Category Archives: Handy’s Service Center

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!

What Did The New York Auto Show Tell Us This Year?

What an auto show this year in The Big Apple! It has lots of things you’d expect, and a few very interesting surprises!

It turns out that SUVs are back in force, with a 70% share of the market currently. So, of course auto makers are busy rolling out newer and sleeker SUVs, but that’s not the only fare on the plate.

Jaguar showed us its self-driving model, the iPace. This vehicle is being used as a self-driving taxi and Jaguar would like to deploy the 20,000 units it has made by the year 2020.

The other bit news of the show came from Toyota, which is now offering a Corolla – Hatchback! Here we go 70s! There was also the unveiling of a beautiful new Rav 4, which is sure to get a lot of attention this year.

Whatever your ride is, come in and see us for those new spring wiper blades. Last winter’s sand and salt were sure tough on your old ones! 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 Car Has A Start-Stop Feature. Is It Going To Hurt The Engine?

If you have not heard, this is a feature that is very new to purely gas-fueled vehicles. Everyone has been in a hybrid when the engine eerily shuts off at a stoplight, but the same thing happening in a purely gas-powered ride? It seems counterintuitive, like won’t all that starting and stopping of the engine wear down its parts, causing it to fail earlier?

The answer is based on the fact that auto makers these days are very smart, so smart that they wouldn’t introduce a feature that actually hurts your vehicle. Starting systems these days are smooth and sublime, not having the jolts and grinds of the cars of old. So the starting and stopping isn’t going to hurt you or your car.

Look at the bright side, if everyone who has the start-stop feature on their vehicle were to use it, we would reduce vehicle-related air pollution by 3-5%. What’s not to like?

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 Noticed A Coolant Leak, Should I Get That Radiator Sealant?

It happens eventually to every car after so many miles and/or years. You begin to develop leaks. All leaks are bad. Bad for the environment, bad for your car and potentially really bad for your safety. If you see the tell tale green liquid on your driveway and believe, correctly, that you have a coolant leak, you may be tempted to go to your local auto parts store and buy some of that coolant sealant that you add to your cooling system.

We cannot recommend this as the problem may be something the sealant cannot fix at all and even if it does, it would only be temporary. If you notice a coolant leak, or any other type of leak coming from your vehicle, make sure you come in and see us right away. It is necessary for you to find out what’s wrong and get it fixed so you are safe on the road with you and your family.

See a spot on the drive? Call us and make an appointment! 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!

Is It Always Necessary To Use The Parking Brake?

If you park on a flat driveway or surface, you probably don’t NEED to use your parking brake. However, it is generally a good idea to put the parking brake into regular use.

There are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to get into the habit of using your parking brake. One is safety. Not even so much as the safety of keeping the car from rolling down hill should it slip out of gear, but more of the safety you get from keeping the car from rolling over you if you get out and forgot to put the car in Park!

Another reason to use it is that if you rarely use the parking brake the cables may rust and that one time you do use it, it gets stuck and you need to have the car towed.

Have no fear! Many auto manufacturers are resolving this dilemma by having cars automatically apply and disengage the parking brake as needed! 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!

People Becoming Less Afraid Of Self-Driving Cars

We all know they are already here, those self driving cars with nobody behind the wheel. Something we never even imagined in futuristic cartoons like the Jetsons. As of last summer, an overwhelming 78 percent of Americans did not trust and/or were afraid of these vehicles.

In January of this year, all that appears to be changing. In just a few short months, according to a AAA poll, the percentage of those Americans wary of self driving vehicles fell 15 percent! It seems as though the inevitable is being accepted. Soon we will begin to see these vehicles on the road.

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!

Jeeps In New York City

It is an interesting and amusing fact. New York City may be the Jeep capital of the world!

Even though there are few opportunities (OK, almost none!) for off-roading in the city, there seems to be a huge appeal for the off the road, big wheeled vehicles. I’m not exactly sure why but one theory is that they are really good at ignoring all those legendary pot holes that show up everywhere in Manhattan.

If you go back to the 30s and 40s, during the war, the average amount of time a military Jeep would be in service was an astounding – sixty days! I highly doubt the service men and women who rode in those early Jeeps would think that a banker in midtown Manhattan would be cruising down the boulevards in one on a weekend.

If you own a Jeep or any other vehicle, come in and have the wipers looked at, the winter salt can really do a number on them! 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!

Coolant Light On? Could Be A Small Leak

If your coolant light goes on, there is no need to panic. Many times these lights go on when there is just a small leak present. The cooling system has many hoses with clamps and these clamps often get loose over time, especially given how many vibrations the engine chassis takes while running and going along the road.

To test for small leaks, we will run a test where we pressurize your cooling system, get the engine running good and hot and then let it sit overnight over a clean mat or space of flooring. In the morning, as the system cooled, we will see where the small leaks are located by what is on the floor when we arrive.

IF your coolant light is on, be sure to make an appointment to come in and see us to determine the cause. 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!

Why Is My Gas Mileage Getting Worse?

As our cars get older, our gas mileage tends to get worse. Much like the way our computers tend to take longer to start up the older they get. Our computers may have fragmented hard drives, but our cars almost certainly have diminished compression. Over time the compression power of our engine’s cylinders diminish due to extended use. They literally no longer pack the punch they once had. This is something that is normal and there isn’t much you can do about it other than get a new engine.

Other causes of worsening gas mileage are things like bad thermostats. If the thermostats are stuck open, then the engine never gets up to full operating temperature and that will affect gas mileage performance. This is something we can easily fix for you.

Among the more expensive reasons why you are losing gas mileage can be a partially or completely plugged catalytic converter. This device also plays a role in getting you to pass inspection in many states. We can help you determine if yours is functioning adequately.

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!