Yearly Archives: 2019

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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What to Do When You Have an Exhaust Leak in Your Car

What to Do When You Have an Exhaust Leak in Your Car

When there is an exhaust leak in your car, it is not something that should be ignored or taken lightly. It will affect the performance of the vehicle and can potentially lead to major engine damage if left unrepaired. Dangerous carbon monoxide can leak into the passenger cabin and literally be deadly. It's also not good for the environment if your emissions system isn't doing what it is supposed to do. Signs of an Exhaust Leak There are several signs that will let you know that you have an exhaust leak or some other exhaust problem such as a failing catalytic converter. Here are a few to look for, according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive: • Strong exhaust smell inside the car• Popping or hissing sounds whenever you rev the engine ... read more

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Simard Automotive Customer Learns the Importance of Preventative Maintenance

Simard Automotive Customer Learns the Importance of Preventative Maintenance

We recently featured a story about our friend and longtime Simard Automotive customer, Wallace. He had come in to get a new car battery installed. Recently, he was back in our shop to get some maintenance perform. Wallace had made the mistake of letting some of his standard preventative maintenance services lapse, so he brought his car in to get all the work done at once. "The Simard Automotive team worked together to fix my car problems," Wallace says. "There were numerous issues—all related to past-due maintenance on my 2004 model-year car. I finally decided to get all of the work done." One of the issues Wallace was dealing with was the fact that his check engine light would come on intermittently. He wanted tha ... read more

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Spring Into Savings at Simard Automotive

Spring Into Savings at Simard Automotive

Spring is in the air and Alaska's short summer season is just around the corner. As the weather starts to warm up a little, it's important to get your vehicle ready. The cold winter months can take a toll on certain automotive systems and components, and summer driving will put different demands on the vehicle.  Simard Automotive is here to help with all your automotive repairs and preventative maintenance needs during the spring season. We can save you time, headaches and money by taking care of certain maintenance services now before any major problems develop. Here are some recommended spring maintenance services to consider: Oil Change No matter what season you're in, it's important to get your oil changed as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. Whether that's every 3,000, 5,000 or 10,000 miles, this is a vital preventative maintenance step to take. Even i ... read more

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How to Tell if You Have a Blown Head Gasket

How to Tell if You Have a Blown Head Gasket

The head gasket is a rather simple, yet very important, component within your engine assembly. It provides a vital seal between the engine block and the cylinder head. It allows the engine to build proper compression within the combustion chamber while also containing exhaust gases to keep the engine running efficiently. In addition, it keeps coolant and oil out of the combustion chamber, which can do internal engine damage if leaks occur. Head gaskets are usually made of a composite material using a graphite base, silicone and other sealants to provide a tight seal. However, over time it can deteriorate and develop leaks. And unfortunately, some vehicles and head gaskets are more prone to failure than others, so always be on the lookout for manufacturer recalls if you are worried about your head gasket. When leaks do happen, bad things can happen within the engine. When a significant leak occurs, most ... read more

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Fairbanks Couple Appreciates NAPA Warranty at Simard Automotive

Fairbanks Couple Appreciates NAPA Warranty at Simard Automotive

Michelle and Bill are longtime customers of Simard Automotive. They own a Honda CRV and have had a recurring problem with a gas tank sensor. However, they know they can always count on the team at Simard Automotive for timely repairs, friendly service and honest automotive advice. Their recent review says it all. "Once again, we trusted Simard to help us and they exceeded expectations," say Michelle and Bill. "Honda CRVs have a consistent problem with a sensor in the gas tank. They warrantied their work and did not charge us for the new parts and labor." Since the original repairs performed at Simard Automotive were covered by the NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty, we took care of the gas tank sensor issue for Michelle and Bill. Sometimes co ... read more

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Are You Due for a Fuel System Service?

Are You Due for a Fuel System Service?

You always want your engine to perform its best, and the fuel system is a very important part of it. You need clean fuel getting to your engine so that it can burn efficiently. If the lines are clogged or dirty, or the fuel filter is in need of replacement, you will lose power and fuel efficiency. Simard Automotive in Fairbanks can provide a complete fuel system service to ensure that your fuel system is working properly. It involves a thorough cleaning of key fuel system components such as the fuel lines, fuel injector, intake valve and combustion chambers. We use special cleaning solutions and techniques to produce the best possible results. We will also inspect the fuel filter and replace it if needed. How do you know when you are due for a fuel system service? Here are a few signs you can look for: 1. Vehicle Doesn’t St ... read more

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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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