Monthly Archives: March 2020

Is it Time to Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Is it Time to Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

How often you need to change out your engine’s air filter will depend on a variety of factors. Standard maintenance steps like oil changes and tire rotations are typically easier for people to remember because they are based on predictable mileage intervals. An air filter may last longer in some vehicles than it does in others. Checking Your Air Filter The general rule of thumb is that you should check your air filter with every service visit. If you know how to access it, you can also check it at home from time to time. If it shows any signs of damage (cracking, holes, deteriorated rubber seal) then it’s definitely time to replace it with a new one. If it is extremely dirty, that’s another sign that you are due for new air filter. For the most part, it will be somewhere ... read more

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What to Do if You Find a Transmission Fluid Leak

What to Do if You Find a Transmission Fluid Leak

Your transmission needs clean transmission fluid to run well. You always want to make sure the transmission fluid levels are good and that the fluid itself is in good shape. If it is dark or discolored in any way—or if it has a "burnt" smell—then you are overdue for a transmission service. Further repairs may even be needed if you let bad transmission oil run through the system for too long. It provides important lubricating and cooling properties that keep the parts from grinding together and causing internal transmission damage. Transmission Fluid Leaks But what happens if you notice a transmission fluid leak? It's usually fairly easy to identify as most transmission fluids are bright red in color. If you see it leaking underneath the vehicle, it's never a good sign and you don't want to wait until later to deal with it. The best case scenario is that you may just need a new transmission pan gasket, which is typically installed as ... read more

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Customer Gets Emergency Spark Plug and Ignition Coil Replacement at Simard Automotive

Customer Gets Emergency Spark Plug and Ignition Coil Replacement at Simard Automotive

Last fall, Louis was on his way through Fairbanks when he began noticing some strange issues with his truck. He called Simard Automotive and brought his truck into our Airport Shop on Aeronca Avenue. This is what he had to say about his customer service in his wonderful Yelp review: "These guys are great and friendly!" Louis writes. "I was passing through town headed to the lower 48 when my truck had problems. I went to the local NAPA store who checked by engine code, and referred me to these guys."Simard Automotive is a certified NAPA AutoCare Center and qualified parts and repairs are backed by the 36-month, 36,000-mile NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty program that ... read more

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10 Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Running Longer

10 Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Running Longer

Unless you are someone who likes to get a new car or truck every few years, you want your vehicle to be reliable for as many years as possible. You feel a sense of pride when you see the odometer roll over to 100,000 miles. Some of us might even get up to 200,000, 300,000 or more! To keep a vehicle running well for as long as possible, it takes special care and maintenance. Simard Automotive is here to highlight 10 ways to keep your car, truck, SUV or work vehicle healthy for many years and miles to come. 1. Regular Oil Changes Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for getting your oil changed. Some older cars may need it done every 3,000 miles or so, while certain newer vehicles may only need oil changes every 10,000 miles. Engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle and it helps keep the engine running right, so keep getting those oil changes as needed. 2. Transmission Service ... read more

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