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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Crash Course: What Makes up a Vehicle’s A/C System?

In the summer, your car’s A/C is your best friend. Not only does it keep you comfortably cool (even in Kelowna’s summer sun!), but the cool air can also help to keep you more alert on those longer road trips too. However, many people don’t know too much about their vehicle’s air conditioning unit. After all, most of us turn the A/C on without giving it a second thought. It’s one of those pieces of equipment that we only really notice when it isn’t working properly. So how does your air conditioning unit work and what are the various parts? Your car’s A/C system consists of the following key components: Compressor - the compressor is responsible for compressing the refrigerant in your A/C system. It hates moisture. Condenser - the condenser (AKA mini-radiator) is one of your compressor’s buddies. It takes hot gasses from the compressor and converts them into liquid form. The liquid is passed on to th ... read more

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Getting Your Car Ready for a Summer Road Trip?

Summer is here and that means summer road trips are too! Before you hit the road this summer, here are a few tips on getting your car ready for the trip... Check Your Tires Before you head out check your tread and tire pressure. The optimum tire pressure for your specific vehicle should be listed in your owner’s manual. Don’t neglect the tread/amount of wear on your tires. A downpour could make the roads slippery, so your tread still needs to be in good shape. Also, be sure to check the pressure of your spare tire too! Check Your Filters Often neglected, make sure your filters are clean and in good order. Dirty filters can lead to increased gas consumption and, in some cases, may even negatively impact your vehicle’s engine power. Get those filters checked! Check Your Fluids Make sure your oil, coolant, windshield washer fluid, power steering fluids etc. are clean and topped up! Test Out Your Brakes One of the most es ... read more

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