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Winter Brake Maintenance at Simard Automotive

Winter Brake Maintenance at Simard Automotive

Winter sure is beautiful here in Fairbanks, but it sure isn't easy on our cars and trucks. The roads are rough and the icy surfaces can be slick. You have to be extra careful and attentive while driving. You also have to keep your vehicle winterized with all the key systems in good shape. Winter Maintenance Recommendations Of course, you need to care for the tires, suspension system and other handling components that will keep you safe during difficult driving conditions. However, few things are as important as your brake system. You want your brakes to be healthy, this time of year more than ever. We're talking about brake pads and rotors with plenty of life, so you can stop and slow down when you need to—often suddenly this time of year. We're also talking about a healthy automatic braking system (ABS) that is working properly so brakes don't lock up and let ... read more

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Why Your Transmission Needs to Be Serviced Periodically

Why Your Transmission Needs to Be Serviced Periodically

Your vehicle's transmission is one of its most important systems. It is literally what makes the vehicle move down the road as it transfers power from the engine and sends it out to the drive wheels. Just like you help take care of your engine with routine oil and oil filter changes, you will want to do the same for your transmission. What Does a Standard Transmission Service Include? A standard transmission service at Simard Automotive will include draining the old transmission fluid (also known as transmission oil or automatic transmission fluid—ATF) from the transmission pan, cleaning the pan, replacing the transmission filter and replacing the pan gasket if necessary. In some serious cases when the fluid is really bad, a full transmission fluid flush may be recommended. The process is actually pre ... read more

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Are Your Tires Ready for the Alaska Winter?

Are Your Tires Ready for the Alaska Winter?

We all know that the winter season comes up fast on us here in Alaska. It's getting colder by the day, and it won't be long before ice and snow are problems on the roads in and around Fairbanks. We all know how to adapt to bad weather driving around here, though. That's what being an Alaskan is all about! Now is the time to check your tires and make sure they are ready for the winter weather. Many local residents will change out to snow tires this time of year. Whenever you are ready to swap out your tires, bring your vehicle down to Simard Automotive and we'll get it taken care of for you. If you don't yet have snow tires or all-weather tires and are thinking about using them this season, let us know and we'll get you a great deal on a set. If you are using all-weather tires or just sticking with your usual tires through the winter season, you should be fine. They do a great job keeping the road ... read more

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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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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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How to Know When You Need Suspension Repairs

How to Know When You Need Suspension Repairs

Your vehicle's suspension system is more than just a convenience. Sure, it helps create a smoother ride for you and your passengers, but that is just one small part of what it does. It makes the car much safer to drive with better performance and handling. It also protects other systems and components like the wheels, brakes, tires, axles, differentials and other drivetrain parts. If your suspension system is damaged or weak, it can lead to all sorts of handling problems and potentially other automotive damage that is expensive to repair. At the first sign of any suspension issues, you will want to turn to your local automotive shop for a professional inspection and diagnosis. Here are some common signs of suspension problems, according to the Fairbanks, AK auto repair experts at Simard Automotive: 1. Vehicle Pulling to One Side If your vehicle is pulling hard to one side or the other, it could be ... read more

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Why it's Important to Change Your Oil

Why it's Important to Change Your Oil

We all tend to take oil changes for granted. Whether you do it yourself or bring your vehicle to a shop for a professional oil change, it's just something that has to be done. We do it when the little mileage sticker on our window tells us to or when our car's computer gives us a service light.  Why Do We Do Oil Changes? It's a fairly simple and inexpensive service, so we don't think too much about why we do it. The truth is, it's probably THE MOST important thing you can do to keep your car running right. Motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine. It provides vital cooling and lubricating properties between very fast-moving metal parts.  What Happens if I Ignore Oil Changes? If your engine doesn't have enough oil running through it or the oil itself is old and crusty, bad things are going to happen. Engine parts can get easily damaged and your e ... read more

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7 Tips to Keep Your Tires Lasting as Long as Possible

7 Tips to Keep Your Tires Lasting as Long as Possible

It's a scary thought to think that your tires are the only thing between the road and your vehicle (and you) as you drive. Your heavy car or truck is moving at high speeds, cornering, braking and accelerating. So much depends on your tires actively gripping the asphalt and getting you safely wherever you need to travel. With that in mind, you want to keep your tires performing well and lasting as long as possible. They can be expensive to replace and tire damage is a major cause of vehicular accidents. Here are X tips from Fairbanks' own Simard Automotive for keeping your tires in great shape: 1. Rotate Your Tires Regularly You'll typically want to rotate your tires every 5,000-6,000 miles or in conjunction with each oil change. Each tire on your vehicle will wear out a little differently based on various factors. Rotatin ... read more

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The 7 Most Common Exhaust System Problems

The 7 Most Common Exhaust System Problems

A healthy exhaust and emissions system is important to have. It expels harmful fumes and gases from the engine and burns off dangerous toxins before they are sent out the tail pipe and out into the environment. If something is wrong in the exhaust system, your engine may not work properly. You may lose fuel efficiency and fail to meet emissions standards. You want to take care of your exhaust system and it will take care of your vehicle. Here are 6 of the most common exhaust system problems according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive: 1. Exhaust LeaksExhaust leaks are very dangerous for a number of reasons. They will affect the performance of the engine. The fumes can also ci ... read more

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