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Here in North Texas, you could need to run your vehicle’s A/C almost year-round! But there are some months where the heat is unbearable. Don’t suffer in your car during those long summer days. A properly recharged and fully functioning air conditioning system will maximize your comfort while minimizing your gasoline usage. Let our fully trained and factory authorized technicians run an air conditioning performance test before you hit the road.
Air Conditioning System Check with Gauges
Temperature Test at All Outlets
Inspection with Leak Detection Equipment
Cooling System Inspection
Inspection of Belts and Hoses
Tips on caring for your vehicle in Texas summer heat:
- Excessive heat and overcharging shorten the life of your car’s battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, which will eventually destroy a battery. To get the most life out of a battery, Jeffrey’s Automotive recommends having the electrical system checked to make sure it is charging at the correct rate. If your car’s battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it often, especially in hot weather and add distilled water if necessary. Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt can become a conductor, which drains battery power. If corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator and inhibits the current flow.
- The cooling system also works harder during hot temperatures to prevent overheating of the engine. To keep the cooling system working effectively, the coolant and distilled water mixture for a vehicle’s radiator should be 50:50. As a reminder, never open a hot radiator cap when checking the coolant level in the reservoir. As a rule of thumb, the coolant should be changed annually on most vehicles. This will keep the cooling system fresh and clean inside, which helps prevent corrosion and assures that the coolant has the proper boiling point and protection
- A pressure test, thermostat test, a cooling fan test and a visual inspection for leaks and corrosion should also be done annually. Hoses and drive belts should be checked for cracks, bulges or frayed edges. The radiator should be kept clean by periodically using a garden hose and a soft brush to carefully remove bugs, dirt and debris.