Satisfied with Service at Simard Automotive

William has been to Simard Automotive many times in recent years. He knows he can trust this local auto repair shop with all types of maintenance and repairs for any vehicle he owns. Recently, William was nice enough to share his feedback about us in a Google review. "Have taken three different vehicles here for everything from installing a winterization kit to 15,000-mile services to oil changes," William writes. "I've been satisfied with the work every time." William feel confident when he takes his vehicles to Simard Automotive because we offer honest service and quality repairs. Whether he needs routine maintenance services, more significant automotive repairs or custom auto work, our team is always there to help with genuine advice and timely communication. It's very important that our ... read more

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