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Is it Time to Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Is it Time to Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

How often you need to change out your engine’s air filter will depend on a variety of factors. Standard maintenance steps like oil changes and tire rotations are typically easier for people to remember because they are based on predictable mileage intervals. An air filter may last longer in some vehicles than it does in others. Checking Your Air Filter The general rule of thumb is that you should check your air filter with every service visit. If you know how to access it, you can also check it at home from time to time. If it shows any signs of damage (cracking, holes, deteriorated rubber seal) then it’s definitely time to replace it with a new one. If it is extremely dirty, that’s another sign that you are due for new air filter. For the most part, it will be somewhere ... read more

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Keep Your Vehicle Running for a Million Miles!

Keep Your Vehicle Running for a Million Miles!

There aren't many auto repair facilities out there that will stand behind a Million Mile Warranty program. But then again, there aren't many auto repair facilities like Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK. We believe in the quality of our vehicle repairs and preventative maintenance services.  What is the Million Mile Warranty? It's exactly what it sounds like. Simard Automotive offers this unique warranty and maintenance program to keep your vehicle running right for as long as you own it. Whether that's for 100,000 miles or a million miles, we have got you covered! To qualify for the Million Mile Warranty program at Simard Automotive, there are a few things you must do: 1. Apply You will need to apply for the Million Mile Warranty, and your vehicle ... read more

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How is Your Suspension Holding Up?

How is Your Suspension Holding Up?

No matter what time of year it is, you depend on your vehicle's suspension system more than you might realize. Like the brakes, wheels and tires, a healthy suspension is key to vehicle performance and safety. If your suspension is weak or the springs, shocks or struts are damaged in any way, your car or truck won't handle properly and that can be very dangerous. Common Signs of Suspension Problems We've talked before about signs of suspension problems, but let's review some of them again: Car is Drifting Off to One Side - When the car pulls hard to one side or the other, it is likely a wheel alignment issue. It could be the suspension, though. If it drifts offline (especially when cornering), then there's ... read more

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Why You Need to Get Your Brakes Checked

Why You Need to Get Your Brakes Checked

The Alaskan winter is just around the corner. This makes it a great time to take care of a number for key vehicle maintenance tasks. One of the most important is getting your brakes checked and serviced. For Fairbanks area residents, Simard Automotive is the local auto shop to turn to for all brake repairs and maintenance procedures. Brake Inspection It starts with a thorough inspection of the brake components. Sometimes, things just need to be cleaned as driving will kick up a lot of dirt and grease (and road salt in the snowy season). Keeping the brake parts clean will help keep them healthy and performing correctly. If any components need to be replaced, Simard Automotive will let you know. Brake Replacement Parts Generally, the brake pads are what will need to be replaced most often. They wear out quickly and often ... read more

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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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