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.

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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

Automotive Tips from Terry Wynter Auto Service Center: When to Replace Your Wiper Blades

Posted November 28th, 2015 by admin and filed in Windshield Wipers

There are several important factors that go into how often Fort Myers drivers should replace their wiper blades. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the faster the blades will wear out – especially if you use them on an icy windshield. Whether it’s a lot of bugs and road grime from Florida expressway  driving or lots of wet weather – your blades get a work out and start to wear.

But your wiper blades break down even when they aren’t used frequently. They are damaged by sunlight and temperature changes as well. The rubber in the blades can dry out and crack and eventually fall apart. Check your wipers: If they’re not doing their important job, have them replaced.

Talk to your Terry Wynter Auto Service Center service specialist about how you drive – we can counsel you on the ideal blades for your needs.

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

Professional Auto Maintenance at Terry Wynter Auto Service Center: Serpentine Belt Overview

Posted November 20th, 2015 by admin and filed in Serpentine Belt

Your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some vehicles it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some autos have two serpentine belts.

The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory drive system.

Now your serpentine belt and the belt tensioner will just wear out over time – that’s why your auto manufacturer has a scheduled belt replacement interval. The team at Terry Wynter Auto Service Center in Fort Myers can review your serpentine belt for wear and get it replaced if it’s time.

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

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center Auto Tips and Videos: Tire Replacement Overview

Posted November 13th, 2015 by admin and filed in Tires and Wheels

Tires are a significant purchase so knowing when tires should be replaced is important for Fort Myers motorists. Tires will just wear out with normal use. The depth of the tread on your tire determines how well it will stop, start and steer – especially in wet conditions. 4/32th of an inch of tire tread is considered a safe amount of tread.

Uneven tread wear can be a symptom of other problems and simply replacing your tires will not prevent the same uneven wear from happening to the new tires. We can review your tires for excessive or uneven wear. Unusual wear may lead to further examination of steering, suspension or alignment troubles. We can help with required repairs and with getting you the right tires for your needs.

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