A/C Air Conditioning
Auto Consumer Problem Solving Tips from Pico Rivera to
Pasadena to Pomona
There are many things that can cause your A/C to
malfunction. All Car wants to offer you some tips and guidance to help you
and us determine what is wrong before you bring in your car. In other
A/C Maintenance and Recharging we discuss how your system works and
give you advice on Maintenance, now here is a Troubleshooting Section and
Checklist to help save time and money on diagnosis and repairs for your
The following Guide, Tips and Worksheet will help us to
save you time and money once you schedule your A/C check.
The most common problem experienced when turning on
your auto's air conditioning system is a lack of cool air or an
intermitant level of temperature. There are many possible reasons for
this but the most common in newer cars is simply a low Freon level, in
which case a relatively simple and affordable system recharge will solve
There are however other
instances where the problem may be due to any of one or more different
functions or parts malfunctioning. Some of the more common are small
leaks in the system such as hoses or connector valves in the A/C unit
itself, the A/C's Clutch could be malfunctioning. The A/C cannister could
be defective, etc.
A quick look at a typical modern auto A/C
compressor shown above shows the many different elements that must be
connnected in order for the compressor to do it's job. Hoses must be
connected and tightened proplerly, the belt has it's own specific
location to turn the unit, and various connectors for the A/C recharge to
function. Any one of these exhibiting a faulty connection or improper
fitting could cause the unit to malufunction.
All Car Speciailists use the most
modern technology availalbe that help save you money and speed up your
repair by locting the exact problem as quickly as possible so the repair
can be performed in as short as time as possible, getting you in and out
without needless guess work. Your trouble shooting also helps our
technicians to decided with equipment to start with and that can save
time as well.
you will not be able to perform specific tests in Troubleshooting your
A/C's problem before you come into the shop, and by the way, you
shouldn't attempt to do so, there are a few things you
can look for and make note of in checking for a more serious obvious
problem. We recommend you do this 'After' you have
All Car Specialists Consumer Auto A/C Checklist from Inside your car.
Troubleshooting Checklist and Visual/Audio Examination is NOT designed as a Complete Diagnosis, but
rather a 'Visual Observation' once you have made note of the symptoms on
your Checklist. This check can be performed with the Engine Running and
your A/C turned on to Maximum by raising the Hood on your auto and
doing a Visual and Audio observation. But
WARNING - for SAFETY,
reach inside of the engine compartment at anytime or touch any moving
parts or get clothing near moving parts. Instead just step back at a
Safe distance and just look for the A/C unit/compressor wihch should
look something like the sample featured above, and do a simple
visual/audio of the unit looking for any signs of hose leakage, belt
slipping or clutch activation or freezing of any moving part. The clutch
is usually in the front part of the A/C and should kick on and off at
various times while the A/C is on. The Clutch should not be engaged when
the A/C is turned off.
potential problem that could be visually obvious right off is in the
case of a frozen clutch-pulley and you her a squeal or see signs of
smoke or unusual heat coming from the front of the A/C as the Belt tries
to spin the clutch. If the Clutch is frozen you should immediately turn
off the A/C and restart your engine. If the Serpentine Belt that is
connected to the A/C that spins the pulley is still frozen then
immediately shut off your engine and call All Car Specialists right
away. Any attempts to drive your auto under those circumstances could
cause severe damage to the engine, as if the Belt breaks due to heat and
friction of the frozen A/C then none of your other components that rely
on the belt would continue to function and that could be costly.
Remember, what you're really looking for
as a Consumer is the more Serious and Obvious Problem, not the finite
diagnosis, that's what All Car is here to help you with.
At some shops all you get is a smile and friendly handshake, at All Car you get a guarantee that the problem we find is what is going to fix your car.
For the most reliable and affordable automotive A/C repairs in the San Gabriel Valley give All Car Specialists a call today.
Call today to find out how we can help you.
326 & 330 S Del Mar Ave.
San Gabriel CA 91776
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday:
7:30AM - 5:30PM
Saturday by Appointment.
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