Car Care Summer Tip
Your Car’s Air Conditioner Not Cold Enough? Check your settings.
The garage gets lots of calls this time of year about their car’s air conditioner. On those hot and humid days, it’s easy to just figure the system up and died on you. Not so, many times the problem is nothing more than having the controls on the wrong settings.
Make sure the temperature is at its coldest setting, and on hot days push the recirculate button. When the air condition is on recirculate mode, most of the air flow recirculates through the system, rather than drawing in hot humid air from the outside. Lastly, if your car is equipped with a cabin air filter, it should be check at least once a year. This filter traps debris, bugs and other material from entering into the air ducts. A clogged cabin filter will affect the air flow of the air conditioner.
Taking care of your car’s exterior will preserve the paint by removig road grime and other harmful debris that can damage the finish. A thorough cleaning will give you the chance for a close up inspection of your car. You can see chips and scratches and other areas of the body that may need attention.
If something looks serious, you should consult a professional.
Spotting something early will save you money and time in the long run. To keep you car looking like new, apply a coat of wax a few times a year. And don’t forget the interior. Car’s that are maintained, look better longer and retain a higher resale value. Plus, it’s more fun to drive when you car is clean and shining.
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Many newer cars have a filter that is incorporated within the heater/air conditioner system, called a cabin air filter. This filter is often neglected and over time can become clogged with debris such as leaves, bugs and other contaminants. As the filter becomes restricted it can obstruct air flow, which will affect the air conditioner performance and heater.
As the organic material breaks down it will decompose; mold and bacteria can form, which is not a healthy environment for the driver or occupants, since the main purpose of the cabin air filter is to filter the air flow. We have even seen cases where mice have made their temporary home within the cabin filter.
The cabin filter is usually located under the dash behind the glove box or in the engine compartment under the cowl area. The cabin filter should be check at least once a year and replaced if there is debris found in the filter. Carefully remove the filter and clean out any leaves, twigs or other debris inside the filter box assembly. If you suspect mice have been in the cabin filter area, you should wear gloves to protect yourself from bacteria.
On some car models, it may be necessary to remove dashboard components to gain access to the cabin filter. In these cases, it may be better to have your service professional replace the filter. Also, special tools may be needed.
Another tip, keep the area under the hood where the wiper blades are, clean of any leaves. The leaves will eventually break down and find their way into the vent system. For cars without a cabin filter, keeping this are clean is crucial. Without a filter, leaves and other debris will find their way deep into the vent system and into the heater motor.
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A pet can be a great companion when traveling in your car. But please, don’t leave your pet in the car while parked, especially on hot summer days. Despite repeated media warnings, each year pets are left inside hot vehicle, putting the animal at risk, even death.
Even with the windows left open, the temperature inside the vehicle can rise very quickly, creating a potentially fatal condition for your pet. A dog or a cat’s temperature is higher than humans and the temperature inside a car can rise to 150 degrees or higher in a matter of minutes. It doesn’t take long for heat to dilate blood vessels, shutdown organs and even clot blood.
Also, make sure your pet has enough water on hot days. If you are traveling somewhere that does not allow pets, it’s better to leave your pet at home.
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