8 Ways To make Your Car More Eco-Friendly

Posted September 22nd, 2017 by admin and filed in Uncategorized

Terry Winter Auto Eco-Friendly Automotive Tips

1. Fill Under-Inflated Tires

Tires that are under-inflated don’t roll as efficiently as fully inflated ones, so your engine has to work harder to move your car. Maintaining correct tire pressure is one of the easiest things you can do to boost fuel economy.

2. Remove Extra-Weight

Unload extra stuff and only keep the essentials in your car. The fuel savings over thousands of miles will make a difference.

3. Fill Up The Right Way

The way you put fuel in your car actually makes a difference. When topping off your tank with that little extra after the nozzle shuts off, you increase the chance of harmful vapors escaping your tank or a fuel spill.

4. Maintain The Radiator

Engines have an ideal operating temperature in order to be most efficient. Have your car checked by a technician if the temperature gauge on your dashboard falls anywhere but in the middle.

5. Fix The Fuel System

The fuel system is made up of a fuel pump, fuel filter, fuel lines and fuel injectors. If any of these components are faulty or in need of maintenance, you will have reduced fuel efficiency.

6. Check The Emissions System

Your car’s emissions system cleans and minimizes exhaust fumes. Fortunately, your car will usually let you know when there is a problem by illuminating the Check Engine light. This must be diagnosed immediately to keep your gas mileage up and make sure your car is not polluting.

7. Get Regular Tune-Ups

Making sure your car is properly tuned will make it more fuel efficient and reduce emissions. Follow your manufacturers recommendations of ideal tune up intervals.

8. Drive Smarter

Even if your car is in perfect working order, the way you drive makes a huge difference in fuel efficiency. Avoid aggressive driving, rapid acceleration or excessive idling. Use your cruise control when possible.

Summer Safety Road Trip Tips

Posted June 26th, 2017 by admin and filed in Uncategorized
  • Always keep at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle.
  • Check all fluids, including oil, antifreeze, transmission, brake, power-steering fluids and windshield solvent.
  • Make sure your wipers work and that the blades get replaced periodically.
  • Frequently check tires for pressure and air. Not only are properly inflated tires safer, they give you better fuel mileage and longer tire life. Make sure your spare tire is properly inflated and ready in case you need it.
  • Make an appointment for an inspection. Clean air filters and new spark plugs mean better gas mileage.
  • Have your tires rotated. While you’re at it, have the wheel alignment checked. Potholes can affect wheel alignment. This not only causes handling problems, but tires wear out faster.
  • Let someone know where you’re going, what time you’re leaving and when they can expect you – especially when you’re driving through isolated areas. Take a map and cell phone with you.

IF YOU BECOME STRANDED:

  • Call for roadside assistance.
  • Stay in your vehicle. That’s where you’re safest. You can be injured if you exit your vehicle on busy roads. Emergency crews can find your vehicle a lot easier than they can find you alone.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the exterior of the vehicle.
  • Keep the doors locked. If strangers approach, roll the window down just enough to ask them to get help.

Communicate For Better Automotive Service

Posted May 17th, 2017 by admin and filed in Auto Industry Experts

When you think about it, you know your car better than anyone else. You drive it everyday and know how it feels and sounds when everything is right. So don’t ignore its warning signals.

Use all of your senses to inspect your car frequently. Check for:

  • Unusual sounds, odors, drips, leaks, smoke, warning lights, gauge readings.
  • Changes in acceleration, engine performance, gas mileage, fluid levels.
  • Worn tires, belts, hoses.
  • Problems in handling, braking, steering, vibrations.

Note when the problem occurs.

  • Is it constant or periodic?
  • When the vehicle is cold or after the engine has warmed up?
  • At all speeds? Only under acceleration? During breaking? When shifting?
  • When did the problem first start?

Professionally run repair establishments have always recognized the importance of two-way communications in automotive repairs.

Once you are at the repair establishment, communicate your findings.

  • Be prepared to describe the symptoms.
  • Resist the temptation to suggest a specific course of repair. Just as you would with your physician, tell where it hurts and how long it’s been that way, but let the technician diagnose and recommend a remedy.

Communicate with the service advisor for best results.

  • Ask as many questions as you need. Do not be embarrassed to request simple definitions of technical terms.
  • Don’t rush the service writer or technician to make an on-the-spot diagnosis. Ask to be called and apprised of the problem, course of action and costs before work begins.
  • Before you leave, be sure you understand all shop policies regarding labor rates, guarantees, and acceptable methods of payment.
  • Leave a telephone number where you can be called.

A Little Warning Light Can Go A Long Way!

Posted November 30th, 2016 by admin and filed in Diagnostics

A little light can go a long way, especially when it’s telling you important information about your vehicle. If any light turns orange and red, it means you should have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible. Use the guide below for more tips.

1. Temperature Gauge/Light – Indicates the temperature of your vehicle’s coolant. A reading in the “H” zone of any light means “HOT” and is an indication of trouble. Should you receive this notice, pull over to a safe location, shift into neutral (N) and allow the engine to idle. Do not continue to drive if the temperature does not return to normal or the “HOT” light stays on.
2. Service Engine Soon (SES) Light – This may also be called the Malfunction Indicator Light and is part of the Onboard Diagnostic System, which maintains the Emissions and Engine Control System. Normal operations may show this light briefly when the ignition is turned on. If the light remains on during driving, there may be a potential engine problem. If that’s the case, be sure to seek service promptly.
3. Voltage Gauge/Battery Light – This light indicates the electrical system’s voltage when the engine is running. Service is required if the battery light comes on or if the pointer moves to either “HIGH” or “LOW”, indicating too much or not enough voltage.
4. Oil Gauge/Light – Indicates oil pressure, not the amount of oil in the engine. A continuous “HIGH” or “LOW” gauge reading indicates an engine lubrication issue and the need for immediate service. If the oil light stays on after you start the engine or comes on while you’re driving, you could be low on oil or have another problem, so be sure to have your vehicle serviced immediately.

 

Put The Brakes On Mystery Noises

Posted October 20th, 2016 by admin and filed in Brakes

We’ve all been there – certain circumstances often cause us to ignore a troubling sound, odor, or sign of wear on our vehicles. Whether it’s finding time in your schedule or funds in your checkbook, it’s easy to put off maintenance or repairs, but that can lead to more expensive work down the road. Here are five examples of vehicle maintenance alerts and repairs you should not delay:

1. Squeaking/squealing brakes

Built-in indicators on disc brake pads warn when they’re worn, and ignoring them could lead to more expensive brake repairs. Catch ’em early and you might just get away with replacing only the pads.

2. Vibrating/pulsing brakes

In addition to the squealing brake pads, you might feel a slight vibration or pulsing when you press the brake pedal. It’s a probable indicator that the brake rotors are beginning to warp. Servicing them right away might require only
less-expensive machining. If the warping gets too severe, the rotors will have to be replaced.
3. Battery/charging light

Has the battery/charging light come on intermittently lately? If so, it could indicate a problem with the alternator’s ability to charge the battery. Have it checked right away, because if the alternator dies while you’re driving, the battery will soon follow – and you could be stranded, while adding a towing charge to your repair.

4. Low coolant level

Has the low-coolant light been on in your car? Don’t ignore it. An engine that’s low on coolant has a much greater risk of overheating, which can severely damage the engine. Topping off the coolant is easy and inexpensive. Visit us if you’re unsure about adding coolant, and ask us to inspect the system for leaks.
5. Timing Belt

Check your Owner’s Manual for the recommended replacement interval for the engine’s timing belt. Having it replaced is one of the more labor-intensive and therefore costly maintenance procedures, but risking the belt breaking could cost much more. For one thing, you’ll never know when it will break, which could strand you and incur towing charges. And on some engines a broken belt can cause severe – and expensive – engine damage.

Give us a call.

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center
239-939-2500
3811 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901

Don’t Wait – 5 Repairs that Can Cost More Later

Posted August 4th, 2016 by admin and filed in Brakes, Car Care Tips, Maintenance, News

We’ve all been there – certain circumstances often cause us to ignore a troubling sound, odor, or sign of wear on our vehicles. Whether it’s finding time in your schedule or funds in your checkbook, it’s easy to put off maintenance or repairs, but that can lead to more expensive work down the road. Here are five examples of vehicle maintenance alerts and repairs you should not delay:

1. Squeaking/squealing brakes

Built-in indicators on disc brake pads warn when they’re worn, and ignoring them could lead to more expensive brake repairs. Catch ’em early and you might just get away with replacing only the pads.

2. Vibrating/pulsing brakes

In addition to the squealing brake pads, you might feel a slight vibration or pulsing when you press the brake pedal. It’s a probable indicator that the brake rotors are beginning to warp. Servicing them right away might require only
less-expensive machining. If the warping gets too severe, the rotors will have to be replaced.

3. Battery/charging light

Has the battery/charging light come on intermittently lately? If so, it could indicate a problem with the alternator’s ability to charge the battery. Have it checked right away, because if the alternator dies while you’re driving, the battery will soon follow – and you could be stranded, while adding a towing charge to your repair.

4. Low coolant level

Has the low-coolant light been on in your car? Don’t ignore it. An engine that’s low on coolant has a much greater risk of overheating, which can severely damage the engine. Topping off the coolant is easy and inexpensive. Visit us if you’re unsure about adding coolant, and ask us to inspect the system for leaks.

5. Timing Belt

Check your Owner’s Manual for the recommended replacement interval for the engine’s timing belt. Having it replaced is one of the more labor-intensive and therefore costly maintenance procedures, but risking the belt breaking could cost much more. For one thing, you’ll never know when it will break, which could strand you and incur towing charges. And on some engines a broken belt can cause severe – and expensive – engine damage.

If your vehicle is making an unusual sound or has provided an alert, don’t wait to schedule an appointment as the problem may get worse as time goes on. Call us at 239.939.2500 to schedule a service appointment or inspection today!

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center
239-939-2500
3811 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901

Automotive Guide for Fort Myers: Serpentine Belt System Wear

Posted December 31st, 2015 by admin and filed in Serpentine Belt

The primary job of the serpentine belt is to provide vital traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at ideal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded with a dead battery.

In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all of the accessories it powers leading to premature wear and possible early replacement. When as little as 5% of belt material is lost, the serpentine belt cannot provide the proper traction for the accessories. Your honest Terry Wynter Auto Service Center service advisor can review your belt for excessive wear and replace your serpentine belt system if it’s excessively worn.

Give us a call

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center
239-939-2500
3811 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901

Automotive Guide for Fort Myers: Timing Belt Overview

Posted December 30th, 2015 by admin and filed in Timing Belt

In your engine, valves over each combustion chamber open to allow fresh air in, close during the combustion event, and then other valves open to let out the exhaust. All of this happens over and over thousands of times a minute. The timing belt’s essential job is to make sure that all of this happens as it should – at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine won’t run efficiently or maybe not at all – so a good timing belt is essential. If it should break, you could have expensive engine damage.

Ask your honest Terry Wynter Auto Service Center tech when your timing belt is scheduled for replacement.

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Terry Wynter Auto Service Center
239-939-2500
3811 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901

The Terry Wynter Auto Service Center Auto Report: Wiper Blade Options

Posted December 18th, 2015 by admin and filed in Windshield Wipers

Wiper blades are critically important to Fort Myers drivers for good driving visibility and safety. When it’s time to replace your wiper blades, there are a number of different wiper blade designs and grades. Fort Myers car owners should always use at least the design or grade that came with their vehicle.

If you live in Florida where there is a lot of wet weather, flying insects, or do a lot of highway driving, you may want to upgrade to a more advanced design or premium quality wiper blade. Your honest Terry Wynter Auto Service Center service professional can share the options available for your vehicle and help you decide which wiper blades are prime for you.

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Terry Wynter Auto Service Center
239-939-2500
3811 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center Smart Car Care Videos: Alignment Inspection

Posted December 3rd, 2015 by admin and filed in Alignment

Uneven tire wear, the auto pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for Fort Myers car owners that their wheels may be out of alignment.

When doing an alignment inspection, the tech will check your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He’ll also compare your current alignment with the auto maker’s settings.

Your vehicle owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal driving. If you have been in crash, hit a curb/pothole, frequently drive off-road around Fort Myers, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your Terry Wynter Auto Service Center service specialist complete an important alignment check.

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Terry Wynter Auto Service Center
239-939-2500
3811 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901