Yearly Archives: 2019

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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Customer Gets 30-Point Vehicle Inspection at Simard Automotive

Customer Gets 30-Point Vehicle Inspection at Simard Automotive

Martha recently brought her car into Simard Automotive for some minor maintenance services and a 30-point vehicle inspection. She was so pleased with the experience that she shared her feedback in an online review. "I appreciate the prompt service and thorough check-up on my car," Martha writes. "I also appreciate a written report with the results of the 30-point inspection." With this service, the technicians at Simard Automotive look over key systems in the vehicle from bumper to bumper and then provide the customer with a detailed report of all the findings. Our goal is to educate and inform our customers so they can know exactly what shape their car is in and what work might recommended. Some repairs may be more urgent while other issues just need to be noted. Ultimately, the inspection ... read more

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The Risks of Driving with a Damaged Motor Mount

The Risks of Driving with a Damaged Motor Mount

Whether you prefer to call them motor mounts or engine mounts, these simple connections are among the most important in your vehicle. They are what hold the engine in place atop the chassis. They use a combination of metal connections and rubber seals/pads to hold things in place and minimize the vibrations as the engine runs. A car’s engine generates a ton of power and torque and that’s why it’s so important to have healthy motor mounts. Over time, the rubber seals will often crack or wear out, and this leads to big risks. If the engine starts to move around, even just slightly, it can lead to engine issues, chassis/frame damage and handling problems. To put it bluntly, it’s very unsafe to drive with a broken or weak engine mount. According to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive, there are a ... read more

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Are the Rough Alaskan Roads Damaging Your Suspension?

Are the Rough Alaskan Roads Damaging Your Suspension?

Alaska is a beautiful place to live, but the roads can be rough. During the summer months is when a lot of road construction is happening to repair damage from over the cold winter. It's a never-ending cycle that leads to a lot of unpleasant driving surfaces. Then, some older country roads are just challenging to begin with. Suspension Damage Unfortunately, driving on Alaska's often-rough roads can take its toll on your car or truck's suspension system. The shocks, struts, springs and hydraulic lines can undergo so much extra stress, which will make an already bumpy ride even bumpier. A bad suspension system is not only annoying. It can also lead to other mechanical problems in the vehicle, including damage to the brakes, tires, wheels, axles, differentials and even the transmission/drivetrain system. Suspension System Inspecti ... read more

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Fairbanks Customer Always Satisfied with Service at Simard Automotive

Fairbanks Customer Always Satisfied with Service at Simard Automotive

William has been to Simard Automotive many times in recent years. He knows he can trust this local auto repair shop with all types of maintenance and repairs for any vehicle he owns. Recently, William was nice enough to share his feedback about us in a Google review. "Have taken three different vehicles here for everything from installing a winterization kit to 15,000-mile services to oil changes," William writes. "I've been satisfied with the work every time." William feel confident when he takes his vehicles to Simard Automotive because we offer honest service and quality repairs. Whether he needs routine maintenance services, more significant automotive repairs or custom auto work, our team is always there to help with genuine advice and timely communication. It's very important that our ... read more

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Why Are You Getting Less Gas Mileage Than You Expect?

Why Are You Getting Less Gas Mileage Than You Expect?

Gas is getting more and more expensive. It doesn’t matter if you drive a big gas-guzzling truck or a fuel-efficient hybrid. You still want to save as much time and money at the pump as you can. If it seems like your vehicle isn’t getting the gas mileage it should, it could be a result of numerous different automotive issues. Here are 10 of the most common things that can affect your MPG according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive: 1. Fuel System Problems There may be an issue in your fuel system, whether it’s a dirty fuel filter, a clog or leak in one of the fuel lines or something else. Getting a professional fuel system service might be recommended. 2. Using the A/C Too Much If you really crank up the air conditioner all the time, you won’t get very good gas mileage. You may want to get you’re ... read more

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The Importance of Oil Changes

The Importance of Oil Changes

There are many good reasons why oil changes are the most common form of automotive maintenance performed. Though there are many different fluids throughout your car performing different lubricating or hydraulic functions, motor oil truly is the lifeblood of any vehicle. It helps keep the engine running smoothly with proper lubrication between fast-moving metal parts. Without engine oil doing its job, bad things can and will happen. Preventative Maintenance An oil change is the epitome of what we call "preventative maintenance" in the auto repair industry. It is called preventative because it is a service performed to help prevent major engine breakdowns. If you don't get your oil and oil filter changed regularly, then the oil ultim ... read more

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Local Customer Appreciates Caring and Thoughtful Service at Simard Automotive

Local Customer Appreciates Caring and Thoughtful Service at Simard Automotive

Dani recently visited Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK for the second time. She was so pleased with her first service experience, that she came back to our shop for help with putting new tires on her vehicle. "I recently went to Simard Automotive for an oil change and was thrilled with the experience," Dani writes in her recent Google review. "Well, this week I needed tires put on my vehicle and again the crew here went above and beyond to help me out of a very tight situation. They offered me a ride to work and even though I declined, they brought my car to me when it was finished." At Simard Automotive, we always aim to please. We understand our customers have busy schedules and getting car repairs completed is rarely a convenient experience. We do our best to eliminate the stress and help out our customers ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Pulling Left or Right? Here Are Some Possible Reasons Why.

Is Your Vehicle Pulling Left or Right? Here Are Some Possible Reasons Why.

You may notice while you are driving that your car or truck is pulling to one side or the other. You may feel it when driving on a straightaway and you let go of the wheel briefly. It might pull gently or it could pull kind of violently to the left or right. Or, you may notice it more when you are making a tight turn or when braking/accelerating. If something is affecting the vehicle's handling, it is worth getting checked out by a professional mechanic. Not only is it a matter of your safety as a driver, but it's best to get the problem diagnosed before it develops into something much more significant. According to the auto repair experts at Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK, here are some of the most common causes of a vehicle pulling to one side or the other: 1. Wheel Alignment Over time, your wheels naturally shift out of alignment. Whether it's the camber, caster or toe that is off, i ... read more

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