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Vehicle Air Conditioner Repair is Not Always a DIY Project

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We’ve entered the hot part of summer in Murrieta, so you probably know by now if your car’s air conditioner is working or not. When a vehicle’s air conditioner stops blowing cold air, the first thing many people want to do is add refrigerant to the air conditioning system. While this seems logical, it can actually do more harm than good if low refrigerant isn’t the actual cause of the problem. It’s important to bring your vehicle in to your Murrieta auto mechanic sooner rather than later to diagnose the problem so it can be repaired properly.

Often, an air conditioning system that is blowing warm air is the result of a broken condenser fan. If repaired in a timely matter, this problem should not affect the rest of the system. However, if you add refrigerant to a system with a faulty condenser fan, it could cause an overcharge, which raises the pressure in the air conditioning system and can cause additional damage. Continue reading “Vehicle Air Conditioner Repair is Not Always a DIY Project” »

Reduce Your Chances of Overheating by Maintaining Your Vehicle’s Cooling System

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The cooling system in your car or truck is designed to keep your engine at the optimal temperature for the best performance. It does this by circulating a coolant, also called antifreeze, mixed with water through the engine and transferring the heat generated by the engine to the radiator, where it is cooled. Coolant/antifreeze also keeps the water in the system from freezing in cold climates. Coolant/antifreeze is specially formulated to both increase the boiling point and reduce the freezing point of the water with which it is mixed.

When a car overheats, it is because there is a problem with the cooling system. One of the most common problems that causes overheating is a low coolant level. If there is not an adequate amount of coolant circulating through the engine, it causes heat to build up. You can make sure your auto has the correct amount of coolant in the system by regularly checking the overflow reservoir. The reservoir contains markings or notches, which will indicate how much coolant needs to be added. Continue reading “Reduce Your Chances of Overheating by Maintaining Your Vehicle’s Cooling System” »

Dual Zone Climate Control A/C Problems in Toyota: Why We See this Common A/C Service Need

inland-auto-murrieta-toyota-air-conditioner-repairOne of the common problems we see is drivers who have issues with dual zone climate control.  Climate zone issues, which are found in all vehicles, including Toyota cars and trucks, is a common reason customers see us for auto air conditioning repair in Murrieta.

Typically, the problems we spot during A/C service have to do with a dual zone climate control where one side blows warmer than the other, even though they are set at the same temperature.

What are Dual Zones and How Do they Affect A/C Service Issues?

Dual zone climate control is designed to allow the driver and the passenger to have separate controls for individualized comfort.  However, sometimes, especially when it’s hot out, you want both sides to blow air that is as cold as possible. Continue reading “Dual Zone Climate Control A/C Problems in Toyota: Why We See this Common A/C Service Need” »

Can Your Air Conditioning Keep You Cool in the Hot Temecula Summer?

In Temecula and Murrieta we’re used to seeing summer days well over 100 degrees. And this year it’s already starting to warm up quickly. For most of us in the valley, the air conditioning in our vehicle is a critical part of getting around each day. Whether it’s simply driving to and from work or carting the kids around to school, sports practices or after-school activities, the air conditioner is definitely necessary in Temecula and Murrieta. It makes life a lot better when the A/C keeps you cool during the hot summer days. Continue reading “Can Your Air Conditioning Keep You Cool in the Hot Temecula Summer?” »