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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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5 Reasons Why You Should Trust Your Vehicle Fleet with Simard Automotive

5 Reasons Why You Should Trust Your Vehicle Fleet with Simard Automotive

We service many fleet vehicle accounts at Simard Automotive. Local businesses and civic services throughout the Fairbanks region count on our shop for regular maintenance and repairs. When you have a fleet of commercial vehicles that needs dependable care, you can count on Simard Automotive. Here are 5 reasons why you should trust Simard Automotive’s fleet management services: 1. Proven ExpertiseSimard Automotive repair technicians and service professionals are ASE Certified. Our two Fairbanks auto repair facilities feature the latest equipment and can handle fleets of all sizes. Whether you have service trucks, vans, company cars or delivery trucks, we have all of your automotive repair and maintenance needs covered. 2. Fleet Account Pricing Depen ... read more

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About the Warranty Programs at Simard Automotive

About the Warranty Programs at Simard Automotive

At Simard Automotive, we stand behind our work. We want our customers to know they can feel comfortable and confident that the repairs performed are done right. That's why we offer two different warranty programs to suit your auto repair and maintenance needs, no matter what type of vehicle you own. NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty Most parts and labor at Simard Automotive are backed by the 24-month, 24,000-mile NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty. As a certified NAPA AutoCare Center, our shop belongs to a nationwide network of over 14,000 NAPA-certified repair shops throughout the United States. The ... read more

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Learn More About the Simard Automotive Arctic Maintenance Schedule

Learn More About the Simard Automotive Arctic Maintenance Schedule

When you live in a place like Fairbanks or the surrounding Alaska communities, you can expect the environment to be quite a bit harsher on your car, truck or service vehicle. We have short summers and long winters with unpredictable weather and tough road conditions. You need good maintenance to keep your vehicle running great throughout it all, which is why you need Fairbanks' own Simard Automotive on your side. Simard Automotive has two auto shop locations in Fairbanks and we service all types of vehicles. We offer what we call the Arctic Maintenance Schedule, which is designed specifically for Alaska's unique driving conditions. Around here, regular factory recommended maintenance won't suffice. Your vehicle needs special care and attention throughout the year. The Simard Automotive Arctic ... read more

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