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  If you have any questions about your vehicle leave us a comment below. We would love to hear from you!

Join us for a free Women’s Car Care Seminar!

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center will host two free car care seminars for women. Titled “Knowledge is Power,” the seminars will take place at the Fort Myers shop, located at 3811 Fowler St. on Saturday, March 26 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, March 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The seminar is designed to enhance women’s understanding of vehicle maintenance requirements such as checking oil levels and tire pressure. Wynter and a master technician will teach attendees how to troubleshoot common problems, enhance road safety and manage their vehicle service needs. The seminar will cover everything from how to sense potential problems under the hood to tips on how to communicate with service advisors. For more information or to register for the seminar, call 239-939-2500, ext 10. Reservations are required as seating is limited.

“We want to empower women with the automotive knowledge they need to feel comfortable and confident when maintaining their vehicle,” says Wynter. “I am personally proud to have worked closely with A/C Delco as an advisor to develop new materials that will be used on a national level for Women’s Car Care Seminars. We are excited to offer this educational program to our customers and the community, in a fun atmosphere.”

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 e-mail

Make Sure You’re Using the Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

We would like to give you an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, cars are becoming more sophisticated everyday – and fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.

The do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the wrong type of fluid. That is why so many Florida car owners rely on the advice of their service consultant to not only get the correct family of fluids, but to suggest the formulation that is best for their car and the way they drive.

Let’s start with engine oil. If you have been paying attention, you will have noticed a number of new oil weights on the scene in the last several years. Modern engines are built to much tighter tolerances and have very complicated valve trains. The oil must be thin enough to lubricate complicated parts when the engine is cold. The weight of an oil is expressed in terms like 20-W-50 or 5-W-30. Manufacturers recommend the weight of oil for each vehicle they make. The recommendation is based on engine design. Your Fort Myers service center will know what weight your manufacturer recommends – and it’s important to follow those recommendations. A service adviser at Terry Wynter Auto Service Center can also offer suggestions for special formulations and can explain conventional and synthetic oils.

Antifreeze, or engine coolant, is another area that has become more complicated. For a long time, manufacturers only called for a couple of different types of coolant. Now there are several different formulations that are needed because of the different materials that manufacturers are using to build the cooling system. Using the wrong type of coolant can actually void your warranty, so you want to get that right.

Transmission fluid is beginning to be specialized as well. New transmission designs have particular requirements that mandate the use of specific formulations. Recently, new, somewhat confusing, standards for brake fluid have also been released.

Not too long ago, there was a good chance that all of the vehicles at your house would use many of the same fluids. However, as automotive technology advances, the array of basic automotive fluids you need will grow. And, some of the formulations will cost a little more. Fortunately, your Fort Myers service center will continue to update their training to keep pace with technology so that you’ll get the right fluids your car needs. It’s all part of the commitment your service center makes to your driving peace of mind.

Pay Less Now or More Later? Some tips on vehicle maintenance

Posted January 22nd, 2010 by admin and filed in Brakes

With everyone counting their pennies nowadays one mistake people make is putting off routine vehicle maintenance until repairs are needed. For example, if you fail to have routine brake pad replacement you could end up having to buy not only new brake pads, but new brake rotors as well.

The cost of a single new rotor ranges from $50 to $250, depending on the vehicle – multiply that by each wheel… The moral of this story: procrastination costs more!

It’s important to perform needed maintenance early. Allowing a situation to bloom into an expensive repair threatens the practicality of keeping your paid-for wheels on the road. If you made 48, 60 or even 72 monthly payments to buy the car, but don’t like to pay for maintenance, try considering it as a short-term “car payment” that only has to be made occasionally.

ASE Safety tips for brake service:

  • Invest in a top-quality pad.
  • If any rotors are marginal for continued service after refinishing (too thin or very close to the minimum thickness specification), have them replaced. A technician can compare the specification dimension and your rotors’ actual thickness for you upon request. If you own an older vehicle equipped with original equipment rotors, be prepared to replace them at any time.
  • Have the brake calipers inspected to ensure that any moving parts (such as their slides and bleeder screws) haven’t corroded or frozen up. Don’t always jump at the lowest quoted price for your brake job. A low price quote can mean that you’re not getting the complete brake system serviced.
  • If your brake hydraulic system has never been flushed, have it serviced to remove moisture and impurities from the reservoir, lines, calipers and/or wheel cylinders.
  • Have rubber-type flex brake hoses replaced when they’re hard, cracked or simply old.
  • When rotors are being resurfaced for reuse, request inspection of the wheel bearings. On rear-wheel-drive cars or trucks, have the front wheel bearings inspected and repacked with new grease, along with replacing the seals- don’t take the chance of being stranded over an inexpensive bearing or seal.
  • For drum brake applications, ask to have a new brake hardware kit installed when the brake shoes are replaced and the drums are refinished. The technician should ensure that each assembly’s wheel cylinder pistons, adjuster and bleeder screw aren’t sticking or seized.
  • Have your emergency brake assembly tested periodically. Have it repaired or adjusted if necessary.

If your vehicle is over five years old and has only had brake pad and rotor servicing in the past, it’s generally appropriate to have these items serviced or replaced. Remember, there are cheap jobs that use basic components; there are also more-expensive jobs that use premium components. What’s the cost difference between the two? Which one would you trust most? 

You can trust your vehicle to the ASE certified service team at Terry Wynter Auto Service Center. For your next routine maintenance appointment, call 239-939-2500 or schedule online at