Should I Buy An Aftermarket Performance Chip Or Tuner?

This one is a no-brainer. The answer is – ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Car manufacturers today have the best technology available when they design their products. When you purchase a new vehicle, you can rest assured that it is optimized to be as performance friendly as possible. There is only one way to enhance performance above what the manufacturer has provided and that is to cheat on emissions.

Clearly, this is nothing that any of us want and you definitely don’t want to be putting more chemicals into the air for us to breathe. Another reason to avoid purchasing one of these aftermarket devices is that they are frankly bad for your engine. Engines are computer created, computer controlled and computer tuned nowadays. You introduce one of these gizmos and every parameter of your engine is changed. How long do you think it will last if it’s being told to work harder that it’s designed to?

Whatever kind of vehicle or engine you have, come in and have us check it out and see if you need a tune up! 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!

It’s OK If You Overinflate A Little

Often, in the cold weather, if your car has a tire pressure warning indicator, it will come on, notifying you that your tires have fallen below the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure. For most of us, this is about 33 PSI. If you go to the local convenience store or service station to use one of the self-serve tire pumps, don’t sweat it if you go over a bit. In fact, it may actually be a good thing.

In Vermont we can have wild temperature swings in the transition from winter to spring. Some years it feels like we skip spring altogether and go straight to July! With all these fluctuations in temperature, you can be assured that your tires are fluctuating the pressure within them as well, and it will almost certainly go down some. So if you put air in your tires and the guage says 35 PSI, don’t let that air out! Keep it in, because I doubt you will be checking the tire pressure five times a day.

If your tires look bald or are having slow leaks, or are just plain old, come in and see us for an evaluation of your tires! 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 AC Puts Out Mist!

If you have a somewhat older car and you have been driving it for a few hours on a hot summer day and have been running the AC, you may notice mist coming out of the vents. No, you have not been transported to the realm of Harry Potter! You probably have an AC compressor clutch that is on its way out.

The good news is that the mist is not steam from your coolant being put into the air. What it is is that moisture collects on humid days around the air compressor clutch and when it click on, the moisture becomes fog, just like it does around the Golden Gate Bridge!

If you are noticing that your AC is not putting out the cold that it used to, come in and have us inspect your car’s heating and cooling 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!

New Car Warns Me About Battery After Ten Minutes In Driveway

Let’s say you have a one of the newer model cars, from 2017 or newer. If you have a car with a console that has a lot of computerized features and display screen, you could get a warning from your car after listening to about 10 minutes of radio with your ignition off. This is certainly strange for those of us wh, back in the 80s, would listen to Rush cranked up for a good half our on our in-dash cassette players! What’s the kicker? If you ignore the warning and keep on listening, your car will probably just shut itself off in about another ten minutes.

However, there is a very good reason for this new feature. Many new cars have a push button ignition and many new cars are hybrids. Of course, when hybrids idle, they don’t really make any sound. Let’s say you accidentally pushed the start/stop button twice when you turned off your car. You would have inadvertently left it on, and would have rather quickly run down your car’s battery. This is why you have paranoid car computers when it comes to left on cars!

Come in and see us anytime to have your battery checked, whether you have a hybrid car or not. 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 Hear A Rattle But, No Warning Light Or Code

Usually, when you hear an unfamiliar souns coming from your vehicle, you will notice that one of the dashboard warning lights is on and if you were to connect a diagnostic computer to your car’s data port, you would be given a code that would help you in determining what is wrong with you vehicle. There are, however, instances when your car can make a strange noise yet have no warning light lit up and therefore no code to use to help you determine the problem.

If there is no code or warning light being given by your vehicle, the sound or vibration is usually mechanical in nature. One major cause of an uncoded sound is an issue with the harmonic balancer. This is a pulley that sits on front of the crankshaft and is composer of two metal halves, with a piece of rubber between them. If that rubber slips or rots, it can definitely cause a shaking, or vibrating sound and/or feeling.

If your car is making sounds you are not familiar with, come in and see us. Of course, always come in and see us if your car has one of its warning lights on! 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!

Get Good Parts, Get Good Service

There are so many ads now both on television and online that offer discount auto parts. Often, there are decent, reliable, original equipment quality parts that you can purchase. However, there are also cheaply made after-market parts that can, quite frankly, not only not solve your problem but also put you in a bit of danger, especially if those parts are used for systems such as your brakes, lights or clutch.

It is important to get quality parts to repair your vehicle. That is why, here at Handy’s Service Center, we only use original equipment quality parts, or original equipment parts to repair your vehicle. If your car needs a tune up, you hear a sound that isn’t quite right, or your car wobbles when you drive down the highway, come in and see us, we will find out the problem and repair it with quality parts and stellar service!

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 New Electric Car Is Beeping, Is Something Wrong?

An interesting fact about new electric cars. If you listen close enough, you will hear beeping! And, yep, there’s nothing on the dashboard showing up, and everything seems to be working just fine.

What you have come across is the new Pedestrian Warning sound being required in the United States for electric cars. Why? Well, when electric cars are going at a slow speed, like you may find in many residential and downtown areas, pedestrians may not hear them coming as they look at the Messenger texts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently made it mandatory to have a beeping sound audible at speeds less than 20 miles an hour.

If you have an electric or a gas powered vehicle and you hear any noises coming from it, bring it in and we will tell you if it is something normal or something we should take a look at. 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!

Does It Hurt A Transmission To Put It In Drive If You Are Still Rolling Backwards?

I think we have all been in a car when the driver backs up and before he comes to a complete stop he puts the car into drive and you just wonder if he is wrecking his automatic transmission. Or, maybe you do that yourself!

Given that automatic transmissions are very sophisticated, computer controlled and fluid covered entities, they are pretty resilient beings. If you are going one or two miles per hour, you are probably doing very minimal damage to your transmission. Not really enough to shorten the life of your car. However, it is definitely not good for your transmission. If you are going four to five miles an hour and shift the transmission from reverse into drive, there is a good chance you will be doing significant damage to your automatic transmission over time.

If you have an automatic transmission, make sure you come to a complete stop before changing direction, either way. Doing so will ensure that you get the maximum life out of your transmission and help make sure your car stays on the road as long as it can.

If your transmission is leaking or making sounds, 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!

Why Radar Detectors Are More Annoying Than Useful

In many places the use of radar detectors is illegal and therefore you are not allowed to use them. However, even if they were legal everywhere there is a very good reason why you probably wouldn’t want to use one anyway. That reason is: false alarms!

It’s true. There are so many things on the road nowadays, and specifically in cars and perhaps even YOUR car, that would cause a radar detector to beep and chirp and give a false alarm. Among the technological wonders that can set off a radar detector are parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. All of those can and most likely will set off a false alert. Given how many new cars are on the road, it goes from being an annoyance to sounding like you are driving in a video game from the eighties!

Whatever your drive, don’t speed and don’t forget to keep your car up to speed by having Handy’s Service Center check its safety features and tires. Come in for a checkup and stay safe 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!

If You Give Your Teen A Car, Make It An Ugly One

So your kid is turning sixteen or seventeen and he or she has been begging you for some wheels. After months of unrelenting pleading you finally give in and say you will buy them something. But what should it be?

Perhaps the best advice would be to get your kid something that is both safe… and ugly!

The safe part goes without saying. You want your kids to be safe and you want them to survive their first accidently, which statistically they ARE going to get into!

You might ask, why ugly? The reason is simple. If you give your kid a status symbol, like a Mercedes or Corvette, right off the bat, it will give them the illusion that they have made it and are successful. Help them work towards their goals of success by letting them experience a ride but hunger for something just a little better. And whatever ugly duckling of a ride you choose, make sure to bring it in to Handy’s for regular maintenance!

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!