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.


  • 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.

When Do My Shocks Need to be Replaced?

Posted June 4th, 2015 by admin and filed in Uncategorized

A good suspension system gives a vehicle a smooth, even ride while providing Fort Myers car owners with good handling and control. But like any system on your sedan, critical parts of the suspension system can wear out, leading to a lower ride quality and safety concerns. So it’s a good idea for Fort Myers car owners to remember an inspection of their suspension system in their schedule of a critical preventive maintenance. Springs do most of the work of the suspension system. The most common types of springs are coil and leaf, but air springs and torsion bars are becoming more common. The body of the vehicle is “suspended” by the springs.

If springs were the only working component in your suspension system, however, you’d spend your travel time bouncing up and down like a bobblehead. That’s where your shocks come in. They keep the rebound, or bounciness, of the springs under control. Shocks also keep your tires on the road, which keeps the driver in control of the sedan. Some vehicles have struts in their suspension system. Struts are a compact combination of springs and shocks. They do the same critical job but in a single package.

Shocks wear out gradually, so it can be difficult for Fort Myers motorists to notice when they need to be replaced. There’s no definitive point when a vehicle’s ride goes from smooth and controlled to a bit imprecise. To check if your shocks or struts are worn, you should first do a visual inspection on them. If they are leaking fluid, they need to be replaced.

There are other less obvious signs that your suspension system needs critical attention. For example, an uneven, cupping wear on your tires may indicate that your shocks are worn. If your vehicle feels “floaty” when you turn, or, in other words, you don’t feel that you have full control of the vehicle, you should check your shocks. Also, if the front end of your vehicle dips noticeably when you stop, it’s time for new shocks.

Your owner’s manual gives recommendations on how often the shocks should be checked, usually between 15,000 and 30,000 miles (24,000-50,000 km). If one of your shocks does need to be replaced, you should replace all four. This will keep your suspension even and ensure good handling of your vehicle. If you carry heavy loads, tow a trailer or drive on uneven Fort Myers area terrain, you might also consider upgrading to a heavy-duty shock.

Regular shocks contain hydraulic fluid. The important fluid helps them absorb the bumps or “shocks” of the road so the impact doesn’t transfer to the sedan’s body. Premium shocks are filled with compressed nitrogen gas, which costs more but does a better job of controlling body motions. Regular shocks can develop air bubbles that reduce their effectiveness; the premium shocks don’t have this problem. So if you want higher handling performance, if you drive off-road around Florida or if you just want added comfort, you should think about upgrading to premium shocks or struts.

Replacing struts can put your sedan out of alignment, so an alignment check should always follow this type of repair. Talk to your honest service advisor at Terry Wynter Auto Service Center in Fort Myers.

Bouncy Bouncy

Posted April 16th, 2015 by admin and filed in Uncategorized

When Fort Myers car owners think about preventive maintenance, what usually comes to mind is oil, fluids and brakes. We don’t generally think about our shocks or struts, but these essential auto parts keep our tires on the road.

Fort Myers motorists don’t think about shocks as often as oil changes because shocks and struts last a long time and wear out slowly. They don’t need to be checked as often as our brake pads or air filters. By the time your shocks have fifty thousand miles on them, their performance will have noticeable degraded. If you want to restore the handling and ride designed for your sedan, reflect on replacing your shocks and struts.

Of course, if you drive off-road around Fort Myers, carry heavy loads, tow a trailer, or put in a lot of mileage on poor driving surfaces, your shocks or struts will wear out more quickly. You’ll need to replace them more often or upgrade to better shocks.

Your suspension system uses springs and shocks to absorb the “shocks” and vibrations of driving over road surfaces. Springs support the sedan’s weight, suspending it above the axles so the body of the sedan is protected from most of the bumps on the road. Shocks control the bounciness of the springs by moderating rebound. They also push your tires down onto the road’s surface, maximizing traction. Without shocks, your wheels would bounce over bumps and lift against curbs and corners. Shocks are essential to the safe handling of your sedan as well as a comfortable ride. Struts are a combination shock and spring in one unit.

Worn shocks result in lowered vehicle handling performance. If your vehicle “squirms” around corners or gets “floaty” over bumps, then you need to check your shocks. If the rear end of your vehicle squats while accelerating, the front end dips while braking, or one corner sags, you probably need new shocks.

Uneven tire wear may also be an indication of bad shocks. If shocks are damaged or leaking, they definitely need to be replaced.

If one of your shocks needs to be replaced, you need to replace them all. This will maintain an even ride and predictable, safe handling.

If you’re unsure whether you need new shocks, or if you’re considering upgrading to a higher quality shock, then consult with your honest Terry Wynter Auto Service Center technician. They can give you critical auto advice on the condition of your shocks and how to match your driving needs to the quality of your shocks.

Good car care is essential to the safety, performance and efficiency of your sedan. It can improve the comfort of your ride as well.

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center voted Best Auto Repair for 2014 Gulfshore Life Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards

Posted May 21st, 2014 by admin and filed in Uncategorized

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center has been voted by customers across Southwest Florida as the Best Auto Repair for Lee County in Gulfshore Life Magazine’s 2014 Annual Readers Choice Awards. The Southwest Florida magazine holds an annual readership poll for readers to choose “the best” in a variety of categories, from arts and entertainment, to attractions, to food and drink. With more than 500 auto repair shops in the area, Terry Wynter Auto Service Center was selected for the accolade.

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center continues to serve the Fort Myers area with trustworthy car care, offering turnkey service that customers appreciate, including courtesy shuttle service, night drop off, and highly trained and personable staff. With state-of-the-art equipment and superior customer service, the team consults customers on sensitive car issues to find the best solutions for a safe vehicle.

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center would like to thank all of their loyal customers for voting for them for Best Automotive Care in Gulfshore Life’s Best of 2014 Guide, and they look forward to continuing to serve Southwest Florida. Since 1970, Gulfshore Life magazine has captured happenings, spirit, and style of the Southwest Florida community. The publication notes itself as the premier source of information for the area and insists that Fort Myers isn’t as much of a “small town” as some may think. The Best of Gulfshore guide serves as Southwest Florida’s guide to the reader-cited best food, fun, people and experiences in the area, and influences the communities’ habits greatly.


About Terry Wynter Auto Service Center:

Established in 1996, Terry Wynter Auto Service Center is an independent, family-owned automobile service provider specializing in vehicle maintenance and repair services for individual car owners and commercial fleets. The 11-bay shop is located at 3811 Fowler St., just north of the intersection of Winkler Avenue and Fowler Street. The center’s comprehensive website,, offers detailed information about the center’s award-winning history, services, staff, accreditations and affiliations, as well as convenient online ability for making appointments and communicating with technicians via e-mail. For more information, call 239-939-2500 or email Also, keep up with Terry Wynter Auto Service Center online on the company’s blog,, on Facebook and on Twitter,

Kay Wynter featured in AutoInc. Magazine

Posted November 19th, 2013 by admin and filed in Uncategorized

Thank you to AutoInc. Magazine for the great article about social media in the automotive industry. We were happy to be a part of it and appreciate all of our FANS for continuing to support Terry Wynter Auto Service Center!

Check out the article (pg. 16):

Check Your Shocks and Struts at Terry Wynter Auto Service Center

Posted August 21st, 2012 by admin and filed in Uncategorized

Today we’re talking about shocks and struts. They’re so easy to forget about because they last so long and wear out so slowly. But your shocks are really responsible for keeping your tires on the road – so they’re very important.

Without shocks, your wheels would be bouncing over bumps and lifting in corners. The shocks push the tire down to the road to maximize traction. Good shocks equal good ride quality and safe handling.

Visit Terry Wynter Auto Service Center to have your shocks and struts inspected by a professional. You can find us at 3811 Fowler Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901
Or give us a call at 239-939-2500 to make an appointment.

There’s a difference between shocks and springs. Springs support the weight of the vehicle, keeping it suspended up off the axles. The shocks moderate the rebound motion as wheels hit bumps. Now a strut combines a shock and a coil spring in one compact unit.

When your shocks are worn out you may notice degraded handling as you drive around our Fort Myers streets. Your vehicle feels squirmy around corners and floaty over bumps.

You may notice the rear end squatting when you accelerate or the front end diving when you brake. Your car might even be sagging at one corner.

Uneven tire wear can also be a sign of worn shocks. Of course, if your shocks are leaking or have a big dent, they need to be replaced.

Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when to replace the shocks and struts on your vehicle. It’s usually between thirty and fifty thousand miles. Of course, if you tow a lot, regularly carry heavy loads or do a lot of driving on poor roads, your shocks might wear out faster.

If those driving conditions apply to you, you can get special shocks that are better suited to your driving.

The shocks that come from the factory are designed for the way most consumers are expected to drive that particular vehicle. If you have different needs for your driving around Fort Myers Florida, you can get premium shocks that improve performance handling, off-road abilities or towing comfort. Your Fort Myers Florida service consultant at Terry Wynter Auto Service Center can help you determine your needs and then give you some options.

It’s best to replace all four shocks at the same time. That way you’ll have even, predictable handling at all four corners. Anything less could be dangerous.

Suspension Service At Terry Wynter Auto Service Center

Posted February 7th, 2012 by admin and filed in Uncategorized


Suspension systems will continue to operate effectively for many years and tens of thousands of miles. Eventually sedan components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive in Lehigh Acres.

As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth Florida highways, your shock absorbers will last a lot longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy roads or hauling heavy loads. In addition to just wearing out, sedan suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact – like a pothole, hitting a curb or a rock in the road. Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, your sedan manufacturer recommends periodic inspections.

Suspension Service At Terry Wynter Auto Service CenterDuring an inspection at Terry Wynter Auto Service Center, your honest Lehigh Acres service technician will check for worn, broken or missing parts. Let me give a rundown of the major suspension components.

First there are the springs. The springs hold the weight of the vehicle. There are several kinds of springs. Springs are obviously heavy duty parts that rarely break or wear out. Shock absorbers work in conjunction with springs to smooth out the ride and help keep the tires on the road. The shocks are key to handling performance and ride comfort.

You’ve probably heard of struts. They combine a shock absorber and a coil spring in one unit. Shocks and struts will wear out over time. There are some signs that shocks or struts are wearing out. The tires may have a cupped wear pattern. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly. You may notice a floaty or drifting sensation when cornering. If the front of your sedan dives excessively when stopping, or rocks back and forth after you stopped, your shocks may be worn out. And if they are leaking fluid, it’s definitely time to replace them.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit Terry Wynter Auto Service Center for a suspension inspection. Same if you’ve been in an accident that involved one of your wheels. If your sedan suspension actually fails, it could lead to a serious accident, so take care of these things.

When you replace your shocks, it’s usually a good idea to replace all four at the same time. That’ll give you more even handling. Talk with your Terry Wynter Auto Service Center service advisor because you don’t want a big difference between the performance of your shocks from wheel to wheel, and replacing all may be the safest bet.

There different grades of shocks and struts. You always want to use a replacement shock or strut that equals the one that came as original equipment when your sedan was new. But remember, they were designed to meet the expected needs of the broad range of Lehigh Acres people who buy that particular vehicle. Your needs may be more specialized.

For example if you want increased handling performance for your sedan, your honest Terry Wynter Auto Service Center advisor can recommend an upgraded shock or strut to give you what you want. If you haul heavy loads or trailers, you can get a more heavy duty shock absorber.

Our Technician Cited as Expert in Fuel-Saving Tips

Recently, NBC-2 conducted a story about fuel-saving tips for consumers who are feeling the pain at the pump with rising cost of gas. Our own auto care technician, Steve Johnson debunks fuel-saving myths and provides car-owners with valuable tips on what really affects how far your tank of fuel will take you.

Check it out:

Support Your Community, Buy Locally This Holiday Season

With the holidays just around the corner, it is important to start thinking about shopping for your gifts for loved ones! While brainstorming gift ideas, consider purchasing locally this year. By making local purchases, you are boosting our economy in Fort Myers and supporting small businesses and your neighbors.

Having trouble thinking of a gift for a friend or family member? Buying gift certificates from a local retailer or service provider is the perfect solution. Not only do locally-owned businesses give back to the community in fundraisers and charities, but they also supply local employment. Look at it this way: for every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $68 stays in the local economy. This is a notable difference from the $43 that would stay in the local economy if your money was spent at a national chain. You can help support local business owners while also giving your loved ones the freedom to use their gift certificate exactly how they want.

To schedule your next appointment, visit or call us at 239-939-2500.

The 21st Century Automotive Shop

We were recently interviewed by Auto Inc. in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Automotive Service Association to discuss what it takes to be a successful automotive shop in today’s auto care industry. Here is a Q & A from our interview:  

What does shop management look like in a 21st century automotive shop and how does it differ from the past? Is there an emphasis on training and continued education?   

Technology has given shop managers freedom that could not have been imagined in the past. With the use of GotomyPC, we are able to access our shop computer from any location that has internet access. The downsize of portable computers such as the Dell Inspiron Mini Notebook and the Apple iPad have also provided convenience. Training and education have benefited immensely from technological advances.  It is no longer a requirement that shop owners and employees take time away from work to attend training classes. Webinars have made training less costly and more efficient. We have invested in computers for training purposes and smart phones for our management and customer service employees. We strive to provide the best customer service and keeping up with technology and continued education is the key to our success.

How have you used social networking and the internet as a marketing tool for your business?

A number of years ago, we realized the importance of a presence on the internet and developed a website for Terry Wynter Auto Service Center. This marketing tool has proven to be invaluable as internet marketing has become an important source of referrals. We also created a blog to provide our customers with the latest auto care news and tips.

Most recently, we set up a Facebook page and Twitter account. These social networking sites have made it easy for us to connect with our customers while providing valuable automotive, service and maintenance tips. This inexpensive marketing tool has produced referrals and created an additional presence for Terry Wynter Auto Service Center on the internet.     

Although it’s a challenge to stay current with technology considering social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter were not even in our vocabulary a few years ago, we have found this inexpensive form of marketing incredibly useful.  

Do you provide specialized servicing in your automotive shop?

We have recognized that the female customer has become a major decision maker when it comes to automotive repairs. This is drastically different from years past.  In an effort to appeal to this important customer, we offer free Knowledge is Power Women’s Car Care Seminars to assist women in becoming more informed consumers.

How has today’s automotive shop visually changed? 

A focus on cleanliness and organization is of utmost importance in today’s shops as most customers do not have any understanding of what takes place in the shop.  Cars have become much more complicated and most customers make their judgment of a shop’s competence by the shop’s appearance and the professionalism of the employees. This is especially true for the female customer.

What amenities play a role in today’s automotive repair shops?

Convenience is an important feature of our mission statement. We offer customer conveniences such as Wi-Fi, a coffee bar, shuttle service, and a comfortable waiting area. 

Are tools different today, in a 21st century shop, than they were years ago?

The evolution of tools in our industry is happening at a rapid pace. We have gone from a tool box of primarily hand tools to some electronic tools in the 80’s when engine analyzers became available.  Fast forward to today when we use scan tools that fit in the palm of your hand and data is being streamed over the internet for reprogramming.

We’re honored by the opportunity to share what we have done to make Terry Wynter Auto Service Center a successful 21st century automotive shop. We look forward to continue providing affordable and dependable auto service to the Southwest Florida community. Visit to learn more.