Monthly Archives: August 2020

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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