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, www.terrywynterauto.com, 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 info@terrywynterauto.com. Also, keep up with Terry Wynter Auto Service Center online on the company’s blog, www.YourAutoCareExpert.com, on Facebook and on Twitter, twitter.com/terrywynterauto.

Car care tip #1 – checking your car’s fluids

Posted September 21st, 2009 by admin and filed in Car Care Tips

Many people only look under the hood of their car on two occasions. The first time is when the salesperson shows you the car and the only other time is when the engine makes an odd noise or the engine quits. When it comes to operating and maintaining a piece of machinery, ignorance is not bliss! Even if you have never looked under the hood of your car, or you would not know what you were seeing if you did, a little education empowers you to be a good steward of your car care dollars

The beginning place is the discovery of the different fluids used to operate your car. Since every vehicle is different, the best place to start is the owner’s manual. It will give general to detailed information and pictures that identify the essential fluids and where to locate the monitoring point / portal. Your vehicle owner’s manual is also the “go to” source for proper fluid types, when to replace them and engine service interval recommendations.

It is important to follow recommendations and not to overfill these fluids. Overfilling can cause malfunctions and a general mess under the hood. One last tip is to wear gloves. Some fluids can be harsh on your hands due to chemicals used in them and they operate at high temperature. Eye protection should also be considered.

In all cars, there are some similar in all vehicles are:

Engine Oil – Most vehicles have a prominent dipstick to measure its level, and most vehicles employ an engine oil light should it run too low. Do not rely on dashboard warning lights alone. Sensors can malfunction and nothing replaces visually assuring your engine oil is at its recommended level. The engine oil dipstick is usually well marked and will be on one side of the engine, since the oil reservoir is usually underneath your engine.

Transmission Fluid – Another important fluid since it is responsible for lubricating and helping to cool the transmission. Your transmission is responsible to transfer energy generated by the engine to wheels to move you down the road. Low transmission fluid levels can cause overheating and premature wear / failure of this essential vehicle component. As with the engine oil, it is measured with a dipstick and can usually be found towards the back of the engine compartment near firewall (the rear wall that separates the engine and passenger compartments).

Brake Fluid – This fluid reservoir is usually located on the outside of the brake master cylinder (black circular container attached to firewall). It will have a reservoir that is either see through or may require you to remove the lid and visually view the fluid level (older vehicles).

Radiator Coolant Fluid (Antifreeze in Cold Climates) – Never open the radiator cap on the main radiator since it operates under pressure due to the coolant is high temperature (i.e., radiator cap). Rather, use the see through overflow reservoir located near the radiator to gauge the coolant level.

Power Steering Fluid – This is generally either a small cap top dipstick on a small reservoir near the engine belts and pulleys in the front of most engines. It can also be a see through reservoir on newer cars.

Battery Fluid – In more and more vehicles their batteries are sealed. If yours is sealed, some batteries have a visual color-coded indicator. If not, and your battery has capped reservoirs that can be checked visually, carefully with gloved hands and eye protection open the caps and look into the reservoir. If low, distilled water can be added only to the fill line. Remember, the reservoir contents contain acid and are caustic. It is recommended to rinse off the battery once resealed to wash away any residue. Mild soapy water and LOW pressure rinsing is recommended. Dry off excess water.

Windshield Washer Fluid – Keeping this full is a more than a convenience, it is a safety measure that helps you maintain a clean windshield for optimal field of vision when driving.

If you still feel intimidated about checking your car’s fluids, contact one of our attentive service technicians with any questions about your car at 239-939-2500. We will be glad to take a few minutes to help learn how to partner with us in the care of your car.