Happy Halloween from the Terry Wynter Auto Service Center Team!

Posted October 23rd, 2015 by admin and filed in Car Care Tips, Older Vehicles

It’s true, a vehicle can make some SPOOKY noises! Sometimes, if they are ignored, these sounds can result in a SCARY  auto repair bill.

Grinding
The sound of metal to metal scraping together is enough to send shivers down your spine. If you hear this noise when braking, the brakes are most likely worn and need immediate attention as it can be a safety issue.
Hissing
Typically this creepy sound is caused by a vacuum hose leak and is usually accompanied by a rough idle. This can cause the car to stall, therefore, seek professional automotive assistance immediately.
Groaning
Don’t be afraid if this happens when you are turning the steering wheel, it usually indicates low power steering fluid. Adding fluid will stop the noise, however, a trained technician will need to determine why your car lost the fluid.
Howling
When your vehicle makes this noise, pay close attention to the details: what, where, when, and then report them to your service technician. It could be several issues such as the alternator, wheel bearings or idler pulley.
Screeching 
This hair raising sound most of the time indicates that a belt is worn and needs to be replaced or adjusted.
Clunking
If you hear a clunking noise while driving, it could indicate a problem with the car’s steering or suspension.
Terry Wynter Auto Service Center is happy to help you identify any noises that cause concern and will resolve the issue at a fair and honest price. We care about your car like we care about your family, so keep these sounds in mind while you’re driving. We look forward to serving you!

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Odometer Rollback On Your Fort Myers Florida Auto

Posted August 8th, 2012 by admin and filed in Older Vehicles

How do you know if an odometer is telling the truth?

Well, back in ’86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect Florida consumers against mileage fraud. It says a Florida seller must certify the mileage reported is the Actual Mileage.

To have your odometer checked in Fort Myers Florida, stop by Terry Wynter Auto Service Center:

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

If it isn’t, the seller must say why; like maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 miles and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.

If the seller tells you the mileage isn’t accurate, there’s not much chance of putting a good number to it; And there’s the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it’s not so. What can you do?

First, you can go to www.CarFax.com, where for a small fee, they’ll give you a comprehensive vehicle history search on your sedan, showing local Fort Myers Florida ownership history, accident reports, total-loss events, Manufacturer buybacks, Lemon reports and warranty status.

You can get a mileage history by checking with the local Fort Myers Florida DMV (or wherever you happen to be) and other verified sources looking for inconsistencies in the mileage reported when the car’s bought and sold. If there are signs odometer rollback, now you’ll now.

If so, proceed with caution. Or, negotiate a lower price. Or just walk away. There’s always another.