My Tire Is Constantly Losing Air But Has No Holes

Let’s say you have a tire that is constantly needing to be pumped up. No matter what, every few days it’s gone a bit flat and you have to stop at the local convenience store and inflate it. One day, you get fed up with having to continually put those quarters in that air pump and you go to your mechanic to get the tire plugged. The surprise is that… there are no holes in your tire! Nothing to plug!

You may wonder what on earth could be the cause of the leak? If it’s not a hole or nail in my tire, what could be causing the continual loss of air? In many cases, the answer could be the wheel itself.

Sometimes it is possible to scrape the side of your wheel against a curb so badly, that it actually dents, or deforms the rim. This causes there to be a small break in the seal around the rim that the tire can’t close, because it no longer fits seamlessly. In this case, you need a new rim and the tire is still probably good to go for another 10,000 miles, at least.

If you notice a tire that is constantly in need of some air, or a dent in your wheel, come in and see us! 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 Back Was So Hot This Summer Against The Car Seat

Cars have become far more comfortable than they were back in the fifties and sixties. Back in those days most car seats were vinyl and you would fry the backs of your legs on the seat if you were wearing shorts in the summer! After those days cloth came along and made the seat a lot more comfortable. However, on summer days, your back can still get super sweaty and uncomfortable on those long drive, even with the air conditioning on.

Fortunately, there is a remedy for this! You can now purchase ventilated seats. They do a great job of keeping air circulated around you body allowing you to cool evenly and not get that annoying sweat mark on your back.

If you do purchase a ventilated seat, we recommend you purchase one where the seat itself is ventilated as well as the back. Here’s to driving in great comfort!

If you have a power or reclining seat that isn’t working property, come in and see us. 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!

First Turn Signal Invented By Female Movie Star

It’s true! The very first turn signal was invented by the actress Florence Lawrence. She was a very successful actress who was able to afford a car, which she loved. She even compared her vehicle to a human being, saying it was just like a person to her.

She called it an “auto-signaling” arm and it was attached to the rear bumper. Through a couple of push buttons installed on the dash board, the arm would be moved side to side to indicate either a right or left turn, based upon the button selected. However, Florence didn’t apply for a patent and her initial version of the turn signal never caught on.

For decades, motorists would use their arm, like someone on a bicycle to signal their turning intentions. It wasn’t until 1929, when Oscar J. Simler invented a device that not only showed the intended turn of a driver, but also lit up a red light when the brakes were deployed!

If your turn signal isn’t working, or you have a turn signal or brake light out, come in and see us! 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!

How Long Will My Prius Battery Last?

Just like the batteries in our phones, the batteries in our car will degrade over time and eventually lose their ability to hold a charge. During that period, the amount of charge that can be held declines as well. It’s just a long slide down to the battery trash heap!

There are cars that can easily go 250,000 miles before they die, and there are Prius batteries we’ve seen go 250,000 miles before they need replacing. Your car will tell you, in any case. A warning light will appear letting you know that your battery is going to need to be replaced soon.

Fortunately, the cost of replacing Prius batteries has come way down. You can get a new one for about three thousand. You could also buy an aftermarket replacement battery for about half of that cost.

So, the answer to the original question is: about 150,000-200,000 miles. That’s how long you can expect your Prius battery to last. 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 Is My Used Car Worth?

We have a lot of customers who just feel it is the right time for a new car. Their car may be running just fine, but it is a decade old or even a few years old and they just want a new ride. So, before they go off to a dealership they casually ask, what do you think my car is worth?

There are two ways to determine your car’s approximate value. One is to go to a site like Kelly Blue Book and look up your car’s trade in value. You should compare that to your car’s private sale value. It may be worth selling your car yourself and taking that cash to the dealership as a downpayment.

Next is to check what price your vehicle is selling for on the current used market. The best ways to do that is to check Craigslist and Cars.com for what similar vehicles are selling for. Once you have the facts, you can then make an informed decision as to what to do with your old ride.

Until you decide to sell your car or trade it in, make sure you see us every 3,000 miles to make sure you get to your next ride safely and surely! 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 Does My Car Require Premium Unleaded?

Many people out there think that if their car “requires” them to use premium unleaded gasoline, that it is some sort of marketing gimmick and they really don’t need to use it. They couldn’t be father from the truth.

The reason certain cars require premium unleaded gasoline is that they have high compression engines. Yes, these are indeed performance engines and you won’t find them in your run of the mill Honday Civic or Ford Fusion.

High compression engines can fire before a regular compression engine because of the higher pressures within the cylinders of the engine. Coincidentally, premium unleaded has a higher ignition point and is therefore adaptable and suitable for high compression engines.

If your car is knocking or pinging, or you are not sure what type of fuel is best for your car, come in and see us. 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 Does “Sport Mode” Mean On My Car?

Many vehicles today come with a little switch on the dashboard that reads “Sport Mode.” However, almost nobody actually knows what it does! Well, you’ve come to the right party and we will tell you.

Basically, Sport Mode gives you a little bit more power, and even more the “feeling” of power. How does it do this? By raising the shift points of your car’s automatic transmission. Let’s say your car is programmed to shift into second gear a 2200 RPM. It may shift into second gear at 2800 RPM if the Sport Mode is engaged. By keeping the car in gear just a bit longer, you get that revved up feeling and the sound that goes along with it. There ya go! Sport Mode explained!

If your car is having any trouble shifting, or if it has been awhile since you had your transmission fluid checked, come in and see us. 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 Traction Control Only For Winter Driving?

This is a question we get quite frequently. People want to know if they should turn off the traction control feature on their vehicles during the warmer months. The answer, in short is, why would you? Sure, the winter with its snow and ice logically seem to be the most compelling reasons to turn on the traction control feature, but there are reasons to have it active in every season.

The summer can bring sudden downpours that can temporarily flood the streets and cause vehicles to hydroplane. That is certainly one instance where having the additional protection of traction control could help a lot. Another time when it is useful is in the fall, when leaves on the road can be as slippery as ice. If you’re not sure if your traction control is working well, or how to engage it, come in and see us. 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 Does A Seized Engine Mean?

You often hear about someone’s engine seizing up, but what does that mean? Usually it means that the mechanical parts inside the engine were rubbing together as they should, but without lubricant. The reason why it is so important to make sure your engine oil levels are adequate is that engines move their parts together very, very fast. This generates a lot of friction and heat, unless you have lubricant. Oil is an amazing lubricant in that it is so slick and slippery, it basically keeps any two parts of anything from creating friction between them.

When you hear that an engine has seized up, it’s not so much that it has simply frozen in place and stopped working, rather than the lubrication drained out, the parts rubbed together and created a modern art sculpture! That’s right, once and engine “seizes” it becomes a permanent molten mess that must be replaced. It’s not like it froze up and needs to be started again. This is why you should always make sure your vehicle has an adequate amount of engine oil and that it is not leaking.

If you have any questions about your car’s engine oil, come in an see us, especially if you are noticing any leaks on the garage floor or driveway. 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 Isn’t Leaking, Fluid Levels Are Fine, Car Is Overheating

Most of the time, when we experience that temperature gauge going into the red, we have known that our cooling system has been leaking fluid and expect, at some point, for that warning to occur. However, sometimes you are sitting at a red light and suddenly the temperature gauge goes red! What could be the cause?

Fortunately, most of the time, the cause for this is a bad cooling fan. When you are moving along, you have air passing through the radiator and engine cooling it constantly. When you are at a stop sign, stoplight or idling, an electric fan, known as the Cooling Fan, kicks in and crates the airflow needed to cool the engine. If you stop moving and the engine heats up, odds are that cooling fan is busted.

If you engine overheats for any reason, come in and see us, we could save your car from having a blown head gasket or worse. 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!