It’s finally here! Summertime is in full on heat mode and your car or truck needs regular attention. This is the time of year most of us don’t think too much about what our vehicle needs as we’re hustling off on vacations, day trips, the lake or mountains. Even though Wink’s Body Shop focuses on the outside of your automobile we also want to remind you that it’s important to take care of the inside of your vehicle as well. Making extra effort to care for your vehicle during these extremely warm months is imperative.
Wink’s Body Shop knows that many things can happen during the summer and want you to be safe and able to get to and from your destination. Mechanical issues arise quickly with the heat, so be sure you have a good automotive technician that you trust.
Winter may cause hoses to crack, but the summer heat can cause them to loosen and burst. Have your hoses and belts checked before setting out on a journey or just commuting to work daily.
Keeping Your Vehicle Cool in the Summer
We know you’ve opened the door to your car while it’s been sitting in the sun and felt like an inferno was rushing out to greet you. One of the easiest ways to prevent such a heat attack is to park in the shade. Unfortunately, shade is not always available. You know those windshield screens you see? Those work quite well for protecting your car from absorbing all the sun’s rays and can make that initial door opening far less drastic.
Cover your steering wheel and seats (especially if leather) with a towel or blanket. You may manage to air the heat out, but leather seats will hold the heat for quite a while…ouch.
Crack open the windows a bit to allow some of the heat to escape naturally during the day.
Check that air conditioning system! There is nothing like turning on the A/C only to find it blowing only mildly cool air or none at all. Our Ithaca body shop has expert trained technicians who can troubleshoot and repair your air conditioning system in no time. Most of the time, the unit simply needs a recharge.
Heat Dangers for All
Summer heat and vehicles are a deadly mix. Do not leave children or pets in the car unattended. Period. No exceptions. The temperature in a vehicle can quickly rise to deadly numbers in a matter of minutes.
Collision Repair in Ithaca
Wink’s Body Shop wants you to be safe this summer and hopes these tips will help.
In the event of an accident, our collision repair in Ithaca can get your vehicle repaired and back on the road quickly.
Always carry first aid items and survival products in case of a breakdown or accident. Keep a flashlight, phone charger, air compressor, blanket, flares or road markers, a good spare tire and jack system, water, and a small supply of non-meltable snacks. Waiting for roadside assistance can take time, and you and your family need to be safe (away from the roadway) and comfortable.
Wink’s Body Shop is your Ithaca body shop for repairs, detailing, painting, rust removal, and air conditioning repair. Let us take the headache out of those repairs, provide you with top quality workmanship, and expert technicians who know how to treat you right. Call us today for a free estimate.
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.