At RWB we understand that your imported car is an investment. And with the Spring and Summer months around the corner we want you to be equipped with all the knowledge you need about you’re A/C system. The hot Georgia heat will soon be upon us – so keep your family comfortable and keep your car cool in the Summer. Schedule a preventative maintenance trip to RWB today.
We know it’s hard to believe but the A/C system in your import auto vehicle is fairly simple in principle and design. Similar to your household your refrigerator, you’re vehicle’s A/C operates on a cycle of compression and expansion of a gas, known as refrigerant. The compressor turns the gas into a liquid, and as the gas evaporates it provides cooling. Also like your refrigerator, its main components are:
- Thermostatic expansion valve
The A/C systems in imported cars have become very dependable and robust in comparison to Imported cars from past generations. A lot of the time, poor performance is due to low refrigerant levels that come about because of leaks in the system around various parts such as the O-rings, gaskets, seals, and lines (All are susceptible to drying out and shrinking). Low refrigerant can mean a host of other problems as well. Since the refrigerant contains oil which lubricates the compressor, low levels of refrigerant can mean an overheated compressor and can send tiny shards of metal through the rest of the system to cause significant damage.
Signs of AC Trouble
- A/C that’s barely cooler than the air outside
- A/C only blows cold while car is moving, not at idle
- Metallic clicking under the hood, as the compressor’s magnetic clutch cycles the compressor on and off
- Musty, “dirty socks” smell from air vents
- Volume of air from vents is never enough
Obviously, all these components can potentially fail, however, they often fail due to low refrigerant levels, and even a late model vehicle can lose five to ten percent of its refrigerant over a year’s time. There is no need to take chances. Recharging the system with refrigerant is easy and inexpensive, and should be part of your A/C system’s, as well as your car’s, routine maintenance! Speaking of routine maintenance, you should also know that when you bring your car in for an A/C related issue that’s not all we’ll look at!
Get Your Car Inspected
All vehicles that are inspected for pre-delivery get a 60 point inspection that covers every component on the vehicle. We provide software scans, printed reports, and check for body & paint repair. All estimates are printed for negotiating the price and to aid in the decision of buying the vehicle.
- All oil services are recommended every 7,500 miles
- All maintenance services every 15,000 miles
- Transmission services every 30,000 to 40,000 miles (model dependent)
- Brake flushes every 2 years (if copper/moisture tests fail)
- Power steering flushes every 30,000 miles and power steering filter change every 90,000 miles
- Coolant flushes every 5 years (If fluid tests pass during that period)
- Differential fluid change every 100,000 miles
With over 30 years in the highline automotive business, RWB Import Service Center will offer each and every customer the most experienced diagnostics, service and repair of any repair facility in the European car industry. Schedule a trip to our Snellville service center today and keep your car cool in the Summer.
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