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The 6 Most Common Cooling System Problems

The 6 Most Common Cooling System Problems

The cooling system is one of the most important systems in any vehicle on the road. It circulates fresh coolant from the radiator through the engine in order to keep it from overheating. If something is wrong with the cooling system, it will potentially lead to much bigger problems. Not only will the engine start to overheat, but internal components can fail and cause major damage.  It is best to deal with any cooling system issues before it wreaks havoc on your engine. Engines are not cheap to replace or repair, so you do not want to hold off on cooling system repairs for very long. Simard Automotive has identified the follow 6 things as the most common cooling system problems that drivers encounter. Let's take a look at each issue and how you want to deal with them. 1. Radiator Leaks Perhap ... read more

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Use Your Senses to Detect Car Trouble

Use Your Senses to Detect Car Trouble

Obviously, when your check engine light comes on, you know you might have an automotive issue that requires professional attention. There are other very clear signs like flat tires, an overheating engine, a car that won't start, a transmission that won't shift into a certain gear, and more. When you experience these, there's no doubt you have a significant problem worth taking to a mechanic for a proper diagnosis and repairs. However, what about the little things that aren't quite as obvious? How can you detect minor issues before they develop into major automotive problems? Well, this is where you can lean on four of your five senses. We're talking about hearing, feeling, smelling and seeing. Taste shouldn't come into play, and please don't put any auto parts in your mouth for any reason! As for the other four senses, they can actually tell you a lot about t ... read more

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6 Benefits of Good Wheel Alignment

6 Benefits of Good Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment is one of those things that most vehicle owners don't think about until it becomes a problem. That's true of many automotive issues. However, wheel alignment is a preventative service that should be performed periodically on every vehicle. At the very least, you can get your alignment checked with each service visit. If there are concerns, it's better to fix it now than wait until further problems develop. Here are 6 benefits of good wheel alignment, according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive1. Better Handling Along with the suspension system, the alignment of the wheels will really make a significant difference in how the vehicle handles on the road. Proper wheel alignment keeps the vehicle straight on straightaways and it will help provide better control on tight corners. You'll feel fewer bumps and vibrations, and you'll just enjoy ... read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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