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4 Benefits of Getting Your Brakes Serviced

4 Benefits of Getting Your Brakes Serviced

Most drivers don't think much about their brakes until there are major problems. They don't pay attention unless the brakes feel very weak or they start to hear those unpleasant screeching and squealing noises that typically indicate low brake pads or other significant brake issues. When you wait until there is a major brake problem is when you end up having to spend more on major brake repairs. Not only that, but driving with bad brakes can also cause other automotive issues, including damage to the wheels and tires and the suspension system. This is why it is always recommended to have your brakes serviced preventatively as part of your overall preventative maintenance plan. A brake service will replace brake pads and resurface the rotors before they become too weak. A professional mechanic will also inspect the brake fluid and bleed the brakes as needed, while inspecting all the other brake co ... read more

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Customer Appreciates the Core Values of Simard Automotive

Customer Appreciates the Core Values of Simard Automotive

Jeff is a longtime customer of Simard Automotive and he is admittedly a tough critic. After dealing with us and talking with our owner, Michael Simard, several times, he knows he can count on the teams at our two Fairbanks shops for all his automotive needs. Jeff's Yelp review sums up his feelings quite well. "If you are looking for a reputable repair facility, look no further," Jeff says. "I've spoken with the owner at length. Their core values are something himself and his employees live by." With his review, Jeff posted a screenshot from one of our website pages that outlines our core values. These are the values we live and die for! • Integrity—Do the right thing, even when no one is watching. • At ... read more

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5 Signs of Auto Electric Problems

5 Signs of Auto Electric Problems

Your car depends on its electrical charge to power many different systems. If you have a weak battery, failing alternator or some other sort of electrical problem, you will experience problems. You may not even be able to start your vehicle at all.  Here are some signs of auto electric issues, according to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive: 1. Vehicle Won't Start A surefire sign of a dead battery is when the vehicle won't start at all. You can usually tell when you turn the key in the ignition or hit the START button and it makes no sound at all (maybe just an odd click or two). This likely means there is no electrical power at all. If you hear and feel the engine trying to turn over, you may have power. You could just have a low battery, wiring malfunction or mechanical damage that could i ... read more

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How to Know When You Need Suspension Repairs

How to Know When You Need Suspension Repairs

Your vehicle's suspension system is more than just a convenience. Sure, it helps create a smoother ride for you and your passengers, but that is just one small part of what it does. It makes the car much safer to drive with better performance and handling. It also protects other systems and components like the wheels, brakes, tires, axles, differentials and other drivetrain parts. If your suspension system is damaged or weak, it can lead to all sorts of handling problems and potentially other automotive damage that is expensive to repair. At the first sign of any suspension issues, you will want to turn to your local automotive shop for a professional inspection and diagnosis. Here are some common signs of suspension problems, according to the Fairbanks, AK auto repair experts at Simard Automotive: 1. Vehicle Pulling to One Side If your vehicle is pulling hard to one side or the other, it could be ... read more

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Local Customer Knows She Can Always Count on Simard Automotive

Local Customer Knows She Can Always Count on Simard Automotive

Simard Automotive is a locally owned and operated business led by Mike Simard. He opened his first small auto shop in 1997 and now has two full-service automotive facilities in Fairbanks. We are proud to be part of this great community, and we take our work personally. Mike himself can be found at the shops just about every single day, leading the team and personally helping customers whenever needed. Such was the case when Liz brought her truck in for an inspection. She wasn't sure exactly what the problem was, but she knew that something wasn't right and needed to be looked at by a professional mechanic. "I appreciate that when brought to Mike's attention, he personally took the time to test drive and inspect my truck when requested," Liz says. "I appreciate the extra mile and attention to detail." Liz comes to Simard Automotive whenever she needs rout ... read more

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Why it's Important to Change Your Oil

Why it's Important to Change Your Oil

We all tend to take oil changes for granted. Whether you do it yourself or bring your vehicle to a shop for a professional oil change, it's just something that has to be done. We do it when the little mileage sticker on our window tells us to or when our car's computer gives us a service light.  Why Do We Do Oil Changes? It's a fairly simple and inexpensive service, so we don't think too much about why we do it. The truth is, it's probably THE MOST important thing you can do to keep your car running right. Motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine. It provides vital cooling and lubricating properties between very fast-moving metal parts.  What Happens if I Ignore Oil Changes? If your engine doesn't have enough oil running through it or the oil itself is old and crusty, bad things are going to happen. Engine parts can get easily damaged and your e ... read more

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7 Tips to Keep Your Tires Lasting as Long as Possible

7 Tips to Keep Your Tires Lasting as Long as Possible

It's a scary thought to think that your tires are the only thing between the road and your vehicle (and you) as you drive. Your heavy car or truck is moving at high speeds, cornering, braking and accelerating. So much depends on your tires actively gripping the asphalt and getting you safely wherever you need to travel. With that in mind, you want to keep your tires performing well and lasting as long as possible. They can be expensive to replace and tire damage is a major cause of vehicular accidents. Here are X tips from Fairbanks' own Simard Automotive for keeping your tires in great shape: 1. Rotate Your Tires Regularly You'll typically want to rotate your tires every 5,000-6,000 miles or in conjunction with each oil change. Each tire on your vehicle will wear out a little differently based on various factors. Rotatin ... read more

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The Customer Reviews Are Pouring in for Simard Automotive!

The Customer Reviews Are Pouring in for Simard Automotive!

At Simard Automotive, we love when customers take the time to write reviews and post ratings online. Whether it's through Google, Yelp, Facebook or our own website's Reviews page, we always appreciate the feedback. It helps us to know what customers think—both good and bad—so we can continue to provide the best automotive services possible at our two Fairbanks auto shops. We've been getting a lot of short reviews lately, so we thought we'd share a few recent comments here. "Great job!!" writes Ken. "Kept me informed of the process the entire way. Recommend this shop 100%!""Exceptional customer service and 100% reliable, first-class work," adds Annie. &quo ... read more

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The 7 Most Common Exhaust System Problems

The 7 Most Common Exhaust System Problems

A healthy exhaust and emissions system is important to have. It expels harmful fumes and gases from the engine and burns off dangerous toxins before they are sent out the tail pipe and out into the environment. If something is wrong in the exhaust system, your engine may not work properly. You may lose fuel efficiency and fail to meet emissions standards. You want to take care of your exhaust system and it will take care of your vehicle. Here are 6 of the most common exhaust system problems according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive: 1. Exhaust LeaksExhaust leaks are very dangerous for a number of reasons. They will affect the performance of the engine. The fumes can also ci ... read more

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When is the Last Time You Had Your Car's A/C System Serviced?

When is the Last Time You Had Your Car's A/C System Serviced?

Now that our brief summer season is in full swing, it's nice to have an air conditioner in your car that works when you need it. Before long, we'll be back to colder weather and you'll be depending on your heater and defrosters again. Either way, it's good to have an A/C system that is running right. Now is a great time of year to get it serviced! Bring your car, truck, SUV or work vehicle into Simard Automotive for a complete air conditioning inspection, tune-up and cleaning. Here are a few of the things we will take care of to keep your air conditioner/heater working efficiently. Thermostat Check Over time, the vehicle's thermostat can start to become less dependable or it could fail altogether. We can run tests and check the thermostat settings to make sure it's reading the rig ... read more

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