Monthly Archives: September 2020

Bad Oxygen Sensor? Here Are 4 Signs of Failure.

Bad Oxygen Sensor? Here Are 4 Signs of Failure.

Most modern vehicles on the road will have as many as four oxygen (O2) sensors as part of the vehicle's emissions system. They monitor the flow of oxygen into the engine, as well as the levels of oxygen and other gases as they are expelled from the engine and through the exhaust system. These vehicle sensors are very sensitive pieces of equipment designed to detect the smallest changes in gases.  You want your oxygen sensors to be functioning properly and doing what they are designed to do. This way, you can can get warnings if something is wrong and your car's computer can consistently monitor and adjust certain things while you drive. However, oxygen sensors can often fail and give false readings, so they will need to be replaced periodically to ensure everything is working correctly. Here are a few ways to know if you might have a failing O2 sensor in your vehicle, according to ... read more

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4 Benefits of Getting Your Brakes Serviced

4 Benefits of Getting Your Brakes Serviced

Most drivers don't think much about their brakes until there are major problems. They don't pay attention unless the brakes feel very weak or they start to hear those unpleasant screeching and squealing noises that typically indicate low brake pads or other significant brake issues. When you wait until there is a major brake problem is when you end up having to spend more on major brake repairs. Not only that, but driving with bad brakes can also cause other automotive issues, including damage to the wheels and tires and the suspension system. This is why it is always recommended to have your brakes serviced preventatively as part of your overall preventative maintenance plan. A brake service will replace brake pads and resurface the rotors before they become too weak. A professional mechanic will also inspect the brake fluid and bleed the brakes as needed, while inspecting all the other brake co ... read more

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Customer Appreciates the Core Values of Simard Automotive

Customer Appreciates the Core Values of Simard Automotive

Jeff is a longtime customer of Simard Automotive and he is admittedly a tough critic. After dealing with us and talking with our owner, Michael Simard, several times, he knows he can count on the teams at our two Fairbanks shops for all his automotive needs. Jeff's Yelp review sums up his feelings quite well. "If you are looking for a reputable repair facility, look no further," Jeff says. "I've spoken with the owner at length. Their core values are something himself and his employees live by." With his review, Jeff posted a screenshot from one of our website pages that outlines our core values. These are the values we live and die for! • Integrity—Do the right thing, even when no one is watching. • At ... read more

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5 Signs of Auto Electric Problems

5 Signs of Auto Electric Problems

Your car depends on its electrical charge to power many different systems. If you have a weak battery, failing alternator or some other sort of electrical problem, you will experience problems. You may not even be able to start your vehicle at all.  Here are some signs of auto electric issues, according to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive: 1. Vehicle Won't Start A surefire sign of a dead battery is when the vehicle won't start at all. You can usually tell when you turn the key in the ignition or hit the START button and it makes no sound at all (maybe just an odd click or two). This likely means there is no electrical power at all. If you hear and feel the engine trying to turn over, you may have power. You could just have a low battery, wiring malfunction or mechanical damage that could i ... read more

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