Category Archives: Handy’s Service Center

My Grandparents Have A 50s Pickup – What’s With the Flat Windshield?

Classic cars are something everyone loves. They have a real sense of Americana and they are just fun to drive. Also, everyone looks and admires them when they travel down the road!

One thing you may notice about classic cars, especially the older ones, is that they have flat windshields that virtually go up and down at a ninety degree angle. They may look really cool but over the years there is a reason why they are not to be found nowadays. Aerodynamics became a big design concern in the late 80s and that is when we began to see less and less of the boxy cars. One could argue that all cars tend to look more alike, but then again, you are saving big at the pumps with less wind resistance. That’s what you get for an angled windshield!

You don’t want a crack longer than a dollar bill in your windshield if you want it to pass Vermont inspection. If you notice a scratch or ding in your windshield, bring it in so we can fix it before it becomes a problem. 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!

Car Seems to Stall Out Every Now and Then

We get this problem frequently. A customer will tell us that their car is running just fine then it stalls out. They start it up again and it runs fine until the next time it stalls out. And the process repeats itself until the customer is fed up and they come and see us.

What can cause this? Many things, but usually the reason for this type of behavior from a vehicle is a bad fuel pump. Eventually, the car just won’t go anymore when the pump is completely done.

If you are experiencing this, bring your car in ASAP. Not only is it frustrating but it can be downright dangerous if you stall out at an intersection or on a busy 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!

I Bought A New Car – But It Has Problems!

Sometimes it happens, you purchase a new vehicle and it just seems to have a never ending list of troubles. This can actually happen more nowadays as cars are becoming more and more like a computer. If there are any electrical gremlins running around in your ride, it could make for a nightmare scenario where it just isn’t worth what you paid for it.

Fortunately states now have lemon laws, which prohibit dealers from selling you a car that is basically no good. If you are experiencing this – even with a used car – consult your state’s lemon laws. We can help if you bring your vehicle in and have us take a look.

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 Can I Get Info About A Used Car?

If you are in the market for a used car, there is a very simple way you can get some basic information about the vehicle. If you get the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) off the dashboard there are many places on the Internet that you can put that number in and get information back. The VIN is located on a metal plate on the dashboard usually front left where the windshield meets the dashboard.

Of course, if you are considering a used car, always feel free to give us a call and bring it in for an inspection. We will give you an assessment of the car’s value and whether or not we find anything substantially wrong with it, which may cause you to give it a pass. Or, you could have found a wonderful ride, and we will be happy to help you maintain it over the years!

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 Dog Likes To Lie Under The Car When It Is Hot

Sometimes our pets will do this in the summertime. There will be the hot July sun beating down and your poor pooch will seek some shade relief, even if that is under the car. We recommend discouraging your pet from using the car as a source of shade. We have heard of too many tragedies resulting from that you-are-late and pull out of the driveway quickly scenario that leaves the animal quickly gone.

What can you do? Best thing is to provide shade elsewhere that your pet can use, a doghouse or a grove of trees could work. Also, if you are cleaning out your car, keep the dog inside so hes not tempted to get used to staying under the car to get out of the hot sun.

Bring your car in as the summer approaches to make sure your coolant is full, you have no leaks and you have plenty of washer fluid for the pollen coming off the trees in the days ahead. 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 A Cam Sensor Error?

We had someone come in and tell us they had been driving around with a Check Engine light on for some time. They went to a local auto parts store who checked the code and told them it was a cam sensor error. He was curious what we thought since his car was running just fine.

This sensor lets the car know if the spark plugs are firing at the exact right nanosecond. This is important for performance and if not fixes will degrade over time. Usually to the point that the car will go into “limp home mode” which is something you do not want, especially if you are two states away from home!

All check engine light errors should be looked at by a qualified mechanic. If yours is on, come in and let us see what’s going on with your vehicle and give you an estimate to get you back on the road safely. 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 Was Stolen And Is Beat Up

This is a nightmare that can happen to any of us. We are away on vacation and someone steals our car and takes it on a joyride or worse, uses it as a getaway vehicle. What should you do?

The first thing you should do is come in and have us look at your vehicle. Hopefully any damage done is not too extensive and we can save your ride and get you back on the streets safely. The most important inspection we will do is that of the frame. It is important that the frame not be cracked and be intact. Frames are things that are basically impossible to repair.

As long as they didn’t jump over ravines or run over a ton of curbs, we should be able to get your car back in 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!

White Smoke From Tailpipe When I Start The Car

This is a sign that your car may have a very serious issue, namely a blown head gasket. Your car’s engine is a high pressure environment and there are seals that keep coolant where coolant belongs, oil where oil belongs and transmission fluid where transmission fluid belongs. I think you get the idea. Over time, the seals that keep everything in place where down and eventually break. This will allow coolant to leak into the cylinders of the engine and vaporize. What does this vaporization look like? White smoke!

So, if you are experiencing this come in and let us have a look. We’ll be up front, you may need to spend upwards of a grand to get your baby fixed. If you love your car and it’s worth it, we can get your head gasket repaired in a jiffy and absolutely correctly.

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’m Going On Sabbatical, Should I Store My Convertible Top Up or Down?

In a college town we have lots of folks going on sabbaticals regularly, and many of them own convertibles. It may not seem like much of an issue but it really does matter whether or not you leave your convertible top up or down when storing it for long periods of time.

The best practice is to store the car with the top up. The top is not only designed to keep out rain and leaves, but also dust and other unwelcome guests, such as mice. Another benefit to storing your convertible with the top up is that it won’t crease. Often, tops kept up for long periods of time will develop a crease. They can be removed, but why go through such a bother?

When you get back from your sabbatical, or trip, bring your convertible in for an inspection to make sure your tires and brakes are safe and running smoothly. 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 Freezing Cold and the Car Won’t Unlock!

It could be a nightmare scenario! You go out to your car after shopping for a couple of hours, it’s been really cold and you can’t turn the key in the lock. What gives?

Well, what is not giving is your linkage, what connects your key to your lock. If this becomes frozen, then you will not be able to open the door. One quick fix for such situations is to spray a little DW-40 into the keyhole, this often frees things up! If you still can’t get into your car, give us a call, we will figure out what’s preventing you from getting into your car and have you moving along happily in no time.

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!