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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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When is the Last Time You Had Your Brakes Checked?

When is the Last Time You Had Your Brakes Checked?

Driving in Fairbanks and throughout Alaska can take its toll on your car or truck—especially in the harsh winter months. With plenty of rain, ice and snow on the horizon, it's a great time to get your brakes and other vehicle safety and performance components inspected.  Safety Concerns Without good brakes, you will not be able to stop or slow down properly. Obviously, this can lead to very dangerous scenarios for you and any passengers with you, not to mention the other drivers on the road. You want your brakes to be working well for safety and overall performance. How Bad Brakes Could Impact Your Entire Car Likewise, brakes that aren't working properly can also lead to problems in other vehicle systems such as the suspension, wheels/tires, whe ... read more

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Fluid Change vs. Fluid Flush - What Are the Differences?

Fluid Change vs. Fluid Flush - What Are the Differences?

Your vehicle has many fluids that keep it running. You have fuel, engine oil, transmission fluid, radiator coolant, brake fluid and power steering fluid. Each provides a specific purpose that your car won't function without.  If you are dealing with a mechanic, you may hear a few different terms when it comes to maintaining your fluids. The most common services offered will be "fluid changes" and "fluid flushes." They may sound similar, but the processes are actually quite different, so we're here to explain what you need to know about each. In the simplest of explanations, the primary difference between a fluid change and a fluid flush is the complexity of the process. A fluid flush is much more thorough, and thus it is a more expensive automotive maintenance procedure ... read more

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