Yearly Archives: 2019

Exhaust Leak? It's Not a Problem You Want to Ignore!

Exhaust Leak? It's Not a Problem You Want to Ignore!

An exhaust leak is a serious automotive issue. You may smell the exhaust fumes more than normal or you may even see exhaust smoke coming out from somewhere other than the tailpipe. Your check engine light will also usually come on when there is an exhaust issue. If your car has an exhaust leak, it is not a problem that you want to ignore. The Risks of an Exhaust Leak If an exhaust leak persists, it can obviously be dangerous to your health (and the health of anyone riding in the vehicle. Exhaust fumes (especially those that haven't been burned off properly in the catalytic converter) are full of dangerous carbon monoxide that can literally be deadly when you breathe in too much of it. In addition, a malfunctioning exhaust system can lead to serious engine damage. The exhaust system is there to pull away and burn off the exhaust fumes coming from the engine. If that isn ... read more

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First-Time Simard Automotive Customer Shares Her Feedback

First-Time Simard Automotive Customer Shares Her Feedback

Rebecca knew something was wrong with her car's cooling system. It was running hot and she also noticed a radiator coolant leak. Rebecca is a careful consumer, so she took the time to do her research online about auto repair shops in the Fairbanks area. After reading a lot of reviews, she decided to take her car to Simard Automotive for an inspection and repair recommendations. "I chose Simard because it had the best reviews locally, and I can firmly say the reviews don't lie!" Rebecca says. "Everyone was kind, courteous, and they got my car in the same day and out the next." After the Simard Automotive team of auto technicians took the time to inspect the vehicle, they produced a detailed 30-point inspection report that we were able to share with Rebecca. They identified the source ... read more

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Is Your Car Laboring? Here Are Some Possible Reasons Why.

Is Your Car Laboring? Here Are Some Possible Reasons Why.

Hopefully, you had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend as the summer season officially comes to an end. However, if your vehicle feels like it is "laboring" more than usual, then maybe it's time to take care of it.  Since you drive your primary car, truck or SUV pretty much every day, you can often tell when something just isn't quite right. Maybe the vehicle feel like it is sluggish, lacking power and not accelerating like it is supposed to. Perhaps it feels a little loose as you drive, with a lot of bumps and vibrations. The assumption from most car owners is that there's a problem with the engine, but that is usually not the case. There are many other reasons why your vehicle might be laboring more than usual, according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive. Let's look at a few of the most common sources: Transmission The transmission is very often the cu ... read more

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What's that Noise? Identifying the Strange Sounds Your Car Might Make.

What's that Noise? Identifying the Strange Sounds Your Car Might Make.

One of the easiest ways to tell if you have an automotive problem is to simply listen to your car. Any time you hear a strange noise, it could mean that there is an issue worth getting looked at by a professional mechanic. Some sounds are common and represent minor concerns. Meanwhile, other sounds are signs that there is something seriously wrong. Here are some of the common noises you might hear (and what they might mean) according to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive: 1. Engine Squealing This is something you'll probably notice right when you turn on the car. The sound may persist as you drive or it might slowly go away as the vehicle warms up. This is usually one of the belts (timing belt, fan belt, etc.) that may need to be adjusted or replaced, but persistent noises coming from the engine ... read more

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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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