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

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center Vehicle Maintenance Tips and Videos: Rotor Problems

Posted November 11th, 2015 by admin and filed in Brakes

The brake rotor, or disc, is attached to your wheel. The brake pads rub on the rotor to slow your car.

Rotors can warp, crack or become misaligned. They can also be damaged by worn out brake pads that scratch grooves into the surface. These conditions result in less contact surface for the brake pads, leaving you with reduced braking power.

Over time and miles, rotors can also wear down below safe specifications. It is vital for Fort Myers drivers to know that simply replacing brake pads on a wheel with a bad rotor will not solve the issue. Depending on their condition, rotors may be resurfaced or replaced.

Brake noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal are signs of potential brake troubles that should be addressed right away. If you have any brake concerns, please have your honest Terry Wynter Auto Service Center tech carry out a thorough inspection.

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

Automotive Guide for Fort Myers: Making Your A/C System Last Longer

Posted November 4th, 2015 by admin and filed in Air Conditioning

Fort Myers auto owners know that if their air conditioning system isn’t making cool air like it used to, there is a problem. It may be as simple as adding more of the right kind of refrigerant.

Your A/C requires special compressor oil, which circulates through the system along with the refrigerant, to lubricate and protect costly components and keep seals and gaskets from drying out. If refrigerant has leaked out – so has the compressor oil. This oil needs to be replenished whenever refrigerant is added.

An air conditioning analysis will uncover any potential issues and identify any necessary repairs needed to get Fort Myers drivers on the road to cool air once again.

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

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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Terry Wynter Auto Service Center Auto Service and Maintenance Videos: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

Posted October 21st, 2015 by admin and filed in Tires and Wheels

Repair or Replace? That’s a question Fort Myers drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch are considered too large to be safely fixed. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired.

Run flat tires should not be fixed. Repairing high performance tires may make them unsuitable for motorsports. Your honest Terry Wynter Auto Service Center tech can check your damaged tire and tell you if it can be safely repaired or if it should be replaced – and then help you get back on the road.

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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: Air Conditioning Inspection

Posted October 14th, 2015 by admin and filed in Air Conditioning

Most auto makers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The examination uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.

Environmental laws in some areas require leaks to be corrected before refrigerant can be added. Also some parts manufacturers require other components to be replaced along with certain failed parts in order to maintain the new part warranty. This is because a given failure may be the result of another worn or damaged part that will, if not replaced, prematurely damage the new component.

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center in Fort Myers is fully equiped to restore your flow of cool air.

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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: Causes of Wheel Misalignment

Posted October 8th, 2015 by admin and filed in Alignment

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Fort Myers auto owners often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like a major collision, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. Your vehicle can lose alignment over time with just normal driving.

When your wheels are out of alignment, the team of automotive professionals at Terry Wynter Auto Service Center in Fort Myers can return your wheels to the factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest an automotive analysis every year or two.

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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: Battery Testing

Posted October 7th, 2015 by admin and filed in Battery

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.

Batteries are a big ticket item for most Fort Myers drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.

Your Terry Wynter Auto Service Center tech can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for Florida motorists because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner.

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