Soucy’s Auto keeps cars running smoothly

9 years ago

HOULTON, Maine — Dan Soucy knows his way around an automobile. So it only made sense for him to open his own auto repair business — Soucy’s Auto Repair and Auto Electronics.

Soucy launched his 54 North Road, Suite B business on Aug. 1, 2011 and enjoyed tremendous success. In fact, Soucy became so busy that he soon realized he needed a bigger facility and relocated to a garage on 212 Bangor Road to expand his business.

“We do a full range of auto repair,” he said. “Anything from changing a spark plug to an engine swap.”

His wife, Erica Soucy, handles all of the business paperwork for the company. Automotive repair is not the only work done at Soucy’s shop. He also specializes in installing automotive electronics, which includes such services as fixing a broken speaker wire, installing back-up cameras and new stereos or putting in a remote car starter.

Repair work has evolved dramatically over his 20-plus years in the business. Check engine lights are some of the biggest reasons people bring their vehicles to mechanics today. That light, however, can mean a myriad of different problems with a vehicle.

“In today’s vehicles, there are hundreds of different reasons for (Check Engine Lights) to come on,” he said. “Without a scan tool, it’s pretty difficult to find the problem. We have one of those here and can help people figure out what is going on with their car or truck.”

Soucy said newer vehicles have so many sensors in them and more are being added on a yearly basis. The most common sensor issues are oxygen sensors, which measure the proportion of oxygen in the gasoline and are used to monitor electronic fuel injection systems and emissions control.

“There’s even a sensor now in some of the newer Chevrolets that measures the temperature of a person’s scalp,” he said.

Soucy’s Auto Repair and Auto Electronics is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 532-3771.