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November 5, 2016

Are your car’s dashboard lights gibberish to you?

  There seems like there are a million of these little lights that pop up at the most inconvenient of times, but do you know what they all actually mean? Inspired by this article, I wanted to refresh you all on your dashboard lights! Here’s a helpful guide for you! screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-36-am Check Engine – Indicates a fault that the engine computer has detected with the engine management system, usually related to emissions, but this light could have a wide range of causes.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-03-11-am   Battery/Charging Alert – Voltage level is below normal and/or the charging system is not functioning properly.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-57-am   Oil Pressure Warning – Illuminates when the oil pressure sensor has detected low oil pressure/loss of oil pressure. Immediately get your oil checked. screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-09-42-am Temperature Warning – Indicates that your vehicle’s temperature has exceeded its normal limits with a possibility of overheating, and usually demands an immediate stop.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-03-17-am Brake System Alert – This light indicates a low brake fluid level, leaks, or low brake linings. Sometimes this light illuminates when there is an ABS fault. If this stays on, you should get your brakes checked.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-43-am   ABS Warning – Means that the Anti-lock Brake system has detected a fault. It doesn’t result in you losing your brakes, but additional safety features may be switched off and you should seek help to resolve any issues.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-23-am   Bulb Failure – Indicates a problem detected with one or more of your car’s exterior lights.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-03-02-am   Airbag Fault – This could be informing you that the passenger airbag has been turned off manually. But, if this light stays on, it means a fault has been found in the airbag system.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-31-am   Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) – Low air pressure has been detected in a tire(s) or there may be a sensor malfunction.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-12-am   Traction Control – This light usually illuminates along with the ABS light when the vehicle detects a system fault. It also comes on to warn the driver of hazardous road conditions it detects.   screenshot-2016-11-07-at-11-02-02-am   Powertrain Malfunction – The engine management system has detected a fault that requires your engine to be shut down. You should seek immediate help.  


Fog Lamp – This simply is telling you that your vehicle’s front fog lamps are on.

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How to Autumn-ize Your Car

October 8, 2013
It’s October! When it comes to fall, I’m one of those people who bursts at the seams with all of the autumn traditions and smells and opportunities. And that’s why I’m creating this specific blog post about making your car as fall-ish and fantastic as possible! 🙂 My tips are simple but great! spicedcinaut First up, it’s time for all the classic autumn smells! My personal favorites: spiced pumpkin and apple cinnamon. (The smell of a bonfire is another favorite of mine, but a lot of people don’t enjoy it as much as I do, so I’ll set those differences aside.) To make your car smell more like the wonderful season that is the fall, head to your nearest grocery store and stock up on some yummy air fresheners! Both you and your passengers will thank you for your go-getter mentality for a great-smelling vehicle! trutruckdog Next, store some comfy blankets and sweatshirts in the back of your car! Any evening adventures of star gazing or bonfires (!!) or a drive-in will call for warmth, so stay on top of it by always having extra clothing and blankets in your vehicle. You could even go 110% and bring a MATTRESS so you’re totally and completely comfy! lwtklwtlw Share the gift of giving! October has a lot of opportunities to give back, and McCarthy Auto is all over that! Presenting three different ways you can share your wealth 🙂 First,  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! For every new and pre-owned vehicle sold at any of the six McCarthy Auto locations, $10 will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in downtown Kansas City! Next up, take the pledge! McCarthy Auto is teaming up with PrepsKC to “Take the Pledge to Not Text and Drive.” Check out to take the pledge and vote for your favorite local high school! The school at the end of October with the most amount of pledges will be awarded $5,000 to the football program courtesy of McCarthy Auto Group! And finally, show your hockey love! Grab your season tickets now and go check out some Missouri Mavericks games — McCarthy Auto is a sponsor!! Three cheers for October!!!