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Soldier Gets Help from Simard Automotive During Change of Station

Soldier Gets Help from Simard Automotive During Change of Station

Gregory is a proud military man who recently received his permanent change of station orders from the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Wainwright and was being relocated to Fort Polk in Louisiana. Obviously, that's a big move that brought with it a lot of stress. One issue Gregory ran into was shipping his personal vehicle across the country. He turned to Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK for help in his time of need. "Simard helped me when shipping my vehicle out of Fairbanks," Gregory says in his recent online review. "As a soldier, a permanent change of station can be a very stressful and uncertain process. As often happens, the Vehicle Processing Center discovered issues with my vehicle that held it up from being shipped." Gregory brought his vehicle into Simard Automotive for further inspection ... read more

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Got a Fluid Leak? Don't Wait Until it Becomes a Major Problem!

Got a Fluid Leak? Don't Wait Until it Becomes a Major Problem!

If you notice any fluids leaking from under your vehicle, it's not something you should take lightly. A fluid leak is often the first stage of major automotive problems that can develop. It's always a good idea to get the leak inspected by a professional mechanic and fixed sooner—before it leads to much more significant or costly damage. Identify the Fluid The first step is to identify the leaking fluid. Is it motor oil, radiator coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, gasoline/diesel or something else? You can check out The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Fluids for some identifying traits. Otherwise, a good automotive technician will be able to tell you what the leak is pretty easily. Find the Source of the Leak Figuring out what type of fluid it is will then help the mechanic narrow down the probl ... read more

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Merry Christmas from Simard Automotive!

Merry Christmas from Simard Automotive!

We just wanted to take this moment to wish everyone in Fairbanks and the surrounding communities a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The holiday season sure is special here in Alaska. As snow blankets the ground and everything looks like a winter wonderland, it's easy to know that Christmas is coming. Of course, it's not ideal driving weather and the cold can take its toll on your vehicle, but Simard Automotive is always here to help with any maintenance or repair needs. Most of all, we simply want to thank everybody for making 2018 such a great year at Simard Automotive. We appreciate all the customers who have put their trust in either of our two Fairbanks shops. Special thanks to any customers who took the time to write reviews online or interact with us on social media. We also want to thank our vendor partners, parts ... read more

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Customer Gets Overheating Issues Resolved at Simard Automotive

Customer Gets Overheating Issues Resolved at Simard Automotive

Kathleen was getting very frustrated. Her car was overheating every once in awhile and it seemed to happen randomly. She took it to many different auto repair shops—from small shops to major car dealerships over the past three years. Repairs were made, but nothing seemed to permanently fix the issue. The car kept overheating from time to time and she didn't know what to do. Finally, she called Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK. "This place is amazing," Kathleen writes in her recent online review. "I took it in to Simard Automotive and Brad took a look at it for me. He was able to tell me exactly what was wrong with it, the amount of time it would take to fix, and the cost."Brad Davids has been one of Simard Automotive's ... read more

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Simard Automotive Has Two Convenient Fairbanks Locations to Serve You

Simard Automotive Has Two Convenient Fairbanks Locations to Serve You

Michael Simard started Simard Automotive way back in 1997. Back then, he only had a small one-bay shop that was located near Fairbanks International Airport. Eventually, his business kept growing thanks to quality repair work and excellent customer service. Today, there are two Simard Automotive shop locations ready to serve all your auto repair and maintenance needs in Fairbanks, AK. Airport Location (5200 Aeronca Ave.) • (855) 690-0889 In 1999, Simard Automotive moved out of that first tiny shop and into their current location also very close to the airport. The space is larger and they have continued to grow their service team with expert automotive technicians and service advisors. They work on all different types of vehicles, foreign and domestic. Their policy is if it fits through the bay door, they can work on it ... read more

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The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Filters

The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Filters

As you probably already know, cars are pretty complex and they are only getting more advanced. There are many different systems throughout your vehicle, and each of those systems has multiple vital components performing specific functions. Many of these systems will feature some kind of filter that helps keep dirt, debris and other contaminants from damaging parts or hindering performance. In this article, we will cover some of the common filters found in most vehicles and what you need to know when it comes to ongoing maintenance. Engine Air Filter This is the filter most people know about and it’s something that can easily be maintained on your own. When you bring your car in for service, the mechanic will usually let you know if the engine air filter is getting too dirty or worn out. You will want to replace it as needed to make sure your engine is getting the clean air it ne ... read more

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Fairbanks Car Owner Grateful for Honest Service at Simard Automotive

Fairbanks Car Owner Grateful for Honest Service at Simard Automotive

Jacob was in need of automotive repairs. He hadn't been to Simard Automotive before, but after he did some research, he decided to give one of our Fairbanks shops a try. Jacob was glad he made this decision, as you can tell in his recent online review. "These guys are great," Jacob writes. They worked with me on scheduling my appointment and treated me very good." You always have an option to book an appointment at Simard Automotive. Of course, you are welcome to come by either of our shops at any time, but it's hard to know how busy our technicians will be on any given day. It's never a bad idea to call ahead. We can slot you in with a set day and time, so we'll know to expect you and you won't have to wait. You can also schedule appointments using this convenient online b ... read more

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6 Winter Cooling System Maintenance Tips from Simard Automotive

6 Winter Cooling System Maintenance Tips from Simard Automotive

We all know how cold it gets in Alaska throughout the fall, winter and spring months. It’s a harsh environment and it can be tough to keep your vehicle maintained. One system that definitely needs a lot of attention when it’s freezing outside is the cooling system. You want to keep it working as well as possible this time of year. Sometimes, the term “cooling system” can be a little misleading. It is mainly there to keep your car from overheating. However, it will also keep your engine from seizing up. Essentially, the cooling system regulates the temperature of the engine, and that’s every important during every season. Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK has put together this list of winter cooling syste ... read more

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Are Your Tires Getting Worn Out? Here's What You Need to Know.

Are Your Tires Getting Worn Out? Here's What You Need to Know.

Having good tires with ample tread is important. They will grip the road and help keep you safe behind the wheel. Obviously, your tires will wear out naturally over time, but there are additional factors that can cause them to deteriorate quicker than you want. Other vehicle components and various factors can lead to uneven or increased tire wear. At Simard Automotive, we want you to be safe on the road (especially with Alaska's unpredictable weather). Here are some of the factors to keep in mind when it comes to your tire tread wear: 1. Air Pressure It's a good idea to check your tire air pressure regularly. If they are overinflated or underinflated, it will lead to more rapid tire wear. Likewise, if one tire has a different air pressure than the rest, it will lead to uneven tread wear. 2. Wheel Alignment Properly aligned wheels will help keep the tread wear on your tir ... read more

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Fairbanks Customer Turns to Simard Automotive for Car Heater Repairs

Fairbanks Customer Turns to Simard Automotive for Car Heater Repairs

The heater in Wallace's car was malfunctioning and he needed repairs as soon as possible. He also knew that he was due for some other maintenance services and minor repairs. After doing his research on Fairbanks area automotive shops, Wallace decided to trust his car with the team at Simard Automotive"I had an urgent need for my car heater to be repaired. Also, an oil change was due," Wallace writes in his recent online review. "Those issues were given prompt attention. There were also lower-priority matters, such as a rattling noise coming from the exhaust, a power steering leak, front brake repair and more work regarding enhancing the car heater for maximum output." After talking with Wallace and spending time inspecting his vehicle, the Service Advisors at Simard Automotive understood he was not in a position to take care of all the necessary re ... read more

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