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The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Filters

The Simard Automotive Guide to Vehicle Filters

As you probably already know, cars are pretty complex and they are only getting more advanced. There are many different systems throughout your vehicle, and each of those systems has multiple vital components performing specific functions. Many of these systems will feature some kind of filter that helps keep dirt, debris and other contaminants from damaging parts or hindering performance. In this article, we will cover some of the common filters found in most vehicles and what you need to know when it comes to ongoing maintenance. Engine Air Filter This is the filter most people know about and it’s something that can easily be maintained on your own. When you bring your car in for service, the mechanic will usually let you know if the engine air filter is getting too dirty or worn out. You will want to replace it as needed to make sure your engine is getting the clean air it ne ... read more

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6 Winter Cooling System Maintenance Tips from Simard Automotive

6 Winter Cooling System Maintenance Tips from Simard Automotive

We all know how cold it gets in Alaska throughout the fall, winter and spring months. It’s a harsh environment and it can be tough to keep your vehicle maintained. One system that definitely needs a lot of attention when it’s freezing outside is the cooling system. You want to keep it working as well as possible this time of year. Sometimes, the term “cooling system” can be a little misleading. It is mainly there to keep your car from overheating. However, it will also keep your engine from seizing up. Essentially, the cooling system regulates the temperature of the engine, and that’s every important during every season. Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK has put together this list of winter cooling syste ... read more

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Are Your Tires Getting Worn Out? Here's What You Need to Know.

Are Your Tires Getting Worn Out? Here's What You Need to Know.

Having good tires with ample tread is important. They will grip the road and help keep you safe behind the wheel. Obviously, your tires will wear out naturally over time, but there are additional factors that can cause them to deteriorate quicker than you want. Other vehicle components and various factors can lead to uneven or increased tire wear. At Simard Automotive, we want you to be safe on the road (especially with Alaska's unpredictable weather). Here are some of the factors to keep in mind when it comes to your tire tread wear: 1. Air Pressure It's a good idea to check your tire air pressure regularly. If they are overinflated or underinflated, it will lead to more rapid tire wear. Likewise, if one tire has a different air pressure than the rest, it will lead to uneven tread wear. 2. Wheel Alignment Properly aligned wheels will help keep the tread wear on your tir ... read more

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6 Common Signs of a Cooling System Problem

6 Common Signs of a Cooling System Problem

Car engines run very hot. They are burning up fuel to provide power for the vehicle. That’s why your cooling system is so important. Most cars will use a traditional fluid-cooled system that requires an ideal mix of water and radiator coolant (antifreeze) in the radiator. It is then circulated throughout the engine through the water pump. This process keeps the engine from overheating and causing major damage within the vehicle. The point is, you need your cooling system working properly at all times or it can lead to very costly engine repairs. Simard Automotive has put together this list of common signs that you may have a cooling system problem: 1. Car Overheating If your vehicle is overhea ... read more

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Is Your Water Pump Failing? Here Are the Signs to Look for.

Is Your Water Pump Failing? Here Are the Signs to Look for.

A majority of vehicles will rely on a water pump as a key part of their engine’s cooling system. What this component does is keep the coolant circulating between the radiator and the engine so that the engine is continually running at manageable operating temperatures. Without the water pump, the vehicle will overheat and it could lead to major internal engine damage. Even the most technologically advanced modern water pumps and cooling system can have issues. And certainly, the older your vehicle is, the more likely the water pump will not work as well over time. Sometimes, it can completely fail without notice. Simard Automotive is here to help you if you ever experience water pump problems in Fairbanks, AK. Below are some of the most common signs of a failing water pump that you can look for: 1. The En ... read more

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Alternator Problems? Here Are 5 Symptoms to Look for.

Alternator Problems? Here Are 5 Symptoms to Look for.

In any gasoline-powered vehicle, the alternator is a very important component. Ultimately, it’s a pretty simple device, but it performs a vital function of recycling power to and from the car battery as you are driving. Many hybrids and electric vehicles will not have a traditional alternator since they use different battery systems than regular cars. Your battery is supplying power to the engine, entertainment system, air conditioner and several other electrical components. The alternator ultimately returns the power back into the battery while the car is running, which allows it to maintain a full charge. If the alternator is failing, the battery may die or you will encounter issues with the various electronic systems in the vehicle. If your alternator isn’t working correctly, there are several common symptoms yo ... read more

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It's Called "Preventative Maintenance" for a Reason

It's Called "Preventative Maintenance" for a Reason

In the world of auto repair, "preventative maintenance" is a very common and important term that covers a variety of standard automotive services. Some of the most popular examples would include: • Oil Changes • Transmission Services • Brake Services • Fluid Changes & Flushes • Emissions Testing • Computer Diagnostics • Tire Rotations • Wheel Alignment • Air Filter Replacement • Fuel System Service • Chassis Lubrication • Engine Oil Conditioner • Multi-Point Vehicle Inspections How Often Are These Services Needed? These are just some of the most common preventative maintenance services that your car needs. Some of these procedures (such as oil changes and tire rotations) are required ever ... read more

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Car Overheating? Here's What You Need to Do.

Car Overheating? Here's What You Need to Do.

When your vehicle overheats, it simply means the engine is running too hot. Continuing to drive with an overheated engine can lead to serious (and expensive) damage. At the first sign of your vehicle overheating, you need to be smart about what you do next. Temperature Warning Systems All vehicles are equipped with a temperature gauge and warning lights that will display on your dashboard or onboard computer display. If the engine is running hot, it should let you know. Sometimes your check engine light may come on, as well. If you continue to drive, you run the risk of the engine actually overheating. In this case, you'll usually see steam coming from under the hood and the car will perform very poorly). What to Do if Your Car Overheats If your car is ov ... read more

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5 Reasons Why You Need Proper Wheel Alignment

5 Reasons Why You Need Proper Wheel Alignment

Many drivers don't understand the full importance of having proper wheel alignment in their vehicles. They put up with a little drifting or pulling. They don't mind a few extra vibrations while motoring down the highway. However, having your wheels out of alignment can lead to bigger problems with your drive train, suspension, brakes, wheels and tires. It's simply a good idea to get your wheel alignment checked at least once or twice a year as part of regular maintenance. Here are 5 of the most important reasons why you want proper wheel alignment in your car, truck, van or SUV: 1. Increased Tire Life You may be good about rotating your tires every 5,000-6,000 miles to keep the treads wearing evenly over time. However, if your wheels are out of alignment, you will burn thro ... read more

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Transmission Problems? Simard Automotive is Your Solution!

Transmission Problems? Simard Automotive is Your Solution!

If the engine is the heart of your car, then the transmission is the brain. It transfers power from the engine to the wheels and controls speeds based on which gear the vehicle is in. If your transmission is not performing well, it is a major problem. Having your transmission rebuilt or replaced (let alone damage to other automotive components and systems) is not cheap. At the first sign of transmission trouble, you should seek help from an automotive repair expert who can properly diagnose the issue and get it fixed before it develops into a significant (and expensive) problem. Here are some “symptoms” you can look for: 1. Unusual Noises You may hear whining, humming or clunking coming from your vehicle. There’s a good chance it’s your transmission, especially if you hear these sounds when the vehicle is shifting to the next gear or when driving at high speeds. 2. B ... read more

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