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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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Inspections and Diagnostics at Simard Automotive

Inspections and Diagnostics at Simard Automotive

Good automotive repair is never a guessing game. The more information our technicians at Simard Automotive know, the better repair recommendations we can make to our customers. With proper diagnostic testing and vehicle inspections, the jobs get done right and everyone is satisfied.  As a vehicle owner visiting one of Simard Automotive’s two Fairbanks shops, it's important to understand the processes we use to diagnose specific automotive problems and get you the most accurate results. Let's take a look at the differences between different types of inspections and diagnostic tests. Diagnostic Tests This is often the first step taken by our technicians to identify potential problems, especially if a warning light (such as the ... read more

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Auto Electric Repairs at Simard Automotive

Auto Electric Repairs at Simard Automotive

It's a simple fact. The more modern your vehicle is, the more complex its electrical system will be. Today's cars (especially hybrid and electric vehicles) are so advanced with high-tech onboard computers and sophisticated battery systems. Obviously, the more complex the system, the more things that can go wrong and the more you need an automotive expert to make any electrical repairs. The good news for Fairbanks area residents is that Simard Automotive has you covered for all your auto electric repair and maintenance needs, whether you have a modern car with advanced technology or a classic ride with simple electronic controls. Here are some common electrical problems you may want to look for: Check Engine Light If your ... read more

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Is It Time for an Air Conditioning Tune-Up?

Is It Time for an Air Conditioning Tune-Up?

Summer is just around the corner and we are all looking forward to long days and warmer temperatures in Alaska. It may have been awhile since the last time you used your vehicle's air conditioner to cool you down, so that makes this time of year an ideal time to get your A/C system tuned up. Don't wait until it gets too hot or stuffy. Bring your vehicle down to either of Simard Automotive's Fairbanks repair shop locations and we'll make sure your air conditioning system is working its best. Inspection, Testing and Repair The first step to any air conditioning tune-up is to review the system and certain key components. Our technicians can run specific tests focused on the air temperature, quality and consistency. If any one of those elements is off, we can then inspect further to uncov ... read more

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Cooling System Repairs at Simard Automotive

Cooling System Repairs at Simard Automotive

When you really understand what is happening inside a standard combustion engine, it’s fascinating. Repeated, controlled explosions are happening every second and that’s what provides power to your car, truck or SUV. Needless to say, this process generates a lot of heat and therefore your vehicle needs a good cooling system. Without the cooling system working properly, your engine will overheat and ultimately fail. This can cost you thousands of dollars in engine repairs or a complete engine replacement if it is not dealt with early on. Some older cars and specialty vehicles may use an air-cooled system, but most will have a fluid-based cooling system. The key components of the traditional cooling system are the radiator, the radiator coolant (aka “antifreeze”), the water pump, the head gasket ... read more

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Weak Headlights? Get Them Restored or Replaced at Simard Automotive!

Weak Headlights? Get Them Restored or Replaced at Simard Automotive!

Your vehicle's headlights are vital for safety. Not only do they allow you to see what's ahead of you when it is dark outside, but they also help other drivers to see you when on the road. Whether you're dealing with dark, rainy, snowy or foggy conditions, you need good headlights. You are also at risk of getting a ticket if any of your exterior lights aren't working properly. Fairbanks Headlight Restoration and Repair Count on the auto repair experts at Simard Automotive for all your headlight repair and restoration needs. When it comes to your visibility, we're here to help you get the best headlight, fog light and tail light performance possible. Bulb Replacements and Upgrades The bulbs in your vehicle's exterior lights can naturally weaken or burn out over time. If your headlights seem dim or don't seem to be working at ... read more

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Don't Buy a Used Car in Fairbanks without Getting it Inspected by Simard Automotive

Don't Buy a Used Car in Fairbanks without Getting it Inspected by Simard Automotive

In many ways, it makes sense to buy a used car because you won’t have to deal with as much depreciation. Still, you have to be very careful when buying a used car. Whether you purchase it from a dealership or a private seller, you don’t want to take any chances. Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly what kind of shape the vehicle is in before you commit to buying it? It’s Your Right to Know Well, that assurance is actually very easy to get. As a used car buyer, you are entitled to your right to know. You can arrange to have the vehicle brought into Simard Automotive for a pre-purchase vehicle inspection. Know that you would be paying for this service, not the seller (unless you negotiate it as part of your deal). However, it’s worth it to have proper peace of mind. The car may run great now and a simple test drive won’t really reveal much. Problems could be on the ... read more

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Car Heating & Air Conditioning Services at Simard Automotive

Car Heating & Air Conditioning Services at Simard Automotive

It's true that your vehicle's heating and air conditioning system is somewhat of a luxury. In the summer, it sure is nice to crank up the AC and stay cool. However, in the middle of winter in Alaska, having a properly functioning heating and defrosting system is absolutely vital. You need to stay warm inside the vehicle when it's extremely cold outside for months on end. And, you need your defroster for optimum visibility throughout the winter. Signs of Heating/AC Problems Let's look at some common symptoms that you might be experiencing problems with your car's heating and air conditioning system: • Air not blowing as cold or warm as you want it to• Defroster taking way too long to clear front windshield and side windows• Rear defroster not clearing rear window• U ... read more

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