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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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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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