Category Archives: Car Care Tips

What to Do if You Find a Transmission Fluid Leak

What to Do if You Find a Transmission Fluid Leak

Your transmission needs clean transmission fluid to run well. You always want to make sure the transmission fluid levels are good and that the fluid itself is in good shape. If it is dark or discolored in any way—or if it has a "burnt" smell—then you are overdue for a transmission service. Further repairs may even be needed if you let bad transmission oil run through the system for too long. It provides important lubricating and cooling properties that keep the parts from grinding together and causing internal transmission damage. Transmission Fluid Leaks But what happens if you notice a transmission fluid leak? It's usually fairly easy to identify as most transmission fluids are bright red in color. If you see it leaking underneath the vehicle, it's never a good sign and you don't want to wait until later to deal with it. The best case scenario is that you may just need a new transmission pan gasket, which is typically installed as ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

10 Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Running Longer

10 Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Running Longer

Unless you are someone who likes to get a new car or truck every few years, you want your vehicle to be reliable for as many years as possible. You feel a sense of pride when you see the odometer roll over to 100,000 miles. Some of us might even get up to 200,000, 300,000 or more! To keep a vehicle running well for as long as possible, it takes special care and maintenance. Simard Automotive is here to highlight 10 ways to keep your car, truck, SUV or work vehicle healthy for many years and miles to come. 1. Regular Oil Changes Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for getting your oil changed. Some older cars may need it done every 3,000 miles or so, while certain newer vehicles may only need oil changes every 10,000 miles. Engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle and it helps keep the engine running right, so keep getting those oil changes as needed. 2. Transmission Service ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

7 Signs Your Brakes Are Going Bad

7 Signs Your Brakes Are Going Bad

There is no worse feeling than if your brakes go out. It could be a life or death situation. You never want to let it get to that point, which is why regular brake maintenance is so crucial. At the first sign of any brake problems, you should take your vehicle to a professional mechanic for a proper brake inspection and service. Replace the brake pads as needed, keep your brake fluid healthy and make sure all the components are in good shape to keep you, your family and other drivers around you safe. Here are 8 signs that your brakes might be going bad, according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive: 1. Your Brake Light is On This one is pretty obvious. If the brake or ABS light is illuminated on your dashboard, then the vehicle is sensing something wrong with your brake system. You will want to get t ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

7 Signs Your Car Has a Fuel System Problem

7 Signs Your Car Has a Fuel System Problem

If your fuel system isn't properly pumping clean fuel from the gas tank to the engine, your vehicle simply won't run right. Your engine will lose power or it may not work at all. You will lose gas mileage. You might even develop a fuel leak, which presents a number of dangerous concerns. The most common source of fuel system failure is the fuel pump. When it is damaged, you lose fuel pressure and that's always a bad thing. Damage to the fuel lines, clogged fuel lines or an ineffective fuel filter are other things that might be wrong.  It's important to be able to recognize there might be a fuel system problem in your vehicle. Here are 7 signs of fuel system failure that you can look for, according to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive: 1. The Car Won't Start If your car is struggling to start or won't start at all, it can be any number of thing ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

Are Your Gears Grinding? Here Are 6 Reasons Why.

Are Your Gears Grinding? Here Are 6 Reasons Why.

When you hear and feel the gears grinding in your vehicle, it is one of the most common signs of a transmission problem. This is especially true if your car has an automatic transmission because you definitely know it's not your own fault like it can be in a manual transmission vehicle. Grinding gears means that the clutch isn't completely disengaging from the engine during shifting while the gears are rotating. Here are 6 reasons why your gears might be grinding according to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive: 1. Torque Converter An automatic or CVT transmission utilizes a torque converter and a special planetary gear system to automatically shift between gears as you accelerate or decelerating the vehicle. If the torque converter is damaged, the car will ob ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

7 Ways to Improve Driver Visibility this Winter

7 Ways to Improve Driver Visibility this Winter

It's nice having all four seasons in Alaska, even if that means our winter is a little longer than most people's. Dealing with the cold temperatures, snow and long, dark nights is just part of life in Fairbanks this time of year, and it forces most of us to be more diligent drivers. One thing you can really do to help your safety as a driver is to maximize your visibility. The more you can see (and the more others can see you), the safer you will be. Simard Automotive has put together this list of helpful visibility tips for the winter season: 1. Keep Your Windows Clean This may go without saying, but keep your windshield, rear window and side windows clean. Apply a coat of weather treatment to help keep rain, snow and ice from sticking and clean them often. If you know it is going to be clear overnight with below-freezing temperatures, dry off the windows before you go to bed. This will help k ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

Is it Time to Change Your Tires?

Is it Time to Change Your Tires?

Your tires provide the only contact points between your car and the road. They affect everything from handling and safety to fuel economy, so you want to make sure they are always in good shape. Tire Rotation One way to extend the lifespan of your tires is to get them rotated every 5,000-6,000 miles. They do not wear out evenly as you drive and every vehicle is a little different. Therefore, rotating the tires on a regular basis as part of your preventative maintenance plan will help spread out the wear and tear, so they last as long as possible. Tread Depth It's also a good idea to check your tire treads every so often. Be sure and check each of the tires because, like we said, they don't wear out evenly when we drive. You can use the "penny test" to get a basic id ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

How Often Should You Change Your Vehicle's Air Filters?

How Often Should You Change Your Vehicle's Air Filters?

An air filter can be easy to overlook. It's not something most of us think about until it is a problem. In this article, we want to talk about both of your vehicle's air filters and how often you need to change them. Engine Air Filter The more important air filter will be the engine air filter. It performs a simple, yet vital role, within your air intake system. An engine needs fresh oxygen for optimal internal combustion. As air is pulled into the motor, it runs through the engine air filter. The filter is there to keep out dust, dirt and debris that can negatively impact the motor's performance. If the filter is old, worn out or too full of dirt, contaminants will get through. This may cause the engine to not run as efficiently and can ultimately lead to internal damage if left ignored. Typically, you will want to change out your engine air filter every 15,000-30,000 mil ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

Bad Muffler? Here Are 3 Problems to Look for

Bad Muffler? Here Are 3 Problems to Look for

A vehicle's exhaust system serves a very important purpose. From the exhaust manifold through the catalytic converter and ultimately out through the muffler and tailpipe, it expels dangerous gasses from the engine and burns them off to reduce harmful emissions into the environment. If any component isn't working or an exhaust leak develops, you will lose fuel economy and it could lead to major internal engine damage that will be costly to repair. Of course, you may also be breathing in deadly carbon monoxide fumes if the exhaust leaks into the passenger cabin. The muffler acts as kind of the final gatekeeper in the emissions process, though its primary purpose is just as the name suggests. It muffles the sound of the engine as exhaust is expelled. You always want to make sure your muffler is in good shape. The good news is there are some common symptoms you might notice, which will tell ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips

What Alaska's Cold Weather Can Do to Your Car

What Alaska's Cold Weather Can Do to Your Car

We love living in Alaska, especially here in the Fairbanks area. There is no place like it on earth. However, nobody ever said this climate is easy on vehicles. When the fall and winter months roll around, it gets harder and harder to keep your car, truck or SUV running right. There are other safety issues that also come with driving in inclement weather. In this article, we'd like to talk about some of the common Alaskan weather issues and what they can do to your car. Rain and Moisture Excess moisture in the air and on the ground can take its toll on any vehicle. It wears out rubber and foam components like belts, hoses and door/window seals. It can lead to rust in parts that aren't properly coated. Also, driving on wet roads can kick up a lot of dirt, grime, road salt and greas ... read more

Categories:

Car Care Tips
If You Are Using A Screen Reader And Are Having Problems Using This Website, please call Simard Automotive - Airport (907) 451-9529, Simard Automotive - Gaffney (907) 456-4606 For Assistance.