I Changed My Car Battery, Digital Odometer Still Has Right Mileage

You may have noticed this interesting little aspect of modern vehicles. If you disconnect all the power from the car, the odometer still displays the correct mileage when you put the new battery in. How does ths happen? Does my odometer have a mini battery of its own?

The answer is that your odometer does not have a battery of its own, instead it has a technology known as PROM. This stands for Programmable Read-Only Memory. It is like a flash drive that you can only record onto and never edit or delete. For example, if you have a flash drive, it keeps the information on it even when it is not plugged into a computer. Same thing. Except you cannot edit or delete the odometer, which keeps us all honest.

If your car needs a new battery, come in and see us. We can also test your battery to see how much life is has in it so you can replace it before needing a jump. 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 Tells Me My Tire Pressure Is Too Low, But It’s A New Tire!

This happens frequently. You are driving and suddenly you notice that the tire pressure light has come on. Your car is a smart car and tells you which tire is too low. You are told that the front driver’s tire needs air. You stop at the next gas station you find and go to pump up that tire. Only you discover that the tire is fine, it is at pressure and doesn’t need any air. You turn your car back on and notice the tire pressure light is no longer on. You go about your day wondering what that could have been.

A few days later you notice that the tire pressure light is back on again and it’s the same tire. Same thing happens again. You go to fill it up and it is fine. You are frustrated. What could be going on? Well, the most likely explanation is that your tire pressure sensor is not working anymore. The best thing to do is get it replaced with the right one for your vehicle. Fortunately, we can help you with that. If you notice any tire pressure issues, come in and see us, we will figure out what’s going on and fix it. 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 Don’t New Cars Have Yellow Fog Lights?

Maybe you haven’t noticed, maybe you have. If you have been paying attention and are old enough to remember those seventies and eighties cars that had the yellow fog lights, you may begin to wonder whatever happened to them as fog lights have no color whatsoever anymore.

Perhaps the reason for this was that yellow fog lights look really cool. The scientific fact is that yellow light or white light really makes no difference in terms of visibility for for lights. Fog is droplets of water and the color of light you shine through them is going to be stopped by them more quickly or more slowly depending on how dense the fog is. Whatever color your fog lights are, come in and have us check out your car’s safety features as you don’t want to be on the road at night or in the fog and have a bulb go out. 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 Don’t Convertibles Have Four Doors?

You would love to get a convertible to drive your family around in. But, the big problem is that they are always two doors and if they have a back seat its minuscule and barely big enough for luggage. Why can’t you find a four door convertible? Wouldn’t that make it so easy to take the family for a sun-filled Sunday ride?

The reason why you will never find a four door convertible is that there is no B-pillar in a convertible. What is a B-pillar? Well, with your standard four door sedan, there are three structural pillars in the body of the car. The first is at the point where the windshield meets the roof of the car. The B-pillar is the one in the middle, between the front and back seats. The C-pillar is the one at the back of the car. Of course, with a soft roof, there is nothing for a structural B-pillar to connect to, so you cannot structurally have a four door convertible!

However many structural pillars your car may have, come in and see us to make sure your car is ready for the summer and your a/c is charged and ready to go. 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!

Were The Cars Of Yesteryear Giving You A Smoother Ride?

I hear a lot of people coming in and saying that compared to the cars they drove back in the 70’s and 80’s, the new cars they drive cause them to feel every bump in the road. Someone told me they missed the ride of their Cadillac from that era, compared to the ride of their new Nissan Maxima.

It is true that back in the 70’s GM was know particularly for it’s mushy suspension. The large engines of those days also helped make things cushy as they had to do little work to move the car down the road. One of the main reasons cars are noisier today is for that very reason, we have smaller engines in our cars and they need to work a bit harder to get us where we need to go.

If you think your car’s engine is running a bit too loud, even for a new car, come in and see us! You may need a tune up or just some new spark plugs to make your car a little more quiet. 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 Better To Hand Wash Your Car?

So let’s say you and your partner decide it is time to clean the car. How should you do it? Would it be better to hand wash it or take it to one of the automatic car washes?

The answer is that, unless you are using steel wool, it is better to wash your car by hand. The brushes at automatic car washes are harsher on your car’s finish and can lead to scratches and a loss of finish over time. Washing your car by hand is much gentler on your car’s exterior and also allows you to do a better job. Those large brushes make very general sweeps over your car’s exterior, hand washing let’s you clean the entire surface of your car.

If you’d like us to take a look at your car’s exterior, to see if you need a paint job or a waxing, we’d be happy to help you out! 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!

Will A Phone Charger Affect My Car Battery?

A lot of people wonder, if they connect their phone charger to their car, is it going to have a negative effect on their car’s battery. The answer is – no! A car phone charger typically uses about one amp of power. Car batteries tend to last about five years and you can even leave your phone charger plugged in all the time as no power is drained if a phone is not connected to the charger.

If you would like to put it into perspective, if you charger has an LED light to let you know it is plugged in, then it will use some power when a phone is not connected, but the amount of power for the whole day would be as much as pulling your car over and putting on your flashers for ten seconds.

If you think it is time for a new battery, or if you are having any electrical problems with your car, please 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 Do My New Car’s Tires Sound So Loud?

This is an interesting phenomenon that people can experience when they purchase a new car. Just because you have a new car doesn’t necessarily mean that everything about it is going to be quiet. Of course, it’s great to not have a lot of sound while you are driving so you can listen to your favorite tunes, but sometimes the tires that are made for your car have some characteristics that can make them louder than other tires.

The reason for this are the rubber formulations used for making the tires. Some formulations make the tire stickier, which is good for off road driving, and some tires and made to be smoother, to allow for better gas mileage. If you find that the tires that came with your car are too loud for your tastes, then come in and see us! We can get tires that give you the driving environment you want! 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!

Cars In Davy Jones’ Locker

Last September, off the coast of St. Simons Island, a cargo ship turned over on its side with an exclusive cargo on board. That cargo was only cars! About 4,200 of them to be exact.

The boat was full of Kias and Hyundais that were headed for the Middle East to be sold. You might ask, why were cars the only cargo on a ship? It’s interesting. This particular ship was designed so that you can drive cars on, ship them halfway around the world, then drive them off!
That easy! All you need are a bunch of people with valid driver’s licenses to do the moving.

You may also think that you could get one heck of a deal if you could lay your hands on one of these new cars. However, the news is not so great. They have all been waterlogged and due to mold and engine damage are completely unusable. The shipping company and the manufacturer’s are going to half to unload them all and junk them, though. Why? Because they all have oil and gas in them and are a significant environmental hazard.

Make sure you avoid getting your car involved in a flood, if at all possible! 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!

This Year’s Consumer Electronics Show Has Some Automatic Cars!

In Las Vegas there has already been a major show of the year. It was the Consumer Electronics Show that showcases new gadgets and technology for consumers. Not surprisingly, cars were part of the spectacle! And what cars they were!

It is very clear now that self-driving cars are going to be here and are going to be here to stay. Perhaps the only question we should be asking is if we are going to be required to drive them or rather, have them drive us!

In addition to self driving cars there was also a self driving shuttle, to take people around resorts, corporate campuses and airports. Perhaps the most interesting new gadget for the auto world was the Smart License Plate. It will literally put the word STOLEN at the top of the plate if the car is reported stolen. This begs the question, will there be a lot of practical jokers?

Whatever you drive, or have drive you, come in and see us for a spring tire check! 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!