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Repeat Customer Gets Car Battery Replaced at Simard Automotive

Repeat Customer Gets Car Battery Replaced at Simard Automotive

Wallace is a longtime customer of Simard Automotive. He knows he can always trust the Fairbanks auto repair shop when he needs repairs or vehicle maintenance. Not long ago, we told you about his experience with a repair to his car's heater. Recently, Wallace revisited Simard Automotive after his battery died. "I recently discovered that my car battery had died and needed replacement," Wallace says. "After getting a jump-start, I dropped off my car at Simard Automotive for the work. From the looks of their parking lot, it appeared they already had plenty of business. But somehow they managed to squeeze me into their schedule for an appointment." Though we get walk-in customers all the time at Simard Automotive, it's never a bad idea to call ahead to schedule a ... read more

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The Effects of Ice and Road Salt on Your Vehicle

The Effects of Ice and Road Salt on Your Vehicle

Driving in the middle of a cold Alaskan winter can bring with it plenty of challenges, but we're used to it up here in Fairbanks. Rain, snow, sleet and ice are all hazards that make for difficult visibility and often-dangerous road conditions. It pays to be extra cautious when driving around. Damage Underneath the Vehicle However, there are other winter-related issues that not every car or truck owner keeps in mind. That's the effect of the moisture, freezing temperatures, sand and salt on the vehicle itself. Unless you have an older vehicle and can see the rust on the body, the hidden dangers are what these elements are doing underneath the car. As you drive, so much grease, grime, salt, sand and water get kicked up under the chassis. Keeping Your Car Clean One of the best preventative measures you can take is to ... read more

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Suspension Problems? Simard Automotive is Here to Help!

Suspension Problems? Simard Automotive is Here to Help!

There are many negative effects on you and your vehicle when you are experiencing significant suspension system problems. It certainly impacts your comfort as a driver if you are feeling every bump in the road. It can also be a major safety issue if things are out of balance or key suspension components are damaged. You may lose control around corners or over uneven road surfaces. One Thing Leads to Another Last but not least, suspension problems can lead to other damage in your vehicle. This includes the wheels, tires, axles, differentials, brakes, chassis and more. A bad suspension can compound into many other issues that can be very expensive to repair. Fairbanks Suspension Repair If you live in the Fairbanks area or any of the surrounding regions and are experiencing suspension problems (check out our article ... read more

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BMW Owner Turns to Simard Automotive for Expert Repairs

BMW Owner Turns to Simard Automotive for Expert Repairs

As a BMW owner, Roger was a little unsure about trusting a local Fairbanks shop with his import car repairs. However, he needed some work done and had heard good things about Simard Automotive. He put his trust in our team and was very happy with the results. Roger recently shared his feedback in a Google review. "Amazing work and got me in fast," Roger writes. "Worked on my 2010 BMW 335i xdrive. Also super friendly and they walk you through all of what they do. They also ask before they do anything which is super thoughtful." Brad brings up some good points there. At Simard Automotive, we don't proceed with any significant repairs before receiving authorization from the customer. It's important that we take the time to answer questions and explain our repair recommendations th ... read more

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5 Signs of Power Steering Problems

5 Signs of Power Steering Problems

If you have a vehicle with a traditional power steering system, it is prone to problems. Just like most systems in a car, it requires standard preventative maintenance and care. If it is experiencing issues, it needs to be repaired. If you drive for extended periods with power steering problems, it can lead to more significant damage. Many new vehicles manufactured in the past few years will use an electronic power steering system (EPS) that uses an electric motor design compared to hydraulic pumps or pistons. Some older cars may not have power steering at all. These different types of steering systems still require attention and professional maintenance/repairs. However, in this article we will focus mostly on traditional power steering systems that use hydraulic pump designs and power steering fluid. There are common signs that you have a power steering problem in your vehicle. If you notice any ... read more

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The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Sensors

The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Sensors

Your vehicle is equipped with numerous sensors to help notify you when there is a potential problem. The more advanced and modern your car is, the more sensors it will likely have. They are connected directly to the computer system. They are there to help make sure the vehicle performs its best while also to warn if something is wrong. Sensors can sometimes produce faulty warnings if not calibrated correctly. Or, the sensors can fail altogether and will need to be replaced. They are just like any automotive component that can wear out with time. Every vehicle manufacturer will have different systems and sensors they might use, and almost every car will be a little different, as well. However, Simard Automotive has put together this list of the most common sensors that you will find in many of today’s cars, trucks and SUVs. Oxygen Sensor &n ... read more

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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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