Yearly Archives: 2019

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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What it Means if Your Car is Leaking Radiator Coolant

What it Means if Your Car is Leaking Radiator Coolant

Your vehicle's cooling system is one of its most important systems. It is vital for keeping the engine from overheating when it is running at thousands of revolutions per minute (RPMs). The lifeblood of the cooling system is the radiator coolant (also known as radiator fluid or commonly referred to as antifreeze). It circulates from the radiator through all the key cooling components. If there is not enough fluid in the system or it is not recirculating properly, your car will likely overheat and that can lead to major engine damage. Coolant Leaks One of the best ways to tell if you might have a cooling system problem is to check for any coolant leaks. The radiator fluid is pretty easy to identify because it generally has a very bright yellow/green color ... read more

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Jeep Owner Turns to Simard Automotive for Vehicle Inspection and Repairs

Jeep Owner Turns to Simard Automotive for Vehicle Inspection and Repairs

Aloria was getting ready to move with her family's military change of station away from Fairbanks. However, she knew her Jeep was not fit to travel just yet. That's why she turned to the auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive's Airport shop on Aeronca Avenue to get it all fixed up and ready to ship. "Justin at the Airport location has had my full trust through this entire journey of getting my Jeep repaired," Aloria writes in her recent Google review. "He dealt with my warranty company on numerous occasions to make sure I was getting what I deserved from them." The first thing we did once the Jeep was in the Simard Automotive shop was to perform a thorough ... read more

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Do you Need New Spark Plugs? Here Are 6 Signs to Look for.

Do you Need New Spark Plugs? Here Are 6 Signs to Look for.

Spark plugs are among the smallest parts in your vehicle, but they perform a very important function. When you have a bad spark plug or one that isn’t working as it should, you will start to notice some issues. Your engine may not run well or it may struggle to fire up at all. As part of regular vehicle maintenance, the spark plugs should be tested and inspected regularly. Then, they should be replaced as needed to ensure proper performance. That’s why Simard Automotive gives you this list of 6 common signs of spark plug failure: 1. Rough Idling If the engine is idling roughly with unpleasant sounds or vibrations, it could be a sign that it is not firing on all cylinders. The spark plugs will be one of the first things a professional mechanic will look at when an engine isn’t running smoothly. ... read more

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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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