Regardless of when your car’s air conditioning began running poorly, whether it’s been over time or suddenly, there can be numerous reasons. A hot, stuffy car is not comfortable in the summer and can be down right dangerous.
Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca can restore your vehicle’s comfort in no time. Let’s look at some of the common issues that can leave you feeling “hot” under the collar.
Cool But Not Cold
If the air conditioning is set to max cool and fans on high, but is only blowing moderately cool air:
Check to see that the cooling fans on the condenser or radiator are running when the air conditioning is on.
Look for any restrictions like leaves, bugs or dirt that would keep air from passing over the condenser.
Check the cabin air filter to ensure that it is not clogged.
Check the pressures in the system using a manifold gauge set. The recommended high-side and low-side pressures can be found in the repair manual.
When diagnosing an air conditioning issue, it’s easiest to begin at the compressor.
With the engine running turn the A/C on max cool, set fans high, and make sure that the clutch is engaging on the compressor.
Note: this is not the pulley, but the center piece that engages the pulley to the compressor shaft. If the clutch is engaging and disengaging rapidly, the refrigerant may be low.
If the clutch is not engaging, use a voltmeter to check for voltage getting to the compressor.
If there is voltage – the clutch may be bad.
If there is no voltage – a cycling switch may be bad, a fuse may be blown and the system may not have enough refrigerant pressure to trip the low pressure cutoff switch that cycles the compressor.
Leaks are the most common problem associated with the air conditioning system.
If pressure is low, then there may be a leak.
Using a UV A/C leak detection kit is the easiest way to find a leak.
Follow the instructions on the packaging to introduce UV dye to the system and UV light to find the leak.
Check around all fittings to verify that they are all secure.
Check hose manifolds on the compressor.
Check the front seal and the o-rings sealing the pressure switches on the back of some compressors.
Check where the hoses are crimped onto the fittings.
Check the Schrader Valves.
Check for pin holes in the condenser.
Check where the evaporator drains condensation with UV light. Sometimes oil or dye can be seen.
Note: The dye check will not work if the system is too low and the compressor is not cycling.
(Courtesy of Autozone)
Why Choose Our Ithaca Body Shop
Now most people do not have the tools and diagnostics to determine loss of air conditioning reasons. The above information basically explains what we do and how we do it. Older vehicles may have significant issues with the entire air conditioning system due to wear and tear, leaks, life expectancy and worn out parts.
Our trained and superb technicians are able to go through the air conditioning system in a thorough manner and can diagnose the exact problems. Low pressure, no coolant, and debris clogging up the intakes could all be very simple things to repair. You don’t need to suffer in this heat.
Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca should be your Number 1 go-to body shop in the area. We offer excellent customer service, experienced and certified technicians, and quality work done right the first time.
Remember, whether you need collision repair in Ithaca or simply need an Ithaca body shop, Wink’s can restore your vehicle to its rightful shine and condition, as well as troubleshoot and repair air conditioning issues.
Don’t let this summertime heat get you down. Stop in today to let us take a look and give you a free estimate to make needed repairs. We look forward to working with you and helping you enjoy the summer in a pleasantly cool vehicle.
Welcome Autumn! What an amazing summer we had, and hopefully you enjoyed safe travels. But if your vehicle suffered collision damage, know that we here at Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca have what you need to fix your car or truck.
Collision repair in Ithaca is not a hit-or-miss deal when it comes to working with Wink’s. We have the best professionally trained technicians in the area and can provide you with exceptional service before, during and after the repair.
Ithaca Collision Repair
It’s well-known that one of the highest months for traffic accidents is in August. Odds are that your vehicle may have suffered some bumps, dents or more significant damage. Whether you had a collision with another vehicle, a deer, or even had a tree fall on your car…we can provide you with an estimate for repair and get started on it to suit your schedule.
Repairs need to be dealt with promptly to avoid rust setting into the damaged area. With winter approaching (sorry to remind you), but winter means salt and corrosives on the roadways. This means rust will attack unprotected areas of the metal on your vehicle. If you don’t fix it before that rust sets in, the repair could become a lot more costlier.
Setting up an appointment with an Ithaca collision repair shop should not be an arduous deal, and it’s not here at Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca. We offer immediate service, estimates, will work with your insurance company, and want you as a customer for life.
Making our customers happy and pleased with our work is our number one priority. We know that the process of insurance claims, dealing with the companies and adjusters, never mind the actual repair work, can be daunting. There is so much that is unknown when you are a car owner. The trick is to relax when you know you have the absolute best and reliable body shop team on your side.
Collision Repair in Ithaca
No matter where in the area you live, winter is going to be here along with the potential for vehicle damage. Don’t let additional damage destroy your vehicle’s value and stability.
Remember that even small collisions can cause structural and frame damage. It takes a professionally trained and experienced technician and body shop in Ithaca to adequately inspect and repair your vehicle. Safety is the number one priority when appraising collision damages to a vehicle. Some repairs just cannot be made to restore the vehicle to like-original condition. That’s when it’s imperative that your body shop professional is able to honestly evaluate the damages. Far better to total out the car or truck now than to put you and your family at risk.
Frame damage is the number on issue that is sometimes overlooked. We at Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca have state-of-the-art frame straightening machines and personnel. We are extremely well-trained in using the equipment to provide the best possible outcome on frame repairs.
Fall is the time to take stock of your car’s overall condition and address the needs it may be displaying. Small scratches and dents to crushed quarter panels, dented bumpers and even roof damage can be dealt with here at Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca.
Come on down and see us today! You can also call us directly at (607) 277-7775 to set up an appointment. We look forward to working with you!