Monthly Archives: January 2021

Are You Dealing with an Emissions System Problem?

Are You Dealing with an Emissions System Problem?

Today's modern vehicles have more advanced emissions systems than ever. The exhaust control system (also know as the EVAP system) features sensitive controls, sensors and equipment to reduce emissions. Then, you have the standard exhaust system equipment like the catalytic converter, exhaust pipes and muffler that all play their part in keeping the engine healthy and minimizing the toxicity of the exhaust being put into our environment.  All cars, trucks and SUVs—new and old—require exhaust system and emissions system maintenance and repairs to keep the vehicle running right. So, how do you know if you might have an emissions/exhaust system problem? Here are some symptoms to look for, according to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive: 1. Warning Lights Of course, t ... read more

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8 Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change

8 Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change

Getting your engine oil and oil filter changed is absolutely the most important preventative maintenance service that any vehicle requires. Clean, fresh oil will help keep the engine healthy and provide better automotive performance, in general. Some modern vehicles that use synthetic oils and synthetic blends don't need the oil changed as often as most older cars, but all vehicles will require this maintenance periodically. Check your owner's manual or consult with your mechanic on how often you should get an oil change. If you aren't sure the last time you changed your oil or you think you may be overdue for an oil change, here are some signs to look for according to Simard Automotive: 1. Low on Oil It is very easy to check your oil yourself using the handy dipstick under the hood. If the oil level is below the recommen ... read more

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Customer Appreciates Detailed Inspection Report from Simard Automotive

Customer Appreciates Detailed Inspection Report from Simard Automotive

Carolyn was concerned when the wrench icon light came on her car. In most modern vehicles, the wrench light usually means some general maintenance service is due. However, Carolyn wasn't sure why her light came on and she wanted to get to the bottom of it. She brought her car to several auto shops in Fairbanks, but none were able to give her a clear answer. They could turn it off, but it would just keep coming back on. Carolyn wasn't satisfied with the results until she took it to the automotive experts at Simard Automotive! "Very happy that the tech was able to determine why my wrench light would not go off!" Carolyn says. "I really appreciate how thorough the mechanics and techs were in checking everything in my car. And the lady at the front desk letting me know the positives on it... It was in pretty good shape for 120,000 miles!" ... read more

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8 Reasons Why Your Car is Struggling to Start

8 Reasons Why Your Car is Struggling to Start

Engines tend to have a little harder time starting up in the cold winter months, but as long as there are no problems they should fire up just fine. If your car is struggling to start or stalls out when you come to a stop, it's probably more than just the cold temperatures outside. You may have an automotive problem that needs attention. According to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive, here are some of the most common culprits when it comes to an engine that's struggling to turn over: 1. Dead/Low Battery This is definitely something that can be impacted by freezing temperatures as the battery tends to drain more quickly or can lose some power while the vehicle is turned off. You may have a dead battery or low charge that is making it hard for the engine to start up. 2. Bad Spark Plug ... read more

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