Yearly Archives: 2020

Simard Automotive Wishes You a Very Merry Christmas!

Simard Automotive Wishes You a Very Merry Christmas!

We've all been through a lot this year, but the holiday season is a perfect reminder to spread joy and cheer when we all need it most. We wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!Looking Back It's amazing to think of how far Simard Automotive has come since Michael Simard built his own tiny one-bay shop in Fairbanks back in 1997. Now, we have two full-service repair facilities in town and we've had the great pleasure to serve so many wonderful customers over the years. From military personnel and longtime Fairbanks residents to those just passing through for a short visit, we're always ready and willing to help anyone in need of automotive repairs or vehicle maintenance services. Our Service Commitment We understand that nobody really wants to deal with automotive repair, so we aim to make the pro ... read more

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Recent Reviews of Simard Automotive's Chevron Shop

Recent Reviews of Simard Automotive's Chevron Shop

Last week, we featured some recent customer reviews from our Airport Shop. This week, we want to focus on our wonderful service team at Simard Automotive's Chevron Shop located at 768 Gaffney Road in Downtown Fairbanks. We're so proud to have two great auto repair shops here to serve more customers throughout the region. Brittney came in to put on snow tires for the winter season. "All of my tires were on within 20 mins," she writes. "Super fast and professional.""Excellent service and friendly staff," adds Jabez."Great customer service," says Sherri. What our customers have to say really matters to the entire team at Simard Automotive. We truly appreciate when a customer takes the time to post a rating and/or write a review about their service experience at one of ou ... read more

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Recent Reviews of Simard Automotive's Airport Shop

Recent Reviews of Simard Automotive's Airport Shop

Our Airport Shop is located on 5200 Aeronca Avenue in Fairbanks. It's located just a couple blocks away from Fairbanks International Airport. This is the first of our two current Simard Automotive shops in town. We always appreciate when our customers take the time to write reviews. If you've been following our Blog, then you may have seen some of their stories. Today, we'd like to feature a few recent reviews of our Airport Shop. Like many customers this time of year, Hunter came into Simard Automotive to have his vehicle winterized. This is a smart service to have done here in Fairbanks as the cold winter weather comes in and puts some extra stress on your car, truck, SUV or service vehicle fleet.  "Had them winterize my truck and they did an outstanding job,&qu ... read more

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Winter Brake Maintenance at Simard Automotive

Winter Brake Maintenance at Simard Automotive

Winter sure is beautiful here in Fairbanks, but it sure isn't easy on our cars and trucks. The roads are rough and the icy surfaces can be slick. You have to be extra careful and attentive while driving. You also have to keep your vehicle winterized with all the key systems in good shape. Winter Maintenance Recommendations Of course, you need to care for the tires, suspension system and other handling components that will keep you safe during difficult driving conditions. However, few things are as important as your brake system. You want your brakes to be healthy, this time of year more than ever. We're talking about brake pads and rotors with plenty of life, so you can stop and slow down when you need to—often suddenly this time of year. We're also talking about a healthy automatic braking system (ABS) that is working properly so brakes don't lock up and let ... read more

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Happy Thanksgiving from Simard Automotive!

Happy Thanksgiving from Simard Automotive!

We just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving and wonderful holiday season. Things are going to be a little different this year for many of us. Whether you are able to celebrate with your entire extended family or you are staying safe with a smaller Thanksgiving dinner, we hope you are able to enjoy the day and be thankful for the loved ones in your life. Being Thankful We have a lot to be thankful for at Simard Automotive. First of all, we have to give huge thanks to our incredible staffs at both of our Fairbanks auto shops. They are real troopers and so good at everything they do. We're proud to have excellent automotive technicians and service specialists working in the shops, as well as dedicated and helpful Service Advisors working with our customers. They truly are dream teams and we cannot be more grateful to have such great people working for us ... read more

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Longtime Customer Gets Suspension Repairs at Simard Automotive

Longtime Customer Gets Suspension Repairs at Simard Automotive

We've featured reviews from Wallace before. He's a longtime Simard Automotive customer and one of our most loyal supporters. Our staff is always happy to see him visit one of our shops, and we truly appreciate when he takes the time to share one of his detailed and insightful customer reviews. On his most recent visit, Wallace had a number of automotive repairs performed, centering around work on his suspension system. Here is what he had to say about his latest experience: "I recently took my car in for some repair work at Simard Automotive," Wallace writes. "The struts/shocks were replaced on all four wheels, which was the majority of the work done. Also an oil change, power steering flush and brake system flush were all done, along with some other miscellaneous work." Wallace's ... read more

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Winter Cooling System Service at Simard Automotive

Winter Cooling System Service at Simard Automotive

The term "cooling system" can be a little misleading. A lot of vehicle owners it is only there to keep the engine from overheating. That is certainly its main purpose, but it also helps keep the engine from seizing up in the winter. Radiator coolant is commonly referred to as "antifreeze" for a reason.  Coolant-to-Water Ratios Your vehicle's radiator will combine a mixed ratio of coolant/antifreeze and water. Many coolants come as pre-mixed with water to save you some headaches. However, in a place like Fairbanks where the winter temperatures can drop well below freezing, that ratio may sometimes have to be adjusted for better performance.  Temperature Regulation Basic chemistry will tell us that metal contracts in the cold and expands in the heat. Your ... read more

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How to Deal with Electrical Problems in Your Vehicle

How to Deal with Electrical Problems in Your Vehicle

Unlike other automotive issues where there are common preventative maintenance procedures that you schedule regularly (oil changes, tire rotation, brake service, etc.), your electrical system is usually not something most drivers think about until it actually becomes a problem.  Preventative Electrical Maintenance There are preventative measures you can take like having your wiring inspected and battery power tested on a routine basis. Otherwise, you usually won't realize there is an issue with the battery, alternator, wiring, computer or electronic components until you start experiencing failures. Signs of Auto Electric Problems A few signs of auto electric problems include: 1. Car won't start (usually a dead battery, damaged ignition system and/or failing alternator) 2. Dim interior ... read more

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Toyota Owner Appreciates Professional and Timely Service at Simard Automotive

Toyota Owner Appreciates Professional and Timely Service at Simard Automotive

This is usually a busy time of year at Alaskan automotive shops as many customers are in the process of getting their vehicles winterized. Fairbanks winters come upon us quickly, so it's smart to take the necessary steps now before the cold weather gets much worse. Cathryn needed repairs done on her Toyota, but was having trouble making an appointment at other local auto shops that were all booked up with winterization customers. It wasn't until she called Simard Automotive that she found someone willing to take a look at her car in a timely manner. "I needed a repair on my Toyota just at the time of year when everyone is getting their cars winterized," Cathryn writes in her recent online review. "I called thr ... read more

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Why Your Transmission Needs to Be Serviced Periodically

Why Your Transmission Needs to Be Serviced Periodically

Your vehicle's transmission is one of its most important systems. It is literally what makes the vehicle move down the road as it transfers power from the engine and sends it out to the drive wheels. Just like you help take care of your engine with routine oil and oil filter changes, you will want to do the same for your transmission. What Does a Standard Transmission Service Include? A standard transmission service at Simard Automotive will include draining the old transmission fluid (also known as transmission oil or automatic transmission fluid—ATF) from the transmission pan, cleaning the pan, replacing the transmission filter and replacing the pan gasket if necessary. In some serious cases when the fluid is really bad, a full transmission fluid flush may be recommended. The process is actually pre ... read more

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