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Why is My Car Making Strange Noises?

Why is My Car Making Strange Noises?

Do you hear strange noises coming from your car, truck or SUV? Do they happen right when you turn on the engine or only when you are driving? Do they get louder when you make sharp turns? These are all good questions to ask when it comes to identifying the source of an unusual or unpleasant sound coming from your vehicle. Almost any bad component can lead to an audible clue that something isn't right. However, there are some common culprits that you can look out for.  Either way, any strange sound is worth getting inspected by a professional mechanic like the technicians at Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK. We can identify the specific problem and recommend the necessary repairs. Here are some of the most common sources of unusual vehicle noises: Exhaust System Vibrating and rattling noises are often associated with an ... read more

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The Effects of Ice and Road Salt on Your Vehicle

The Effects of Ice and Road Salt on Your Vehicle

Driving in the middle of a cold Alaskan winter can bring with it plenty of challenges, but we're used to it up here in Fairbanks. Rain, snow, sleet and ice are all hazards that make for difficult visibility and often-dangerous road conditions. It pays to be extra cautious when driving around. Damage Underneath the Vehicle However, there are other winter-related issues that not every car or truck owner keeps in mind. That's the effect of the moisture, freezing temperatures, sand and salt on the vehicle itself. Unless you have an older vehicle and can see the rust on the body, the hidden dangers are what these elements are doing underneath the car. As you drive, so much grease, grime, salt, sand and water get kicked up under the chassis. Keeping Your Car Clean One of the best preventative measures you can take is to ... read more

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5 Signs of Power Steering Problems

5 Signs of Power Steering Problems

If you have a vehicle with a traditional power steering system, it is prone to problems. Just like most systems in a car, it requires standard preventative maintenance and care. If it is experiencing issues, it needs to be repaired. If you drive for extended periods with power steering problems, it can lead to more significant damage. Many new vehicles manufactured in the past few years will use an electronic power steering system (EPS) that uses an electric motor design compared to hydraulic pumps or pistons. Some older cars may not have power steering at all. These different types of steering systems still require attention and professional maintenance/repairs. However, in this article we will focus mostly on traditional power steering systems that use hydraulic pump designs and power steering fluid. There are common signs that you have a power steering problem in your vehicle. If you notice any ... read more

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The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Sensors

The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Sensors

Your vehicle is equipped with numerous sensors to help notify you when there is a potential problem. The more advanced and modern your car is, the more sensors it will likely have. They are connected directly to the computer system. They are there to help make sure the vehicle performs its best while also to warn if something is wrong. Sensors can sometimes produce faulty warnings if not calibrated correctly. Or, the sensors can fail altogether and will need to be replaced. They are just like any automotive component that can wear out with time. Every vehicle manufacturer will have different systems and sensors they might use, and almost every car will be a little different, as well. However, Simard Automotive has put together this list of the most common sensors that you will find in many of today’s cars, trucks and SUVs. Oxygen Sensor &n ... read more

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Got a Fluid Leak? Don't Wait Until it Becomes a Major Problem!

Got a Fluid Leak? Don't Wait Until it Becomes a Major Problem!

If you notice any fluids leaking from under your vehicle, it's not something you should take lightly. A fluid leak is often the first stage of major automotive problems that can develop. It's always a good idea to get the leak inspected by a professional mechanic and fixed sooner—before it leads to much more significant or costly damage. Identify the Fluid The first step is to identify the leaking fluid. Is it motor oil, radiator coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, gasoline/diesel or something else? You can check out The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Fluids for some identifying traits. Otherwise, a good automotive technician will be able to tell you what the leak is pretty easily. Find the Source of the Leak Figuring out what type of fluid it is will then help the mechanic narrow down the probl ... read more

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The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Filters

The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Filters

As you probably already know, cars are pretty complex and they are only getting more advanced. There are many different systems throughout your vehicle, and each of those systems has multiple vital components performing specific functions. Many of these systems will feature some kind of filter that helps keep dirt, debris and other contaminants from damaging parts or hindering performance. In this article, we will cover some of the common filters found in most vehicles and what you need to know when it comes to ongoing maintenance. Engine Air Filter This is the filter most people know about and it’s something that can easily be maintained on your own. When you bring your car in for service, the mechanic will usually let you know if the engine air filter is getting too dirty or worn out. You will want to replace it as needed to make sure your engine is getting the clean air it ne ... read more

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6 Winter Cooling System Maintenance Tips from Simard Automotive

6 Winter Cooling System Maintenance Tips from Simard Automotive

We all know how cold it gets in Alaska throughout the fall, winter and spring months. It’s a harsh environment and it can be tough to keep your vehicle maintained. One system that definitely needs a lot of attention when it’s freezing outside is the cooling system. You want to keep it working as well as possible this time of year. Sometimes, the term “cooling system” can be a little misleading. It is mainly there to keep your car from overheating. However, it will also keep your engine from seizing up. Essentially, the cooling system regulates the temperature of the engine, and that’s every important during every season. Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK has put together this list of winter cooling syste ... read more

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Are Your Tires Getting Worn Out? Here's What You Need to Know.

Are Your Tires Getting Worn Out? Here's What You Need to Know.

Having good tires with ample tread is important. They will grip the road and help keep you safe behind the wheel. Obviously, your tires will wear out naturally over time, but there are additional factors that can cause them to deteriorate quicker than you want. Other vehicle components and various factors can lead to uneven or increased tire wear. At Simard Automotive, we want you to be safe on the road (especially with Alaska's unpredictable weather). Here are some of the factors to keep in mind when it comes to your tire tread wear: 1. Air Pressure It's a good idea to check your tire air pressure regularly. If they are overinflated or underinflated, it will lead to more rapid tire wear. Likewise, if one tire has a different air pressure than the rest, it will lead to uneven tread wear. 2. Wheel Alignment Properly aligned wheels will help keep the tread wear on your tir ... read more

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6 Common Signs of a Cooling System Problem

6 Common Signs of a Cooling System Problem

Car engines run very hot. They are burning up fuel to provide power for the vehicle. That’s why your cooling system is so important. Most cars will use a traditional fluid-cooled system that requires an ideal mix of water and radiator coolant (antifreeze) in the radiator. It is then circulated throughout the engine through the water pump. This process keeps the engine from overheating and causing major damage within the vehicle. The point is, you need your cooling system working properly at all times or it can lead to very costly engine repairs. Simard Automotive has put together this list of common signs that you may have a cooling system problem: 1. Car Overheating If your vehicle is overhea ... 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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