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Exhaust Leak? It's Not a Problem You Want to Ignore!

Exhaust Leak? It's Not a Problem You Want to Ignore!

An exhaust leak is a serious automotive issue. You may smell the exhaust fumes more than normal or you may even see exhaust smoke coming out from somewhere other than the tailpipe. Your check engine light will also usually come on when there is an exhaust issue. If your car has an exhaust leak, it is not a problem that you want to ignore. The Risks of an Exhaust Leak If an exhaust leak persists, it can obviously be dangerous to your health (and the health of anyone riding in the vehicle. Exhaust fumes (especially those that haven't been burned off properly in the catalytic converter) are full of dangerous carbon monoxide that can literally be deadly when you breathe in too much of it. In addition, a malfunctioning exhaust system can lead to serious engine damage. The exhaust system is there to pull away and burn off the exhaust fumes coming from the engine. If that isn ... read more

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Is Your Car Laboring? Here Are Some Possible Reasons Why.

Is Your Car Laboring? Here Are Some Possible Reasons Why.

Hopefully, you had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend as the summer season officially comes to an end. However, if your vehicle feels like it is "laboring" more than usual, then maybe it's time to take care of it.  Since you drive your primary car, truck or SUV pretty much every day, you can often tell when something just isn't quite right. Maybe the vehicle feel like it is sluggish, lacking power and not accelerating like it is supposed to. Perhaps it feels a little loose as you drive, with a lot of bumps and vibrations. The assumption from most car owners is that there's a problem with the engine, but that is usually not the case. There are many other reasons why your vehicle might be laboring more than usual, according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive. Let's look at a few of the most common sources: Transmission The transmission is very often the cu ... read more

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What's that Noise? Identifying the Strange Sounds Your Car Might Make.

What's that Noise? Identifying the Strange Sounds Your Car Might Make.

One of the easiest ways to tell if you have an automotive problem is to simply listen to your car. Any time you hear a strange noise, it could mean that there is an issue worth getting looked at by a professional mechanic. Some sounds are common and represent minor concerns. Meanwhile, other sounds are signs that there is something seriously wrong. Here are some of the common noises you might hear (and what they might mean) according to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive: 1. Engine Squealing This is something you'll probably notice right when you turn on the car. The sound may persist as you drive or it might slowly go away as the vehicle warms up. This is usually one of the belts (timing belt, fan belt, etc.) that may need to be adjusted or replaced, but persistent noises coming from the engine ... read more

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Signs That Your Wheels Are Out of Alignment

Signs That Your Wheels Are Out of Alignment

When your vehicle's wheels get out of alignment, it may just seem like a slight annoyance at first. Perhaps the car pulls a bit to one side or the other, or maybe it feels a little loose when cornering. Slowly but surely, the problem becomes worse and before long the handling is really off. This is when it becomes somewhat dangerous to drive.  The Snowball Effect What you may also not realize is that when your wheels are out of alignment, it could be causing damage to other vehicle components that are having to work harder to make up for the misalignment of the camber, caster or toe. We're talking about the brakes, suspension, wheels/tires, differentials, transfer case and power steering system. In other words, that slight annoyance of bad wheel alignment can ultimately develop into some very expensive automotive repairs. Wheel Alignment Issues to Look for ... read more

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What Are Your Car's Factory Recommended Maintenance Needs?

What Are Your Car's Factory Recommended Maintenance Needs?

Cars are very complex machines and they require plenty of maintenance in order to keep them running right and lasting long. Ignoring standard maintenance procedures can put you and your car at risk. The vehicle might not perform right or it could be flat-out dangerous to drive if certain parts are worn out or damaged. In addition, the longer you put off preventative maintenance and minor repairs, the more you risk developing major automotive problems that will be very expensive to repair. What Maintenance Does My Vehicle Require? The tricky part is that every car is a little bit different. The maintenance needs of a classic 1960s Ford Mustang are going to be somewhat different than a 2019 Chevy Silverado. The parts are different. The systems are more or less complex depending on how old the vehicle is. For example ... read more

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How to Tell if Your Transmission is Slipping

How to Tell if Your Transmission is Slipping

Transmission problems can come in many different forms, but one of the most common is when it slips between gears. This means the transmission is not shifting correctly or it is not staying properly in gear as you are driving. It is usually the sign of internal transmission damage, or sometimes it just means your vehicle is due for a standard transmission service (replacing the transmission fluid, filter and pan gasket). The earlier you detect a slipping transmission, the more likely you can get by with a transmission service instead of having to pay for more costly transmission repairs. At the first sign of trouble, you will want to bring your car into a professional auto repair shop like Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK. Here are 6 common signs of a slipping transmission: 1. A Sluggish Feeling If the vehicle feels unusually sluggish as if it has less power or is struggling to accelerate, it could ... read more

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The Risks of Driving with a Damaged Motor Mount

The Risks of Driving with a Damaged Motor Mount

Whether you prefer to call them motor mounts or engine mounts, these simple connections are among the most important in your vehicle. They are what hold the engine in place atop the chassis. They use a combination of metal connections and rubber seals/pads to hold things in place and minimize the vibrations as the engine runs. A car’s engine generates a ton of power and torque and that’s why it’s so important to have healthy motor mounts. Over time, the rubber seals will often crack or wear out, and this leads to big risks. If the engine starts to move around, even just slightly, it can lead to engine issues, chassis/frame damage and handling problems. To put it bluntly, it’s very unsafe to drive with a broken or weak engine mount. According to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive, there are a ... read more

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Why Are You Getting Less Gas Mileage Than You Expect?

Why Are You Getting Less Gas Mileage Than You Expect?

Gas is getting more and more expensive. It doesn’t matter if you drive a big gas-guzzling truck or a fuel-efficient hybrid. You still want to save as much time and money at the pump as you can. If it seems like your vehicle isn’t getting the gas mileage it should, it could be a result of numerous different automotive issues. Here are 10 of the most common things that can affect your MPG according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive: 1. Fuel System Problems There may be an issue in your fuel system, whether it’s a dirty fuel filter, a clog or leak in one of the fuel lines or something else. Getting a professional fuel system service might be recommended. 2. Using the A/C Too Much If you really crank up the air conditioner all the time, you won’t get very good gas mileage. You may want to get you’re ... read more

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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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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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