Keepin’ cool in the car

August 1st, 2011 by

The dog days of summer … yep, they’re here! And if you’re like most of us, you probably want to make sure your car’s AC is in tip-top shape! A couple of things to keep in mind:

Be patient. If your car’s been sitting in a parking lot for an hour or two on a 95-degree day, it’s going to take a little while for the air conditioner to do its thing. Give it time.

Schedule a tune-up. If your air conditioner still isn’t blowing cool air after five minutes, you may need to schedule a tune-up. Your car’s AC may be leaking refrigerant. To resolve this problem, you’ll need to recharge your system. You’ll also want to make sure you locate and repair the site of the leak.

Prevent future problems. It may seem odd, but if you run your air conditioner every couple of weeks – even in the winter – you’ll be doing your part to keep the entire unit lubricated. In the end, you’re less likely to end up with dry and cracked belts and hoses.

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