Yearly Archives: 2019

Preparing for a Military Change of Station? Simard Automotive is Here to Help Get Your Vehicle Ready to Ship.

Preparing for a Military Change of Station? Simard Automotive is Here to Help Get Your Vehicle Ready to Ship.

Changes of station are a natural part of life in the military. You may have been brought to Alaska to serve at one of the excellent military bases here, but perhaps you are getting ready to change stations again and you need help shipping your privately owned vehicle (POV). Shipping Challenges Dealing with the Vehicle Processing Center can be challenging when preparing to ship your vehicle across the country or overseas to your next station. Because Alaska is outside the contiguous United States, it is considered along with Hawaii and all overseas stations (OCONUS) and that also brings some challenges when shipping your vehicle out of our state.  Fairbanks Auto Repair & Inspection Services It helps to have a knowledgeable and experienced automotive shop on your side like ... read more

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Simard Automotive Goes Above and Beyond for One Local Air Force Veteran

Simard Automotive Goes Above and Beyond for One Local Air Force Veteran

Ted is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran living in the Fairbanks, AK area. Recently, he was having problems with the heater in his Jeep Wrangler. This is not a good things in the middle of a cold Alaskan winter. He trusted the automotive experts at Simard Automotive to help with his heating/AC repairs. "My hats off to Simard Automotive for the utmost professionalism when it comes to auto care and repair," Ted says. "These guys did a top notch job restoring heat to my Jeep Wrangler when the temperatures dipped below 40." After Ted picked up his car, he began experiencing problems with the auto start feature on the ignition. He called Simard Automotive to let us know of the complication. Sometimes working on one electronic feature such as the heater/air conditione ... read more

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10 of the Most Common Auto Repairs at Simard Automotive

10 of the Most Common Auto Repairs at Simard Automotive

When you own a car, truck, SUV or any kind of vehicle, it is going to require maintenance and it will likely need some sort of repairs during the time you own it. If you get lucky, it may just be minor stuff. Otherwise, almost every vehicle will need some sort of major repair in its lifetime. At Simard Automotive, we provide all types of automotive maintenance and auto repair services. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of some of the most common repairs we perform at our two Fairbanks, AK shops. 1. Tire Repair A flat tire can often be repaired with a simple patch kit. More severe tire damage may require the whole tire to be replaced. All tires need to be replaced once the tread levels get dangerously low. 2. Brakes Your ... read more

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Why is My Car Making Strange Noises?

Why is My Car Making Strange Noises?

Do you hear strange noises coming from your car, truck or SUV? Do they happen right when you turn on the engine or only when you are driving? Do they get louder when you make sharp turns? These are all good questions to ask when it comes to identifying the source of an unusual or unpleasant sound coming from your vehicle. Almost any bad component can lead to an audible clue that something isn't right. However, there are some common culprits that you can look out for.  Either way, any strange sound is worth getting inspected by a professional mechanic like the technicians at Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK. We can identify the specific problem and recommend the necessary repairs. Here are some of the most common sources of unusual vehicle noises: Exhaust System Vibrating and rattling noises are often associated with an ... read more

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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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