Those Big Wheels Look So Cool. Should I Get Them?

Some of us want to look “boss” when we ride down the road, getting all the looks at our decked out vehicle, which makes sense as our cars are all an extension of ourselves, in a way. What we drive reflects our personality to a certain degree. So, some of us like the look of wide rims!

These wide rims may look cool, and, indeed, in many instances they improve the response of the car when turning but there is a trade-off for this enhanced look and improved turning response.

What you will notice most when you have large rims and low profile tires is that you feel the bumps in the road way more! Also, your tires are more likely to be damaged by pot holes and road debris if they are low profile. If you are interested in large rims, of course we can help you get them!

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 Sways On The Highway

At some point we all experience it. We are driving down the highway at a comfortable clip and then we feel it. The steering wheel seems to develop a mind of its own and gently tugs us this way and that. The good news is, unless you have been in an accident, it is usually an easy fix.

Travels invariably lead us to his small, or large, potholes and/or obstructions in the road. These, over time, make our tires “point” in directions other than truly straight. What our cars need when this happens is an alignment. If you notice your car swaying, bring it in. We will find out what is wrong, usually an alignment, and get things “straightened out” for you!.

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 Saw This “Engine Life Extending” Product At The Convenience Store. Is It Good?

There are many products that are sold at convenience, grocery and other stores that claim to either extend the life of your vehicle’s engine, clean up the fuel, or clean up the engine, etc., etc. The fact of the matter is that there may indeed be a “grain” of truth to their “kernel” of a product – but not so much that I think it is really makes that much of an impact.

What is best for a car then? The best thing you can do for your vehicle is to maintain it! Follow all the manufacturer’s recommendations for fluid changes and tune-ups. Keeps your tires in good condition, aligned and rotated and run it on a regular basis. Come in to see us and let us help you actually keep your vehicle’s engine’s life extended!

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 Have A Manual Transmission And Roll Backwards Whenever I Park On A Hill

This is something you need to get used to when you have a manual transmission. Once you put yourself in first gear, there is a great chance you will start to roll backwards. The first thought is that there is perhaps something wrong with your clutch. Fortunately, this generally is not the case and you need to be aware of a few things.

A lot depends on two factors, how much you have in the car (weight) and how steep of a hill you are parked on (incline). In many cases the force of gravity will be just enough to make the car start to roll backwards even if you are in first gear. There is a trick you can try to lessen this effect. When you park on a hill turn your wheels toward the curb. This will provide enough extra inertia so that when you do put the car in first it has a much lesser chance of actually rolling backwards.

Bring your car in and let us inspect your clutch and brakes to make sure your car is safe on all hills, regardless of what gear you are in! 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!

Adaptive Headlights – A New Take On An Old Idea

Back in the late ’40s, a vehicle came out, the Tucker 48, it had many features that were innovative back then but that we take for granted today. For instance, it had a shatterproof windshield, a reinforced roof and a padded dashboard. One other feature it had was an additional, central headlight that turned with the direction of the steering wheel.

Interestingly, today we can get the same kind of effect, not in an optional third “eye” but as an option called Adaptive Headlights. These are headlights, which are in the usual position on either side of the grill, but they turn with the steering wheel improving visibility. Come ask us about how your optional equipment is performing and if it needs any 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!

For Off-Roading, What Is A True SUV?

With fuel efficiency becoming ever more important, people are looking to crossover vehicles to satisfy their SUV desires. The problem with crossover vehicles is that they are great to give you and your family a ride to the local State Park, but they are not so great at actually driving off road.

Crossover vehicles, like the Ford Escape or the Toyota RAV4 are really good at helping out in bad driving conditions like rain or snow covered roads. If you want to go real off roading you are better off sticking with your tried and true, your Jeeps, Broncos or Tahoes.

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 Car’s Headrests Are Very Uncomfortable

We hear this a lot from new car owners. They purchase the car of their dream only to find that the headrests make them sit uncomfortably and causes neck and/or shoulder pain. So why are the new headrests so odd?

The main reason for the new headrest design is to keep the driver safe from the effects of whiplash in the event of a sudden stop or change in direction (such as being sideswiped). There are, however, a number of things you can do if the discomfort is too great. Some people choose to put the headrests in in reverse order, so that the front faces to the back. This has solved the issue for many, as long as everyone remembers to wear their seatbelt! Another option is to replace the headrests with others from another car or a third party vendor. Not all headrests are interchangeable, so make sure the one you select will fit your vehicle.

If your car is making you uncomfortable, bring it in and we will help you find the parts necessary to make your ride pleasant. 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 Have A Push Button Start Car, And It’s Not Working, Why?

Most new cars today don’t have a key ignition, they all start with a push button. This is true of gas cars, hybrids and electrics. It used to be just hybrids that had a push button start system. And yes, like everything else on a car, the push button start system can fail too. This leads one to ponder, why?

There are the usual suspects that come to mind, reasons that cause ignition systems not to start whether there is a key or not. These can be anything from a bad battery to a bad starter to a faulty neutral safety switch. However, there is also another reason why the push button switch may not be working. This is the fact that sometimes the fob – the key chain itself – is having an issue communicating with the car letting it know that its you and not someone trying to take off with your vehicle!

if you are experiencing a push button start that is intermittent or not working at all, call us. We will inspect your entire starter system to determine the cause then lay out a plan to get your car working correctly again. 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 Octane All About?

You see it when you fill up and maybe your vehicle calls for a certain number to be part of it before you put gas in your tank. What is it? It is octane! Yes, we are all familiar with the three grades of gasoline that most service stations (including ours) offer. But, what does it mean?

Octane designates, in layman’s terms, the temperature at which the fuel will detonate within an engine’s cylinder. So, you definitely don’t want to use a lower octane gasoline than your car calls for, however there is no benefit to using a higher octane gasoline if your car calls for 87. It’s not a treat, think of it as buying a size 11 shoe when you wear a size 9. Come in and fill up your car with our quality gasoline, and yes, we will tell you which grade your car needs!

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!

In A Pinch I Put Water In The Power Steering

You are on the road and you hear the moaning sound coming from under the hood when you turn the wheel. You’ve been there before and recognize it instantly as a sign of a low power steering fluid level. You pull over and not wanting to burn up your power steering system, you put some water in it to fill it up until you get to a convenience store. How bad of an idea is this?

The answer is that you definitely want to only put the appropriate fluid in your vehicle’s systems. If you have had to put water or any other fluid in your car that is not optimal, come in and see us. We will flush out the system, inspect it for damage, make any necessary repairs and fill the system with the correct fluid. Also, stop by anytime to have us check your fluid levels making sure your car is working properly and not leaking anything into the environment or other parts of the 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!