Yearly Archives: 2019

Simard Automotive Wishes You a Happy Holiday Season!

Simard Automotive Wishes You a Happy Holiday Season!

2019 is coming to an end. What a year it's been! We cannot wait to see what 2020 has in store for us, but until the calendar turns over it's time to celebrate the holiday season here in Fairbanks. Simard Automotive would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone out there a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!Time to Be Grateful This is the time of year to enjoy quality time with friends and family. The snow is on the ground and the nights are long, so snuggle up by the fire or gather around the Christmas tree and be thankful for all the people who mean the most to you. We sure have a lot to be thankful for at Simard Automotive. First, we want to give a huge shout out to our exceptional team at both of our Fairbanks auto repair shops. You guys make our business successful with your hard work, positive spirit and dedication. From the automotive technicians to the service advisors out front at ... read more

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7 Ways to Improve Driver Visibility this Winter

7 Ways to Improve Driver Visibility this Winter

It's nice having all four seasons in Alaska, even if that means our winter is a little longer than most people's. Dealing with the cold temperatures, snow and long, dark nights is just part of life in Fairbanks this time of year, and it forces most of us to be more diligent drivers. One thing you can really do to help your safety as a driver is to maximize your visibility. The more you can see (and the more others can see you), the safer you will be. Simard Automotive has put together this list of helpful visibility tips for the winter season: 1. Keep Your Windows Clean This may go without saying, but keep your windshield, rear window and side windows clean. Apply a coat of weather treatment to help keep rain, snow and ice from sticking and clean them often. If you know it is going to be clear overnight with below-freezing temperatures, dry off the windows before you go to bed. This will help k ... read more

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Recent Reviews from Simard Automotive Customers

Recent Reviews from Simard Automotive Customers

At Simard Automotive, we truly appreciate it when our customers take the time to post ratings and write reviews on various online sources like Yelp, Facebook and Google. You can also leave a review directly on our website's Reviews page. Hearing what our customers are saying about Simard Automotive is so helpful to our entire service team. Our goal is always to provide the best customer service around. Whether someone has something positive to say or offers a little constructive criticism, we read every single review and we take what people say to heart. It's what keeps pushing us to provide the highest standards of service. We're always look for ne ... read more

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Is it Time to Change Your Tires?

Is it Time to Change Your Tires?

Your tires provide the only contact points between your car and the road. They affect everything from handling and safety to fuel economy, so you want to make sure they are always in good shape. Tire Rotation One way to extend the lifespan of your tires is to get them rotated every 5,000-6,000 miles. They do not wear out evenly as you drive and every vehicle is a little different. Therefore, rotating the tires on a regular basis as part of your preventative maintenance plan will help spread out the wear and tear, so they last as long as possible. Tread Depth It's also a good idea to check your tire treads every so often. Be sure and check each of the tires because, like we said, they don't wear out evenly when we drive. You can use the "penny test" to get a basic id ... read more

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How Often Should You Change Your Vehicle's Air Filters?

How Often Should You Change Your Vehicle's Air Filters?

An air filter can be easy to overlook. It's not something most of us think about until it is a problem. In this article, we want to talk about both of your vehicle's air filters and how often you need to change them. Engine Air Filter The more important air filter will be the engine air filter. It performs a simple, yet vital role, within your air intake system. An engine needs fresh oxygen for optimal internal combustion. As air is pulled into the motor, it runs through the engine air filter. The filter is there to keep out dust, dirt and debris that can negatively impact the motor's performance. If the filter is old, worn out or too full of dirt, contaminants will get through. This may cause the engine to not run as efficiently and can ultimately lead to internal damage if left ignored. Typically, you will want to change out your engine air filter every 15,000-30,000 mil ... read more

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Customer Appreciates Detailed Vehicle Inspection Report from Simard Automotive

Customer Appreciates Detailed Vehicle Inspection Report from Simard Automotive

Joanny needed quite a bit of work done on her car. She knew there were several problems and some maintenance was likely overdue, as well. Joanny looked around and decided to bring her vehicle to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive. According to her recent online review, she was glad to have made that decision. "We are so satisfied with the professional service that we received that we will definitely stay and highly recommend these mechanics," Joanny writes. "The customer service was exceptional." Because Joanny didn't know exactly everything that was wrong with the vehicle, she had Simard Automotive run diagnostic tests and perform a thorough inspection. Our automotive technicians looked everything over carefully and produced a detailed inspection report. Some is ... read more

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Bad Muffler? Here Are 3 Problems to Look for

Bad Muffler? Here Are 3 Problems to Look for

A vehicle's exhaust system serves a very important purpose. From the exhaust manifold through the catalytic converter and ultimately out through the muffler and tailpipe, it expels dangerous gasses from the engine and burns them off to reduce harmful emissions into the environment. If any component isn't working or an exhaust leak develops, you will lose fuel economy and it could lead to major internal engine damage that will be costly to repair. Of course, you may also be breathing in deadly carbon monoxide fumes if the exhaust leaks into the passenger cabin. The muffler acts as kind of the final gatekeeper in the emissions process, though its primary purpose is just as the name suggests. It muffles the sound of the engine as exhaust is expelled. You always want to make sure your muffler is in good shape. The good news is there are some common symptoms you might notice, which will tell ... read more

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What Alaska's Cold Weather Can Do to Your Car

What Alaska's Cold Weather Can Do to Your Car

We love living in Alaska, especially here in the Fairbanks area. There is no place like it on earth. However, nobody ever said this climate is easy on vehicles. When the fall and winter months roll around, it gets harder and harder to keep your car, truck or SUV running right. There are other safety issues that also come with driving in inclement weather. In this article, we'd like to talk about some of the common Alaskan weather issues and what they can do to your car. Rain and Moisture Excess moisture in the air and on the ground can take its toll on any vehicle. It wears out rubber and foam components like belts, hoses and door/window seals. It can lead to rust in parts that aren't properly coated. Also, driving on wet roads can kick up a lot of dirt, grime, road salt and greas ... read more

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Customer Praises A++ Communication at Simard Automotive

Customer Praises A++ Communication at Simard Automotive

Jacqueline has an older car that has been through a lot. That's pretty common here in Alaska. It has been worked on quite a bit over the years and has kind of been "pieced together" as repairs have been needed. Yet, it's been a dependable vehicle for her. Unfortunately, it broke down recently and Jacqueline knew she had to turn to some local automotive experts to get the job done right. "A friend of mine recommended Simard and I have nothing but good things to say about them," Jacqueline says in her recent Google review. "They were prompt, courteous, helpful and above and beyond when it came to getting my car back on the road within my budget. It runs even better than it did before it broke down now and I am so grateful." Needless to say, there were quite a few issues with the car that were uncovered once the Simard Automotive technicians performed ... read more

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Why You Need to Get Your Brakes Checked

Why You Need to Get Your Brakes Checked

The Alaskan winter is just around the corner. This makes it a great time to take care of a number for key vehicle maintenance tasks. One of the most important is getting your brakes checked and serviced. For Fairbanks area residents, Simard Automotive is the local auto shop to turn to for all brake repairs and maintenance procedures. Brake Inspection It starts with a thorough inspection of the brake components. Sometimes, things just need to be cleaned as driving will kick up a lot of dirt and grease (and road salt in the snowy season). Keeping the brake parts clean will help keep them healthy and performing correctly. If any components need to be replaced, Simard Automotive will let you know. Brake Replacement Parts Generally, the brake pads are what will need to be replaced most often. They wear out quickly and often ... read more

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