This month’s story comes to us from Jessy Beaudry, an automotive technician in Sudbury, Ontario. It reinforces the importance of paying attention to warning lights in your instrument cluster, and not ignoring them until next time your ride happens to be in the shop.
Beaudry shares a story about a customer who drives a Chevrolet Cobalt. The customer’s car arrived in a non-drivable state, as the engine wouldn’t start. An expensive engine replacement followed, with a hefty bill. Thing is, as Beaudry discovered in a conversation with his customer, this should have been a considerably less expensive job.
Beaudry’s customer wasn’t in the practice of checking vital fluids like coolant or oil, and apparently, wasn’t in the practice of checking the instrument cluster for warning lights either.
“We had a conversation about what we would do for this customer. They needed a new engine, plain and simple. This one had been driven for days, or maybe more, with a blown head gasket, and engine coolant and oil contaminating one another.”