What's Involved in Servicing Your Car's Air Conditioning Apache Junction AZ

While most newer vehicles may simply be able to get away with having their A/C recharged, older cars and trucks may require a little extra attention. If you're confused by the laundry list of parts your mechanic says you need, don't worry, DriverSide is here to help.

Maaco Collision Repair
(480) 999-2689
3113 E Main St
Mesa, AZ
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
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Alignments, Body Shops, Painting, Welding
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Auto Aluminum, Auto Fiberglass, Auto Frame, Auto Glass, Collision, Dent, Suspension, Towing, Trailer, Wheel and Reconditioning

Adobe RV Sales Inc RV Traders
(480) 986-1760
11111 E Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ
Services
RV and Camper Repair

Al's Automotive Svc & Repair
(480) 983-7008
2220 S Idaho Rd
Apache Junction, AZ
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Brakes, Electrical Service, Emission Testing, Engine Repair, Exhaust Repair, Front End Repair, General Automotive Repair, Inspection & Diagnostic, Lubrication Service, Machine Shop Service, Maintenance, Wheel Alignment
Hours
Mon:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Wed:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Fri:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat:(Closed)
Sun:(Closed)
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Cash, Check, Credit Card

Diamond Custom Auto Repair
(480) 671-5766
Diamond Custom Auto Repair, 725 E 38Th Ave #1
Apache Junction, AZ
 
Lee Myles Transmissions - Apache Junction
(480) 982-9098
Apache Junction, AZ
 
Early's Automotive Services
(480) 474-4027, 001-2004
3045 East Main Street, Suite 103
Mesa, AZ
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Blue Seal Certified
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National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Hardy Glass and Mirror
(480) 288-4299
94 N Mountain View Road
Apache Junction, AZ
Services
Auto Glass Repair

R I T Towing
(480) 330-7447
2556 E Junction St
Apache Junction, AZ
 
1 AAA 24 7 Towing Service
(480) 983-1143
7138 E US Highway 60
Apache Junction, AZ
 
East Valley Mechanic
(480) 671-0304
1557 E 18th Ave
Apache Junction, AZ
 
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What's Involved in Servicing Your Car's Air Conditioning

What's Involved In Servicing Your Car's Air Conditioning By Zach Bowman, DriverSide Contributing Editor 
Summer is here in a big way, and that means your vehicle's air conditioning system is going to be under a serious strain before long. If you haven't had your system serviced in a while, now's the time. While most newer vehicles may simply be able to get away with having their A/C recharged, older cars and trucks may require a little extra attention. If you're confused by the laundry list of parts your mechanic says you need, don't worry, DriverSide is here to help.
 




If you think your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing cold, you may be able to get away with simply recharging your system. While manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as R-12, or Freon, researchers have found it is a leading cause of ozone depletion. As such, it's illegal to use Freon in your car today. Since as late as 1994, manufacturers have used R-134a to keep things frosty in the cabin. 
 
While you can technically recharge your vehicle's refrigerant yourself, its best left to a qualified professional if you're not confident in vehicle maintenance . All refrigerants have a tendency to displace oxygen, which means if you accidentally evacuate the system, the stuff could literally push the air out of your lungs. Not fun. Once you take your car to a shop, most technicians will measure the amount of pressure in your system, and if it's low, they'll add enough to get the reading within your manufacturer's specifications. They will then run your car for a few minutes with the A/C on high and use a special thermometer to measure the system's output. If it's not within the necessary parameters, you may have a leak somewhere in your system.
 
If you do have a leak, your technician will hook your vehicle up to a special refrigerant recovery system and drain any of the harmful gas from your car. At this point, most responsible shops will inspect all of your air conditioning hard lines to make sure there are no obvious cracks. They may add a tracer dye to the system to help out. The good news is, your expensive hard lines are usually made of aluminum and rarely fail. Instead, it's likely one of your system's components is the culprit. First up is your compressor.
 
An air conditioning compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. Simply put, it's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. An A/C compressor spins at a dizzying rate, and the more you use the cool side of your thermostat, the more likely it is to eventually fail or leak. One of the main differences between R-12 and R-134a is that the new refrigerant requires supplementary oil to be added to the system to make everything function. R-12 did not. If your compressor has run low on oil, it's possible the interior ...

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