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Keep your cool - Maintain your car’s A/C

SPONSORED • Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 3:18 p.m. CST
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Your car’s air conditioning system, you love it, you depend on it, so if you don’t want to find yourself sweltering in the summer heat, maintain it.

The rule of thumb is to have your vehicle’s A/C unit checked by a trusted mechanic once a year BEFORE anything goes wrong...and there are several things that can go wrong.

If your A/C is blowing less cold air than it used to, that could signal a couple of things. It may just need to be recharged with more refrigerant. Your mechanic can recharge the system to levels specifically for your vehicle to have it blowing icy cold again.

Typically, he or she will also test the system for leaks. A leak could be coming from your A/C line or from the compressor.  A line leak is easy enough to fix, but if it’s your A/C’s compressor, it could be a leak or a complete fail if the oil in it has depleted. If it is the compressor, you’ll need to have it replaced.

It’s an expense you can avoid by taking your car in for that yearly A/C service.

If the problem isn’t the condenser, it could be other components of your a/c system such as the evaporator, the expansion valve or the receiver dryer. Depending on the age of your car, some or all of those parts could need replacement due to normal deterioration.

The experts at Douglas Automotive, in Barrington and Crystal Lake, can diagnose your A/C problem and have you on the road in air-conditioned comfort in no time. They can also perform your annual A/C service to keep it that way. | 123 E. Virginia Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60014 | 815.356.0440

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