Monthly Archives: August 2019

What's that Noise? Identifying the Strange Sounds Your Car Might Make.

What's that Noise? Identifying the Strange Sounds Your Car Might Make.

One of the easiest ways to tell if you have an automotive problem is to simply listen to your car. Any time you hear a strange noise, it could mean that there is an issue worth getting looked at by a professional mechanic. Some sounds are common and represent minor concerns. Meanwhile, other sounds are signs that there is something seriously wrong. Here are some of the common noises you might hear (and what they might mean) according to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive: 1. Engine Squealing This is something you'll probably notice right when you turn on the car. The sound may persist as you drive or it might slowly go away as the vehicle warms up. This is usually one of the belts (timing belt, fan belt, etc.) that may need to be adjusted or replaced, but persistent noises coming from the engine ... read more

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Classic Chevy Owner Gets Repairs Done at Simard Automotive Before 3,500-Mile Drive

Classic Chevy Owner Gets Repairs Done at Simard Automotive Before 3,500-Mile Drive

A Google reviewer by the initials of A.H. recently shared his feedback about his service experience at Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, Alaska. He needed a professional mechanic to completely go over his classic 1966 Chevrolet Carry All (what would now be called a Suburban) before taking it on a long drive back down to California.  "Based on recommendations from local friends and a mechanic at another shop, I brought in my Chevy Carry All to get an inspection and tune up," A.H. writes in his Google review. "I was not disappointed. They did a great job going over my vehicle. They found issues we knew about and several we had overlooked." When you need a thorough vehicle inspection in Fairbanks, look no further than Simard Automotive. We do many vehicle inspections, whether it's for DMV pre-registration, used car purchases or ... read more

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Signs That Your Wheels Are Out of Alignment

Signs That Your Wheels Are Out of Alignment

When your vehicle's wheels get out of alignment, it may just seem like a slight annoyance at first. Perhaps the car pulls a bit to one side or the other, or maybe it feels a little loose when cornering. Slowly but surely, the problem becomes worse and before long the handling is really off. This is when it becomes somewhat dangerous to drive.  The Snowball Effect What you may also not realize is that when your wheels are out of alignment, it could be causing damage to other vehicle components that are having to work harder to make up for the misalignment of the camber, caster or toe. We're talking about the brakes, suspension, wheels/tires, differentials, transfer case and power steering system. In other words, that slight annoyance of bad wheel alignment can ultimately develop into some very expensive automotive repairs. Wheel Alignment Issues to Look for ... read more

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What Are Your Car's Factory Recommended Maintenance Needs?

What Are Your Car's Factory Recommended Maintenance Needs?

Cars are very complex machines and they require plenty of maintenance in order to keep them running right and lasting long. Ignoring standard maintenance procedures can put you and your car at risk. The vehicle might not perform right or it could be flat-out dangerous to drive if certain parts are worn out or damaged. In addition, the longer you put off preventative maintenance and minor repairs, the more you risk developing major automotive problems that will be very expensive to repair. What Maintenance Does My Vehicle Require? The tricky part is that every car is a little bit different. The maintenance needs of a classic 1960s Ford Mustang are going to be somewhat different than a 2019 Chevy Silverado. The parts are different. The systems are more or less complex depending on how old the vehicle is. For example ... read more

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