Paint Job? Wrap Job!

As the cost of painting a car continues to increase people have been looking for alternatives when it comes to giving their ride a fresh new look. A good paint job will run you about five thousand dollars. A new alternative is a wrap job, which will cost you about half as much.

What you get is basically a big roll of vinyl that is used to stretch over and cover your vehicle. Perhaps the best news is that you don’t have to be limited to a single color. With vinyl wrap, anything becomes possible and you can have a choice of multi-colored patterns to a traveling advertisement for your business. With large format ink jet printers, it is super easy and very inexpensive to get a custom wrap made. But be warned, to do this right it will take a week!

Come in and see us and let us inspect your current paint job. We will let you know if we see any rust and if you need any chips touched up or areas repainted. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

Brake Fluid Change Every 30,000 Miles?

Most people have not heard of changing their brake fluid as most people conceive of their braking system as a closed one that never has anything coming into it or leaking out of it. This is not entirely the case. As brake pads wear out, air eventually gets into the system to make up for the space of the worn out pads. Over time, this can cause water to condense into the brake fluid as, unless you are in the desert, all air contains water.

Water will corrode brake components which is why it is a good idea to change your brake fluid every 30,000 miles or so. It may be a bit overprotective as some people have cars that have gone 150,000 miles on their original brake fluid without a problem – but why take the chance? Changing it every 30,000 miles insures that you will have a safe, secure and well working brake system. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

Should I Use Synthetic Oil?

This is an important question. If you have a new car, then, yes, you should absolutely use synthetic oil for your oil changes. Many people think that it is kind of optional and many people want to use regular oil as the cost of a synthetic oil change can be much more.

It indeed may be the case that a synthetic oil change is more expensive, but the main reason for keeping with synthetic oil is that it is what newer cars are designed for. The engineers have calculated tolerances and other engineering factors based on the use of synthetic oil. Not only will your car perform better but it will most certainly last longer if you continue to use synthetic oil.

Bring your vehicle in. Older cars on traditional oil should be serviced once every three thousand miles or so. Newer, synthetic oil-based cars can be serviced once every five thousand miles or so. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

Airless Tires Arriving

Michelin is unveiling a new series of tires that won’t be inflated. On top of that, they will actually last for the life of the car. The line is called the Vision line and they will even come with 3D printed treads allowing drivers to easily change back and forth between winter and summer tires – without removing the tires from the car.

Also, Michelin is becoming an environmental star, claiming that by 2048 all of their tires will be made from recycled materials. Bring your car in and let us inspect your tires. We will check the treads, pressure and balance. If you need new tires, we have a great selection at great prices, always installed with a friendly smile! If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

Do More Cylinders Mean More Engine Life?

You love your four cylinder fuel efficient car. It does the job and gets you where you need to go. However, you keep wondering if those folks in the V8 Buick or Lincoln are going to get more life out of their ride. The answer is maybe, and perhaps not for the reason that you think.

All cylinders, regardless of how many there are, rotate at the same speed, they all fire once for every two rotations of the engine’s crankshaft. It would seem that all cylinders are created equal, and they are! The difference is that more cylinders create more torque, which means less wear on components like transmissions.

Today, the efficiency of power transfer within engines has become so refined, that even this torque differential doesn’t mean much for extending engine life. This is why you see big eight cylinder vehicles going the way of the dinosaurs.

No matter how many cylinders you have, bring your vehicle in to have its spark plugs inspected to keep it purring like a kitten. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

Are Touch Screens Too Much?

With the advent of the computer controlled car. Well, let’s call it for what it is, the computer car! Basically every aspect of your car is monitored and/or controlled by the car’s central computer. This means that, yes, you are driving around a sophisticated PC!

This means that you can have lots of functionality literally at your fingertips, and this comes in the form of a touch screen. If cars were all self-driving then such a distraction wouldn’t be, well, a distraction. Of course, some really good ideas and features have come out of this computer centric design. The backup cam is a good start. That feature is universally regarded as great!

However, all the other features can be a major distraction for the driver and there has been an industry backlash to reduce the complicated interfaces that have been appearing on cars.

Whatever you drive, bring it in and we can run a computer check on your vehicle to make sure everything is working optimally. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

Turbo Engines Used To Burn Up, Still True?

It was indeed the case back in the old days that at around 75,000 miles a turbo engine would fail, and in a spectacular cloud of black smoke. This was, of course, something that people would come to mechanics for with great regularity.

The reason this happened was that, over time, the lubricants for the turbo fan would dry up and the turbo fan would overheat. Since then, technology has come a long way and with improvements in design and lubricants, there’s no reason a new turbo engine can’t go 220,000 without an issue.

If you have a turbo engine, or any engine, bring it in to us and let us make sure it’s tuned up properly. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

After Car Warms Up Engine Doesn’t Stall

Back in the old days cars had carburetors, which were flaps that “choked” the engine so the air/fuel mixture going into the engine contained more fuel when the engine was cold. Nowadays everything is controlled by computer and instead of a choke and a carburetor, we have what’s known as an Idle Air Control Valve, which does the same job.

Of course, once your car is warmed up, you won’t need the IAC and your car will not stall. However, if your car is stalling when cold, this is not something you want to wait on. Let’s say you pull out one morning in front of one of those waste control vehicles. Yikes! Not a great time to stall.

If your engine is stalling for any reason, come in and see us for a quick diagnostic and a fair repair price. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

I Have Multiple Warning Lights On. Is My Car Toast?

So you have a good old reliable car. One that has served you well over the years. It still runs and drives great but some warning lights have started to turn on. Does this mean the car is about to be sent to the scrap yard? Not necessarily. Any car will last as long as you maintain it. What does that mean? Short of having the frame bent or the body rusted out, you can pretty much repair and replace anything on a car. So, when a warning light goes on it means that something is not operating within parameters set by the manufacturer. Cars have sophisticated computers that constantly monitor its systems. If something is not registering as expected, a light comes on.

It could be a relatively minor issue that causes multiple lights, like a speed sensor failing. Your Check Engine light would come on as would your Cruise Control warning light. This repair may be a couple hundred bucks to fix. However, it could also be that your catalytic converter is failing and you cruise control unit has gone bad. In this situation, the catalytic converter alone will run you about fifteen hundred bucks.

If you see any warning light come on in your vehicle, it is important that you bring it in to us. We can run a full diagnostic on your vehicle and let you know exactly what needs to be done to get it back safely on the road and how much it will cost. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

My Key Fob Battery Died And I Can’t Get Into Or Start My Car! Help!

Yes, this nightmare scenario can happen! If you notice that your key fob is needing to be closer and closer to your car to work, or that you are having to press the Unlock button multiple times to get the car to open, replace the battery before this situation occurs.

If your fob battery has died, have no fear! There are some ways that you can workaround the dilemma without having to resort to using a brick. xD

Many manufacturers have a temporary key hidden inside the fob. Often there is a place on the driver’s door that has a removable lid, revealing a keyhole. Also, the same goes for the start button. On many models the start button can be lifted to reveal a keyhole to start the vehicle. Other manufacturers allow you to touch the fob to the start button to get the car going.

If you are in this, or any other auto situation, and are not sure what to do, give us a call. At the very least we can bring you a fob battery! If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!