Monthly Archives: August 2018

It's Called "Preventative Maintenance" for a Reason

It's Called "Preventative Maintenance" for a Reason

In the world of auto repair, "preventative maintenance" is a very common and important term that covers a variety of standard automotive services. Some of the most popular examples would include: • Oil Changes • Transmission Services • Brake Services • Fluid Changes & Flushes • Emissions Testing • Computer Diagnostics • Tire Rotations • Wheel Alignment • Air Filter Replacement • Fuel System Service • Chassis Lubrication • Engine Oil Conditioner • Multi-Point Vehicle Inspections How Often Are These Services Needed? These are just some of the most common preventative maintenance services that your car needs. Some of these procedures (such as oil changes and tire rotations) are required ever ... read more

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Military Customer Appreciates Honest Service at Simard Automotive

Military Customer Appreciates Honest Service at Simard Automotive

With Fort Wainwright and Eielson AFB close to town and Fort Greely and Clear Air Force Station not to far away either, the military has an important presence in the Fairbanks area. At Simard Automotive, we deal with a lot of active duty and retired Army and Air Force personnel, along with their families. We strongly appreciate their service to our country and we're here to help if they ever have automotive needs. Andrew is a military man who recently entrusted his vehicle to the team at Simard Automotive. As you might expect, honesty and commitment are some of the traits he looks for when dealing with a local business. That's exactly what he found at Simard according to his recent online review of one of our shops. "My wife and I were very impressed with our experience here," Andrew writes. " ... read more

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Car Overheating? Here's What You Need to Do.

Car Overheating? Here's What You Need to Do.

When your vehicle overheats, it simply means the engine is running too hot. Continuing to drive with an overheated engine can lead to serious (and expensive) damage. At the first sign of your vehicle overheating, you need to be smart about what you do next. Temperature Warning Systems All vehicles are equipped with a temperature gauge and warning lights that will display on your dashboard or onboard computer display. If the engine is running hot, it should let you know. Sometimes your check engine light may come on, as well. If you continue to drive, you run the risk of the engine actually overheating. In this case, you'll usually see steam coming from under the hood and the car will perform very poorly). What to Do if Your Car Overheats If your car is ov ... read more

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Fluid Change vs. Fluid Flush - What Are the Differences?

Fluid Change vs. Fluid Flush - What Are the Differences?

Your vehicle has many fluids that keep it running. You have fuel, engine oil, transmission fluid, radiator coolant, brake fluid and power steering fluid. Each provides a specific purpose that your car won't function without.  If you are dealing with a mechanic, you may hear a few different terms when it comes to maintaining your fluids. The most common services offered will be "fluid changes" and "fluid flushes." They may sound similar, but the processes are actually quite different, so we're here to explain what you need to know about each. In the simplest of explanations, the primary difference between a fluid change and a fluid flush is the complexity of the process. A fluid flush is much more thorough, and thus it is a more expensive automotive maintenance procedure ... read more

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