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Winter Cooling System Service at Simard Automotive

Winter Cooling System Service at Simard Automotive

The term "cooling system" can be a little misleading. A lot of vehicle owners it is only there to keep the engine from overheating. That is certainly its main purpose, but it also helps keep the engine from seizing up in the winter. Radiator coolant is commonly referred to as "antifreeze" for a reason.  Coolant-to-Water Ratios Your vehicle's radiator will combine a mixed ratio of coolant/antifreeze and water. Many coolants come as pre-mixed with water to save you some headaches. However, in a place like Fairbanks where the winter temperatures can drop well below freezing, that ratio may sometimes have to be adjusted for better performance.  Temperature Regulation Basic chemistry will tell us that metal contracts in the cold and expands in the heat. Your ... read more

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How to Deal with Electrical Problems in Your Vehicle

How to Deal with Electrical Problems in Your Vehicle

Unlike other automotive issues where there are common preventative maintenance procedures that you schedule regularly (oil changes, tire rotation, brake service, etc.), your electrical system is usually not something most drivers think about until it actually becomes a problem.  Preventative Electrical Maintenance There are preventative measures you can take like having your wiring inspected and battery power tested on a routine basis. Otherwise, you usually won't realize there is an issue with the battery, alternator, wiring, computer or electronic components until you start experiencing failures. Signs of Auto Electric Problems A few signs of auto electric problems include: 1. Car won't start (usually a dead battery, damaged ignition system and/or failing alternator) 2. Dim interior ... read more

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When is the Last Time You Had Your Car's A/C System Serviced?

When is the Last Time You Had Your Car's A/C System Serviced?

Now that our brief summer season is in full swing, it's nice to have an air conditioner in your car that works when you need it. Before long, we'll be back to colder weather and you'll be depending on your heater and defrosters again. Either way, it's good to have an A/C system that is running right. Now is a great time of year to get it serviced! Bring your car, truck, SUV or work vehicle into Simard Automotive for a complete air conditioning inspection, tune-up and cleaning. Here are a few of the things we will take care of to keep your air conditioner/heater working efficiently. Thermostat Check Over time, the vehicle's thermostat can start to become less dependable or it could fail altogether. We can run tests and check the thermostat settings to make sure it's reading the rig ... read more

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What is an "Arctic Enhanced" Auto Repair Estimate?

What is an "Arctic Enhanced" Auto Repair Estimate?

At Simard Automotive, we provide what we call the "Arctic Enhanced" estimate when we provide auto repair estimates to our customers. What it means is we are committed to doing a little extra and making sure that our customers have the information they need to make smart decisions. Customers for Life Though some people may only visit Simard Automotive once, a good majority of our business comes from repeat and referral customers throughout the Fairbanks area. They know they can count on our team to treat them right and provide the best automotive repair and maintenance services. Ours is truly a relationship business, as we strive to make everyone a customer for life.  Building Trust To do this, you must build trust. One of the ways we do this is through our thorough inspectio ... read more

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Service Specials at Simard Automotive

Service Specials at Simard Automotive

If you are looking for good deals on automotive services in Fairbanks, be sure and check out Simard Automotive's Specials page. We update it regularly with new service specials to help local vehicle owners with all their preventative maintenance and various auto repair needs. Right now, you can find two great coupons on our Specials page! $25 Off Brake Service First, we are offering $25 off a standard brake service. This deal is good for most cars and light trucks, and it includes replacing all the brake pads. Our technicians will also properly resurface the rotors of your disc brakes (or the drums if your vehicle has drum brakes). In addition, we will inspect the entire brake system and let you know if there are any other concerns with the mechanica ... read more

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What Kind of Vehicles Do We Service at Simard Automotive?

What Kind of Vehicles Do We Service at Simard Automotive?

Whether you have a car, truck, SUV, van or service vehicle of just about any type, Simard Automotive has you covered. Our two Fairbanks shops are equipped to handle all of your automotive repair and preventative maintenance needs. At Simard Automotive, we get customers from all over Central Alaska because they know they can count on our service team to provide friendly, honest service. And, they know our skilled automotive technicians will always get the job done right.  Foreign & Domestic We work on foreign vehicle, including the most popular European and Asian makes. Of course, we are proud to work on any American-made vehicles built right here in the U.S.A. Check out our vehicles page for a full list of vehicle manufacturers that we work on regularly. Does your vehicle have an automatic or manual ... read more

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Keep Your Vehicle Fleet on the Road

Keep Your Vehicle Fleet on the Road

Now more than ever, your business depends on its vehicle fleet to keep working and providing essential services to the community. Whether you have one or two work trucks or a whole fleet of company vehicles, Simard Automotive is the Fairbanks auto repair specialist to trust for the best in fleet management services. Professional and Dependable When you work with Simard Automotive, you can count on our team to take care of all your vehicle fleet needs. We understand how important it is for you to keep your work trucks, utility vehicles, civil service vehicles, taxis, company cars and other work vehicles on the road. Your team depends on these vehicles, and you depend on your team to keep your business running right.  Custom Fleet Management AccountsSimard Automotive provides ... read more

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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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