Monthly Archives: May 2019

The Importance of Oil Changes

The Importance of Oil Changes

There are many good reasons why oil changes are the most common form of automotive maintenance performed. Though there are many different fluids throughout your car performing different lubricating or hydraulic functions, motor oil truly is the lifeblood of any vehicle. It helps keep the engine running smoothly with proper lubrication between fast-moving metal parts. Without engine oil doing its job, bad things can and will happen. Preventative Maintenance An oil change is the epitome of what we call "preventative maintenance" in the auto repair industry. It is called preventative because it is a service performed to help prevent major engine breakdowns. If you don't get your oil and oil filter changed regularly, then the oil ultim ... read more

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Local Customer Appreciates Caring and Thoughtful Service at Simard Automotive

Local Customer Appreciates Caring and Thoughtful Service at Simard Automotive

Dani recently visited Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK for the second time. She was so pleased with her first service experience, that she came back to our shop for help with putting new tires on her vehicle. "I recently went to Simard Automotive for an oil change and was thrilled with the experience," Dani writes in her recent Google review. "Well, this week I needed tires put on my vehicle and again the crew here went above and beyond to help me out of a very tight situation. They offered me a ride to work and even though I declined, they brought my car to me when it was finished." At Simard Automotive, we always aim to please. We understand our customers have busy schedules and getting car repairs completed is rarely a convenient experience. We do our best to eliminate the stress and help out our customers ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Pulling Left or Right? Here Are Some Possible Reasons Why.

Is Your Vehicle Pulling Left or Right? Here Are Some Possible Reasons Why.

You may notice while you are driving that your car or truck is pulling to one side or the other. You may feel it when driving on a straightaway and you let go of the wheel briefly. It might pull gently or it could pull kind of violently to the left or right. Or, you may notice it more when you are making a tight turn or when braking/accelerating. If something is affecting the vehicle's handling, it is worth getting checked out by a professional mechanic. Not only is it a matter of your safety as a driver, but it's best to get the problem diagnosed before it develops into something much more significant. According to the auto repair experts at Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK, here are some of the most common causes of a vehicle pulling to one side or the other: 1. Wheel Alignment Over time, your wheels naturally shift out of alignment. Whether it's the camber, caster or toe that is off, i ... read more

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What to Do When You Have an Exhaust Leak in Your Car

What to Do When You Have an Exhaust Leak in Your Car

When there is an exhaust leak in your car, it is not something that should be ignored or taken lightly. It will affect the performance of the vehicle and can potentially lead to major engine damage if left unrepaired. Dangerous carbon monoxide can leak into the passenger cabin and literally be deadly. It's also not good for the environment if your emissions system isn't doing what it is supposed to do. Signs of an Exhaust Leak There are several signs that will let you know that you have an exhaust leak or some other exhaust problem such as a failing catalytic converter. Here are a few to look for, according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive: • Strong exhaust smell inside the car• Popping or hissing sounds whenever you rev the engine ... read more

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