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What to Do When You Have an Exhaust Leak in Your Car

What to Do When You Have an Exhaust Leak in Your Car

When there is an exhaust leak in your car, it is not something that should be ignored or taken lightly. It will affect the performance of the vehicle and can potentially lead to major engine damage if left unrepaired. Dangerous carbon monoxide can leak into the passenger cabin and literally be deadly. It's also not good for the environment if your emissions system isn't doing what it is supposed to do. Signs of an Exhaust Leak There are several signs that will let you know that you have an exhaust leak or some other exhaust problem such as a failing catalytic converter. Here are a few to look for, according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive: • Strong exhaust smell inside the car• Popping or hissing sounds whenever you rev the engine ... read more

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Simard Automotive Customer Learns the Importance of Preventative Maintenance

Simard Automotive Customer Learns the Importance of Preventative Maintenance

We recently featured a story about our friend and longtime Simard Automotive customer, Wallace. He had come in to get a new car battery installed. Recently, he was back in our shop to get some maintenance perform. Wallace had made the mistake of letting some of his standard preventative maintenance services lapse, so he brought his car in to get all the work done at once. "The Simard Automotive team worked together to fix my car problems," Wallace says. "There were numerous issues—all related to past-due maintenance on my 2004 model-year car. I finally decided to get all of the work done." One of the issues Wallace was dealing with was the fact that his check engine light would come on intermittently. He wanted tha ... read more

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Spring Into Savings at Simard Automotive

Spring Into Savings at Simard Automotive

Spring is in the air and Alaska's short summer season is just around the corner. As the weather starts to warm up a little, it's important to get your vehicle ready. The cold winter months can take a toll on certain automotive systems and components, and summer driving will put different demands on the vehicle.  Simard Automotive is here to help with all your automotive repairs and preventative maintenance needs during the spring season. We can save you time, headaches and money by taking care of certain maintenance services now before any major problems develop. Here are some recommended spring maintenance services to consider: Oil Change No matter what season you're in, it's important to get your oil changed as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. Whether that's every 3,000, 5,000 or 10,000 miles, this is a vital preventative maintenance step to take. Even i ... read more

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How to Tell if You Have a Blown Head Gasket

How to Tell if You Have a Blown Head Gasket

The head gasket is a rather simple, yet very important, component within your engine assembly. It provides a vital seal between the engine block and the cylinder head. It allows the engine to build proper compression within the combustion chamber while also containing exhaust gases to keep the engine running efficiently. In addition, it keeps coolant and oil out of the combustion chamber, which can do internal engine damage if leaks occur. Head gaskets are usually made of a composite material using a graphite base, silicone and other sealants to provide a tight seal. However, over time it can deteriorate and develop leaks. And unfortunately, some vehicles and head gaskets are more prone to failure than others, so always be on the lookout for manufacturer recalls if you are worried about your head gasket. When leaks do happen, bad things can happen within the engine. When a significant leak occurs, most ... read more

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Fairbanks Couple Appreciates NAPA Warranty at Simard Automotive

Fairbanks Couple Appreciates NAPA Warranty at Simard Automotive

Michelle and Bill are longtime customers of Simard Automotive. They own a Honda CRV and have had a recurring problem with a gas tank sensor. However, they know they can always count on the team at Simard Automotive for timely repairs, friendly service and honest automotive advice. Their recent review says it all. "Once again, we trusted Simard to help us and they exceeded expectations," say Michelle and Bill. "Honda CRVs have a consistent problem with a sensor in the gas tank. They warrantied their work and did not charge us for the new parts and labor." Since the original repairs performed at Simard Automotive were covered by the NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty, we took care of the gas tank sensor issue for Michelle and Bill. Sometimes co ... read more

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Are You Due for a Fuel System Service?

Are You Due for a Fuel System Service?

You always want your engine to perform its best, and the fuel system is a very important part of it. You need clean fuel getting to your engine so that it can burn efficiently. If the lines are clogged or dirty, or the fuel filter is in need of replacement, you will lose power and fuel efficiency. Simard Automotive in Fairbanks can provide a complete fuel system service to ensure that your fuel system is working properly. It involves a thorough cleaning of key fuel system components such as the fuel lines, fuel injector, intake valve and combustion chambers. We use special cleaning solutions and techniques to produce the best possible results. We will also inspect the fuel filter and replace it if needed. How do you know when you are due for a fuel system service? Here are a few signs you can look for: 1. Vehicle Doesn’t St ... read more

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Preparing for a Military Change of Station? Simard Automotive is Here to Help Get Your Vehicle Ready to Ship.

Preparing for a Military Change of Station? Simard Automotive is Here to Help Get Your Vehicle Ready to Ship.

Changes of station are a natural part of life in the military. You may have been brought to Alaska to serve at one of the excellent military bases here, but perhaps you are getting ready to change stations again and you need help shipping your privately owned vehicle (POV). Shipping Challenges Dealing with the Vehicle Processing Center can be challenging when preparing to ship your vehicle across the country or overseas to your next station. Because Alaska is outside the contiguous United States, it is considered along with Hawaii and all overseas stations (OCONUS) and that also brings some challenges when shipping your vehicle out of our state.  Fairbanks Auto Repair & Inspection Services It helps to have a knowledgeable and experienced automotive shop on your side like ... read more

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Simard Automotive Goes Above and Beyond for One Local Air Force Veteran

Simard Automotive Goes Above and Beyond for One Local Air Force Veteran

Ted is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran living in the Fairbanks, AK area. Recently, he was having problems with the heater in his Jeep Wrangler. This is not a good things in the middle of a cold Alaskan winter. He trusted the automotive experts at Simard Automotive to help with his heating/AC repairs. "My hats off to Simard Automotive for the utmost professionalism when it comes to auto care and repair," Ted says. "These guys did a top notch job restoring heat to my Jeep Wrangler when the temperatures dipped below 40." After Ted picked up his car, he began experiencing problems with the auto start feature on the ignition. He called Simard Automotive to let us know of the complication. Sometimes working on one electronic feature such as the heater/air conditione ... read more

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10 of the Most Common Auto Repairs at Simard Automotive

10 of the Most Common Auto Repairs at Simard Automotive

When you own a car, truck, SUV or any kind of vehicle, it is going to require maintenance and it will likely need some sort of repairs during the time you own it. If you get lucky, it may just be minor stuff. Otherwise, almost every vehicle will need some sort of major repair in its lifetime. At Simard Automotive, we provide all types of automotive maintenance and auto repair services. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of some of the most common repairs we perform at our two Fairbanks, AK shops. 1. Tire Repair A flat tire can often be repaired with a simple patch kit. More severe tire damage may require the whole tire to be replaced. All tires need to be replaced once the tread levels get dangerously low. 2. Brakes Your ... read more

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Why is My Car Making Strange Noises?

Why is My Car Making Strange Noises?

Do you hear strange noises coming from your car, truck or SUV? Do they happen right when you turn on the engine or only when you are driving? Do they get louder when you make sharp turns? These are all good questions to ask when it comes to identifying the source of an unusual or unpleasant sound coming from your vehicle. Almost any bad component can lead to an audible clue that something isn't right. However, there are some common culprits that you can look out for.  Either way, any strange sound is worth getting inspected by a professional mechanic like the technicians at Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK. We can identify the specific problem and recommend the necessary repairs. Here are some of the most common sources of unusual vehicle noises: Exhaust System Vibrating and rattling noises are often associated with an ... read more

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