Detroit Coming Back To Life

It has been many years since Detroit was a place you actually wanted to visit. However, with the advent of some new technology, you can see cranes again in downtown Detroit! What caused this rebirth? Self-Driving Cars!

Yes, the technology that has enabled the birth of self driving cars has also enabled the rebirth of downtown Detroit. Among the companies taking part in this rebirth are Lear Corporation and May Mobility, both giants in the race for developing self-driving cars.

If you are interested in learning more about self-driving cars or are you interested in learning more about the condition of your old fashioned human-driven 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!

Beware Hurricane Car Deals

Given that hurricanes Harvey and Irma have flooded and destroyed hundreds of thousands of cars, you can bet that some of those cars’ owners are going to be looking for a way to recover some of their losses. One of those ways is to try to sell the car.

It is not always easy to tell if a car has been damaged by a flood, it could look absolutely perfect from the outside once it has been cleaned up. So, what are some things to look for to tell if the car has been in a major flood? The clearest way to tell a car is junk is to check the title. If the car has what is called a Salvage Title it means that the car has been declared a total loss.

However, if you notice things like speakers that do not work, that is a very good sign that the cone was underwater and destroyed. If you are thinking about buying a used car, give us a call for some pointers. 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 To Check Before That Last Summer Trip

So summer is winding down and you have that last road trip of the summer planned. What should you do first? Bring your vehicle in to us so we can make sure it’s safe for the ride!

Among other things, we will carefully look at all of the following:

Cooling System
Tires
Steering and Suspension
Change the Oil
Check the Air Conditioning System
Check the Tranny

Once we complete our multi-point inspection you can be sure your car will be safe and secure for your last trip of the summer. If anything needs work, we will let you know and provide you with an estimate. 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!

Some Cars Still Last Longer Than Others

Yes, we all know that auto manufacturing has seen amazing improvements over the past 30 years and American models can keep up with their Japanese counterparts when it comes to durability and longevity. Yet, why is it that Toyota, year after year, takes the top spots in Consumer Reports reliability polls?

The answer comes down to engineering. Let’s face it, if you look at a Camry, it’s not going to win any awards for super style or super performance. This was intentional! Toyota decided to put all its engineering efforts into designing cars that would last long and be reliable. Part of this is engineering parts that have very, very small tolerances. or the space between parts. This means that they don’t bang against each other as much when the engine is spinning at thousands of times a minute.

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 I Absolutely Have To Leave My Dog In The Car, What Should I Do?

This is a question we get often in the summer. You are going out with your pet and you have to go into a store, say to pick up some paint, and you are worried about leaving your dog in the car. What can you do?

Well, there is a relatively safe way to deal with this issue. Clearly, you never leave a dog in a car with the windows up or even cracked. There is an option though. That is to purchase a doggie crate that will keep them locked in, so they do not run off or get stolen. Also, make sure you COMPLETELY open all the windows and hatchbacks that there are. Give your dog plenty of water, too. All of this combined with parking in the shade will ensure that your pet is safe while you are momentarily engaged in some other business outside of your home – and your home is always the best place for your pets.

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 Would Keep An Air Flow Sensor To Constantly Need To Be Replaced?

I heard from a friend that lived out of state that their air flow sensor kept needing to be replaced. Having me as a friend who happens to be a mechanic, he asked what could cause it. He had taken it to different shops where he lives and they all replaced the sensor just to have it fail over and over again. He happened to be on his third sensor.

Did he just have the worst luck in the world, to get three bum sensors in a row? The answer, I told him, was probably not! There is something called blow-by. This is when there are small leaks in the seals around the pistons and oil escapes and is sent through to where the air flow sensor lives. This causes it to get coated and eventually it will fail, not being able to “sense” anything. Unfortunately, this could mean an engine rebuild may be in the works and it may be time to look for a new (or newer) vehicle.

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!

Could Electric Cars Get Longer Ranges?

Electric cars are great for the environment and really quiet! But, the downside is that their batteries don’t let you go very far without a recharge, unless you get a very expensive model. That could all change soon. You have heard of solid state drives for your computer that improve performance? Well, now there are solid state batteries being developed which will allow for much longer driving ranges and encourage more people to buy and drive electric cars.

If you have an electric car or a hybrid, come in and have us check out your battery to make sure it is fit for the rest of the summer and the upcoming winter months. 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 Gas Mileage Seems To Be Better In The Summer

A customer remarked the other day that her mileage was 3-4 mpg better in the summer time than in the winter, according to her car’s computer. She asked, why? The are a couple of reasons why that happens. For one, your engine runs less efficiently when it is cold and that alone will make your winter mileage slightly worse.

Another factor is that in the winter, we are more often inclined to take many short trips and do less walking which lowers gas mileage averages just as in the summer we are inclined to take longer trips on the highway which increases gas mileage averages.

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 Sound In My Steering Column Only On Hot Days

Occasionally you get a customer that has an issue you rarely come across, like doctors have patients with really rare diseases at times. One such incident occurred when a customer noticed a sound coming from their steering column, but only on hot days! It turns out that sounds which can only be heard on hot days are often due to expansion. For instance, plastic parts may wear over time and then when the temperature gets hot enough they expand enough for the parts to touch, making a sound when, say, the steering wheel is turned right or left.

If you notice any sounds you are not familiar with at any time on your vehicle, bring it in and have us check it out to make sure you are safe and sound. 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 Often Should I Change Synthetic Oil?

This is a question we get frequently. Most new cars come with synthetic oil in the crank case and most people are used to having their oil changed every 3000 miles, which is great if you are using conventional oil in your engine. However, like most things, there is a history behind oil changes.

Back in the day, when combustion engines were new, it was recommended that you actually change your oil every 1000 miles. Then, as engines became better designed and more efficient, it became 3000 miles. Since synthetic oil has a much slower rate of decay, 10,000 miles is the new standard. If you are really cautious and want to err on that side, you could get your synthetic oil changed every 7500 miles.

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!