How long has it been since your last oil change?

Posted June 29th, 2011 by admin and filed in Maintenance, Service Tip Videos

Keeping up with your car repairs and regular maintenance checks may seem like the last thing you can afford, but not maintaining your vehicle may cost you more in the long-run. According to AAA Auto Club survey, “Vehicle repairs and maintenance is declining.”

By skipping out on regular repairs and routine oil changes, you may be causing more problems for your vehicle and possibly more money. This can become a safety issue that could be putting you and others at risk.

To learn more about the importance of routine vehicle maintenance, check out this video featured on NBC-2 or visit us at Terry Wynter Auto Service Center.

To schedule an appointment, contact us at (239) 939-2500 or visit our website http://www.terrywynterauto.com/.  If you have any questions about your vehicle leave us a comment below. We would love to hear from you!

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.