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A/C tips March 5, 2014

aAir Conditioning Maintenance At Triangle Auto Service In Chicago

Warm weather or cold, Chicago drivers still need to think about their Minivanís air conditioning. Most Chicago people donít service their air conditioning until after it fails. At Triangle Auto Service, we can advise you on your 's preventive maintenance schedules for air conditiong service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on.

Maintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the Minivan's air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system canít cool the air as well. We see that a lot at Triangle Auto Service in Chicago.

The refrigerant also contains a vital oil that lubricates air conditioning components, and keeps the seals resilient. Low refrigerant and lubricating oil means that the air conditioning parts will wear out prematurely, and all Chicago car owners know that air conditioning repairs can be costly. At Triangle Auto Service, we recommended that the air conditioner be run regularly, even during winter months, to keep the parts and seals lubricated.

Corrosion is what leads to many air conditioning system failures for Chicago motorists. The small leaks mentioned earlier also mean that air and water can leak into the air conditioning system. This can lead to rust and dirt in the internal workings of the air conditioning components. This greatly accelerates wear and, ultimately, failure.

Air conditioning service at Triangle Auto Service starts with a visual inspection of the components for signs of damage or leaks. The compressor is driven by a belt from the engine, most often the serpentine belt, so itís inspected for cracks or wear. The air conditioning compressor and other components are checked for proper operation. Then comes the leak test. If a leak is detected, often in a hose or connection, itís repaired and the system is retested.

Then the old refrigerant is evacuated and the system is recharged with clean, fresh refrigerant. A final test insures that the Minivan's air conditioner is working, and youíre on your way.

How often this should be done varies from vehicle to vehicle. Your Minivan ownerís manual will have the manufacturerís recommendation and, of course, your Triangle Auto Service service advisor can tell you. Itís typically every two years.

If youíre not getting enough cool air out of your AC you know somethingís wrong. Also, if you hear strange sounds when you turn the air on, there might be a problem with the compressor and you should get it checked out at Triangle Auto Service. Replacing a bad A/C clutch in a Minivan is cheaper than waiting for it to ruin the compressor.

Chicago drivers need to be aware that thereís one more thing that isnít directly related to air conditioning service, but does impact the quality of the air in your Minivan. And thatís your cabin air filter. This filter cleans dust, pollen, pollution and other impurities in the air that comes from the heater and air conditioner. The cabin air filter needs to be replaced when itís dirty. If you donít itíll start to smell. Not all vehicles have one, so ask your Triangle Auto Service service advisor to check your cabin air filter at the same time theyíre doing your air conditioning service.  Please feel free to give us a call: 773-539-5858,,,


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