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The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Fluids

The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Fluids

Any car or truck is a complex machine with many moving parts. These parts need to have proper lubrication, cooling properties or hydraulic power, and that's why your vehicle has several different fluids running through it. Fluid maintenance is generally fairly simple, but it is extremely important. If the fluid goes bad or a leak leads to low fluid levels, it can result in major damage. In this article, we will walk you through the various fluids you might find in your vehicle: 1. Fuel We won't spend much time on this one, but you need fuel to power your vehicle (unless it is completely electric). Whether it's standard gasoline or diesel, it's easy to watch your fuel gauge and refill the tank as needed. A fuel line leak can be quite dangerous, so if you think there might be a problem, seek help immediately. 2. Engine Oil There is a reason why oil changes are the mo ... read more

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Here are 6 Signs That You Might Have Suspension Problems

Here are 6 Signs That You Might Have Suspension Problems

When you are driving, you want to enjoy a smooth ride. You don’t want to feel every bump in the road. That’s why the health of your suspension is so important. In addition, a bad suspension can lead to other costly damage in your car. Suspension Components First, let’s look at the primary components in your suspension system. You have springs, shocks and struts. Most vehicles will have coil springs. That is the most common style of spring, though some older vehicles will have leaf springs and specialty/custom cars may have air-ride suspension systems installed. The springs are there to help absorb bumps and keep the vehicle riding at a consistent height. Next, you have shocks (shock absorbers) and struts. These terms are often used interchangeably. However, they are actually two different types of suspension components that perform similar functions. Most cars will only have either shocks or struts, though there are some that might have struts in t ... read more

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Simard Automotive Helps Customer Winterize Her Car

Simard Automotive Helps Customer Winterize Her Car

Pam wanted to make sure her car was ready for the Alaskan winter. She's always been good about having regular maintenance done and another mechanic had already taken some steps to winterize the vehicle. However, Pam wanted to make absolutely sure the work was done right. She sought a second opinion from a Fairbanks-based shop that really knows how to get cars completely winter-ready in Alaska. After asking around, Pam decided to bring her car into Simard Automotive. She was glad she did. "I was referred to Simard Automotive by my insurance agency's office and by my Realtor's office, as they all take their cars here," Pam says in her online review. "I made an appointment to have my car checked to make sure it was winterized properly. I showed them the itemized invoice of what I had done pre ... read more

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Don't Buy a Used Car in Fairbanks without Getting it Inspected by Simard Automotive

Don't Buy a Used Car in Fairbanks without Getting it Inspected by Simard Automotive

In many ways, it makes sense to buy a used car because you won’t have to deal with as much depreciation. Still, you have to be very careful when buying a used car. Whether you purchase it from a dealership or a private seller, you don’t want to take any chances. Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly what kind of shape the vehicle is in before you commit to buying it? It’s Your Right to Know Well, that assurance is actually very easy to get. As a used car buyer, you are entitled to your right to know. You can arrange to have the vehicle brought into Simard Automotive for a pre-purchase vehicle inspection. Know that you would be paying for this service, not the seller (unless you negotiate it as part of your deal). However, it’s worth it to have proper peace of mind. The car may run great now and a simple test drive won’t really reveal much. Problems could be on the ... read more

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