Trucks Will Never Have Great Gas Mileage

You would think with all of this technology and research and development going on that someone would find a way to make trucks more fuel efficient. In fact, many people jump for joy when they see their new truck will get 16-18 mpg on the highway. Then they take a moment and think, wow, my friend who just bought a Corolla is getting 32 mpg. What gives?

That being said, trucks are slowly improving their fuel efficiency. Back in 2008 the Ford F-150 was only bragging about 14 mpg on the highway. Today it is up to the industry standard of 16-18 mpg. The bottom line is that with a truck you are moving around a lot more metal and components than you are with a sedan or even an SUV.

Whatever you drive come in and make sure your fuel filter is clean. That is one way you can make sure you are getting the best fuel economy out of your vehicle, truck or car! 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 Autonomous Intelligent Driving?

This is a new technology that made its first appearance at the Web Summit 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. What this technology does is to fuse Artificial Intelligence (AI) with multiple sensors to create a self-driving automobile. The industry is working on quite a short deadline. They want to be able to produce completely self-driving cars by the year 2021. Fortunately, the technology for this is not too far off.

There are, of course, concerns that self-driving cars will cause lots of accidents and many of them perhaps tragic. No technology is perfect and we have all heard stories of self-driving cars being involved in fatal crashes more often than we would like.

What do you think about self-driving cars? Would you be comfortable in one? For now, bring your car that you drive in yourself and we will make sure it’s inspected and ready for the rest of our Vermont winter! 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 Can’t Reach My Lug Nuts, The Cover Is Stuck!

Lots of folks don’t like the idea of having their lug nuts showing as they are not very stylish. Lots of folks also take care of this issue by buying chrome lug nut covers that hide the lug nuts and make the wheel look much better.

The problem is that these covers are very thin and they can rust out easily and get stuck on the lug nut making it impossible to remove the lug nuts when you need to change or rotate tires. There is a fix for this!

Since the lug nuts are very thin you can use a screwdriver or chisel to break away the lug nut covers and access your lug nuts. If you really want you can purchase new lug nut covers to replace the old ones and keep the stylish look of your wheels!

If you have any rim or tire issues, come in and see us. We will help you keep your tires in tip top roadworthy shape. 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 Are There Inches And Millimeters In Tire Sizes?

If you have ever bought tires, and believe me most of us have, you may have noticed that the width of the tire is stated in millimeters but the hole in the middle of the tire is described in inches. This may at first not be noticed but once you think about it, why not be consistent and either use English measurements or metric?

The answer has to do with two different factors. One is that in America we have stubbornly held onto our English measurement system while the rest of the world has gone metric. If you cross the border north into Canada, you will see that everything there, including speed limits, are posted in metric.

The other factor that comes into play is that it is an actual statute that to sell tires in the American market, the hole in the middle of the tire must be described in inches. Voila! There you have the reason for there being multiple measurement systems in our tire sizes.

No matter what kind of tires you drive, come in and see us to make sure they are roadworthy or if they need a rotation! 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!

Low Profile Tires And Things That Go Bump On The Road

OK, so nobody thinks that a station wagon is the sportiest looking thing on the road. We can all agree to that. However, many automakers are trying to convince you otherwise by putting – low profile tires on their station wagon models! These may make mom the coolest mom at the end of soccer practice, but they can also cause some unwanted headaches.

Perhaps the most common complaint we hear about low profile tires is how they amplify every bump in the road. Yes, it is true, since the tires have less air/space in them, they provide much less of a buffer when you go over those potholes and bumps. If you have a bad back, you may want to think twice about that low profile sleek look!

Other than comfort issues, low profile tires are notorious for allowing rims to get bent. That same air/space that keeps you buffered from bumps also keeps the rims protected from gashes and being dented. It all seems a hefty price to pay to look cool!

If you tires, low profile or otherwise, are wearing thin, or your rims look bent, come in and see us, we can get you a new rim and put safe tires on your car! 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!

Have You Seen The Backs Of New Cars?

Design is a wonderful thing! Everybody loves the fresh look of new lines and sharp tones in that latest model release from your favorite auto manufacturer. But, have things gone too far? Is it possible that designers have taken one step too many?

If you look at the back of most new models, you will notice that the tail lights and the rear bumpers are very complexly designed. The use of very noticeable angles, colors and patterns all figure prominently in the design of new cars. However, there is no actual benefit to performance for any of this. For some reason, auto manufacturers believe that a car has to look “complex” and “interesting” to be one that people will want to purchase. Is it true? I guess that’s up for each of us to decide!

if you tail lights are out, or your blinker isn’t working right, come in and see us, no matter how complex the back of your car is designed! 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 Revving Cars Before Parking At Night A Good Idea?

This is one of those myths from long ago that most young people have probably never even heard of. Some old timers may have heard, and may still believe, that revving your car before putting it to rest at night is a good idea. This comes from an old and incorrect adage that carburetors had a “float bowl” that would fill with gas if the engine was revved making it easier to start the car the next morning.

The truth of the matter is that the float bowl, in the old cars that have carburetors, is always full of gas, and revving it does little more than annoy your neighbors! If you have an old car, we’d love to help you keep it maintained as they are a joy to look at and even more of a joy to drive.

If your engine isn’t purring the way it should, or if you think there is something up with your gas lines, 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 Can A VIN Number Tell Me?

Let’s say you are out shopping for a used car and you find one, either from a dealership or an individual. You know that VIN numbers are good to have for a prospective vehicle purchase, but what information can you actually get from one? The answer is – a lot!

A vehicles VIN number is most useful in looking up that vehicle’s build. You can use a VIN number on many Internet sites. Once entered, a VIN number will tell you the vehicle’s specifications. These can include engine size, bed size, transmission, interior specifications and even factory options. You can also get a history of the car’s title through the VIN number, which will tell you if an insurance company owned the car, which likely means it was involved in an accident.

However, be aware that if you do research with a VIN number online, you will probably be charged for any information, and it may not even be complete. If you have any questions about purchasing a new or used 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!

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!