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Your Check Engine Light Is On

Any Big Bang Theory fans out there? There are lists of most memorable moments on that award winning show, and one of the best happens when Penny drives Sheldon somewhere (which she does a number of times). On the first such occasion, Sheldon advises Penny that her check engine light is on. Her response? “Yeah, I gotta put a sticker over that.”

When your car talks to you – listen!

Winter driving is upon us, and it is time to ensure your car is in top working condition for the roads. How long have you been ignoring warnings on your dashboard?

 

Brakes

If your brake system warning light is on or your brakes are making noise, better get that checked out right away! Low brake fluid levels, or worn brake pads can lead to serious problems on the road and on your pocket book too. Regular brake checks and brake fluid top ups at least once a year is advised. If you are not doing regular maintenance on your brakes, you could be looking at replacing the entire system. That gets costly and dangerous.

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Windshield wipers

Visibility when driving and safety on the roads go hand in hand. During the winter months, it is even more important to make sure your windshield is clear before you head out for your commute. And it’s the law! Clear the snow and ice off your car, windows and mirror before you head out – failing to do so is unsafe plus it could mean getting pulled over by the police and a ticket.

At the very least, wipers should be replaced every six months and keep that washer fluid topped up.

 

Oil light

This is the most ignored warning light on the dashboard. Oil pressure warnings are not to be taken lightly. Putting off that oil change too long, or if you have a leak and you are running low on oil, you risk the chance that your engine could seize up, bringing your vehicle to a grinding halt. Engine repairs are too costly – so pay attention and act quickly when this light comes on.

 

Regular upkeep on your car ultimately keeps you and other drivers on the road safe, and it saves you money as well. And, if you like the idea of saving money, give McDougall a call today, 1-800-361-0941 or leave us a comment below!

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