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How to Keep You and Your Car from Overheating This Summer

How to Keep You and Your Car from Overheating This Summer

Summer is in full swing. The weather is beautiful in Alaska and it's time to make the most of our short summertime season. The last thing you want is for your car or truck to have problems when things heat up. You want to stay cool and you want to keep your engine from overheating. That's why Simard Automotive is here to help! Cooling System Inspection & Repairs First and foremost, you don't want your car to overheat when the weather outside gets warmer. That's why it's a good idea to get a cooling system inspection from a professional auto shop like Simard Automotive in Fairbanks. Our technicians can inspect all the key components such as the water pump, radiator, head gasket, radiator fluid (coolant), fans and fluid lines. We can make sure everything is ... read more

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Are the Rough Alaskan Roads Damaging Your Suspension?

Are the Rough Alaskan Roads Damaging Your Suspension?

Alaska is a beautiful place to live, but the roads can be rough. During the summer months is when a lot of road construction is happening to repair damage from over the cold winter. It's a never-ending cycle that leads to a lot of unpleasant driving surfaces. Then, some older country roads are just challenging to begin with. Suspension Damage Unfortunately, driving on Alaska's often-rough roads can take its toll on your car or truck's suspension system. The shocks, struts, springs and hydraulic lines can undergo so much extra stress, which will make an already bumpy ride even bumpier. A bad suspension system is not only annoying. It can also lead to other mechanical problems in the vehicle, including damage to the brakes, tires, wheels, axles, differentials and even the transmission/drivetrain system. Suspension System Inspecti ... read more

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What to Do When You Have an Exhaust Leak in Your Car

What to Do When You Have an Exhaust Leak in Your Car

When there is an exhaust leak in your car, it is not something that should be ignored or taken lightly. It will affect the performance of the vehicle and can potentially lead to major engine damage if left unrepaired. Dangerous carbon monoxide can leak into the passenger cabin and literally be deadly. It's also not good for the environment if your emissions system isn't doing what it is supposed to do. Signs of an Exhaust Leak There are several signs that will let you know that you have an exhaust leak or some other exhaust problem such as a failing catalytic converter. Here are a few to look for, according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive: • Strong exhaust smell inside the car• Popping or hissing sounds whenever you rev the engine ... read more

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Spring Into Savings at Simard Automotive

Spring Into Savings at Simard Automotive

Spring is in the air and Alaska's short summer season is just around the corner. As the weather starts to warm up a little, it's important to get your vehicle ready. The cold winter months can take a toll on certain automotive systems and components, and summer driving will put different demands on the vehicle.  Simard Automotive is here to help with all your automotive repairs and preventative maintenance needs during the spring season. We can save you time, headaches and money by taking care of certain maintenance services now before any major problems develop. Here are some recommended spring maintenance services to consider: Oil Change No matter what season you're in, it's important to get your oil changed as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. Whether that's every 3,000, 5,000 or 10,000 miles, this is a vital preventative maintenance step to take. Even i ... read more

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Are You Due for a Fuel System Service?

Are You Due for a Fuel System Service?

You always want your engine to perform its best, and the fuel system is a very important part of it. You need clean fuel getting to your engine so that it can burn efficiently. If the lines are clogged or dirty, or the fuel filter is in need of replacement, you will lose power and fuel efficiency. Simard Automotive in Fairbanks can provide a complete fuel system service to ensure that your fuel system is working properly. It involves a thorough cleaning of key fuel system components such as the fuel lines, fuel injector, intake valve and combustion chambers. We use special cleaning solutions and techniques to produce the best possible results. We will also inspect the fuel filter and replace it if needed. How do you know when you are due for a fuel system service? Here are a few signs you can look for: 1. Vehicle Doesn’t St ... read more

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Preparing for a Military Change of Station? Simard Automotive is Here to Help Get Your Vehicle Ready to Ship.

Preparing for a Military Change of Station? Simard Automotive is Here to Help Get Your Vehicle Ready to Ship.

Changes of station are a natural part of life in the military. You may have been brought to Alaska to serve at one of the excellent military bases here, but perhaps you are getting ready to change stations again and you need help shipping your privately owned vehicle (POV). Shipping Challenges Dealing with the Vehicle Processing Center can be challenging when preparing to ship your vehicle across the country or overseas to your next station. Because Alaska is outside the contiguous United States, it is considered along with Hawaii and all overseas stations (OCONUS) and that also brings some challenges when shipping your vehicle out of our state.  Fairbanks Auto Repair & Inspection Services It helps to have a knowledgeable and experienced automotive shop on your side like ... read more

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10 of the Most Common Auto Repairs at Simard Automotive

10 of the Most Common Auto Repairs at Simard Automotive

When you own a car, truck, SUV or any kind of vehicle, it is going to require maintenance and it will likely need some sort of repairs during the time you own it. If you get lucky, it may just be minor stuff. Otherwise, almost every vehicle will need some sort of major repair in its lifetime. At Simard Automotive, we provide all types of automotive maintenance and auto repair services. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of some of the most common repairs we perform at our two Fairbanks, AK shops. 1. Tire Repair A flat tire can often be repaired with a simple patch kit. More severe tire damage may require the whole tire to be replaced. All tires need to be replaced once the tread levels get dangerously low. 2. Brakes Your ... read more

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Suspension Problems? Simard Automotive is Here to Help!

Suspension Problems? Simard Automotive is Here to Help!

There are many negative effects on you and your vehicle when you are experiencing significant suspension system problems. It certainly impacts your comfort as a driver if you are feeling every bump in the road. It can also be a major safety issue if things are out of balance or key suspension components are damaged. You may lose control around corners or over uneven road surfaces. One Thing Leads to Another Last but not least, suspension problems can lead to other damage in your vehicle. This includes the wheels, tires, axles, differentials, brakes, chassis and more. A bad suspension can compound into many other issues that can be very expensive to repair. Fairbanks Suspension Repair If you live in the Fairbanks area or any of the surrounding regions and are experiencing suspension problems (check out our article ... read more

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Simard Automotive Has Two Convenient Fairbanks Locations to Serve You

Simard Automotive Has Two Convenient Fairbanks Locations to Serve You

Michael Simard started Simard Automotive way back in 1997. Back then, he only had a small one-bay shop that was located near Fairbanks International Airport. Eventually, his business kept growing thanks to quality repair work and excellent customer service. Today, there are two Simard Automotive shop locations ready to serve all your auto repair and maintenance needs in Fairbanks, AK. Airport Location (5200 Aeronca Ave.) • (855) 690-0889 In 1999, Simard Automotive moved out of that first tiny shop and into their current location also very close to the airport. The space is larger and they have continued to grow their service team with expert automotive technicians and service advisors. They work on all different types of vehicles, foreign and domestic. Their policy is if it fits through the bay door, they can work on it ... read more

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Friendly Service from a Family-Owned Auto Shop

Friendly Service from a Family-Owned Auto Shop

Simard Automotive has been a part of the Fairbanks community for more than 20 years. Owner Michael Simard opened his first local auto shop in 1997 and now we have two family-owned shops in town to better serve our customers. After all, customer service is always our number one priority. It's what drives our entire team to be its best each and every day. The Cornerstones of Customer Service It all starts with a commitment to treating people the way they deserve to be treated. We understand that you are trusting us to provide expert automotive advice and professional repair/maintenance services. That's why our auto repair technicians are so thorough and detailed when it comes to performing inspections and running diagnostic tests. This allows us to get to the root of any automotive problem before we can make accurate repair recomm ... read more

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