Monthly Archives: September 2018

When is the Last Time You Had Your Brakes Checked?

When is the Last Time You Had Your Brakes Checked?

Driving in Fairbanks and throughout Alaska can take its toll on your car or truck—especially in the harsh winter months. With plenty of rain, ice and snow on the horizon, it's a great time to get your brakes and other vehicle safety and performance components inspected.  Safety Concerns Without good brakes, you will not be able to stop or slow down properly. Obviously, this can lead to very dangerous scenarios for you and any passengers with you, not to mention the other drivers on the road. You want your brakes to be working well for safety and overall performance. How Bad Brakes Could Impact Your Entire Car Likewise, brakes that aren't working properly can also lead to problems in other vehicle systems such as the suspension, wheels/tires, whe ... read more

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Is Your Water Pump Failing? Here Are the Signs to Look for.

Is Your Water Pump Failing? Here Are the Signs to Look for.

A majority of vehicles will rely on a water pump as a key part of their engine’s cooling system. What this component does is keep the coolant circulating between the radiator and the engine so that the engine is continually running at manageable operating temperatures. Without the water pump, the vehicle will overheat and it could lead to major internal engine damage. Even the most technologically advanced modern water pumps and cooling system can have issues. And certainly, the older your vehicle is, the more likely the water pump will not work as well over time. Sometimes, it can completely fail without notice. Simard Automotive is here to help you if you ever experience water pump problems in Fairbanks, AK. Below are some of the most common signs of a failing water pump that you can look for: 1. The En ... read more

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Subaru Owner Thanks Simard Automotive for Friendly, Professional and Courteous Service

Subaru Owner Thanks Simard Automotive for Friendly, Professional and Courteous Service

When you get a referral from a guy nicknamed "Tank," you know you must be doing something right. We are extremely grateful one of our recent customers, James (aka "Tank") took the time to write a great review about his recent service experience at Simard Automotive. "I brought my Subaru in for an oil change," James writes. "I was promptly greeted and 99% of the paperwork was already filled out. I went upstairs to the waiting are and before I knew it, I was being informed that I was ready to go!" On a daily basis, our team of automotive technicians at both of our Fairbanks shops perform quite a few oil changes along with other standard preventative maintenance services such as tire rotations, fluid checks ... read more

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Alternator Problems? Here Are 5 Symptoms to Look for.

Alternator Problems? Here Are 5 Symptoms to Look for.

In any gasoline-powered vehicle, the alternator is a very important component. Ultimately, it’s a pretty simple device, but it performs a vital function of recycling power to and from the car battery as you are driving. Many hybrids and electric vehicles will not have a traditional alternator since they use different battery systems than regular cars. Your battery is supplying power to the engine, entertainment system, air conditioner and several other electrical components. The alternator ultimately returns the power back into the battery while the car is running, which allows it to maintain a full charge. If the alternator is failing, the battery may die or you will encounter issues with the various electronic systems in the vehicle. If your alternator isn’t working correctly, there are several common symptoms yo ... read more

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