If you drive a 2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V, you’ve more than likely had your share of problems with the AC system. It may seem like there is always a problem with it or that it’s never completely trouble free, right? After countless days in the repair shop and enormous amounts of money spent, you may start to think you’re going crazy. But rest assured that you’re not insane and the hidden culprit causing constant headaches is what’s known to many mechanics as the BLACK DEATH!
If your part of the country is hot even just a few days out of the year, you already know how important the AC system is when you’re driving. Driving around town in stop-and-go traffic won’t give you enough cooling breeze even with the windows down and a long commute in the heat can leave you sweaty and your clothes stained. Worse still is hot summer rain without functioning AC. In most modern cars the AC system is also employed as a dehumidifier and when it’s broken you can end up with foggy windows that are not only annoying, but also incredibly dangerous when you’re trying to see well enough to drive.
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Air conditioning is like iced tea. Nobody ever said, “Wow, this lukewarm iced tea is awesome!” Same goes for your car’s AC system – it has to be cold. Tepid simply won’t cut it. With this in mind, we’ll review some ways to keep that AC air freezing (not quite see-your-breath cold, but darn close).
It’s funny how some of us take our car’s air conditioning for granted. When it’s hot outside, we just click the “AC” button and turn the fan setting to “MAX” – without ever giving it a second thought. The Evaporator, AC Condenser and everything else do their jobs, and everything’s OK. The only time we really think about how everything works is when it doesn’t work. We’ve compiled this graphic to show exactly what happens when your air conditioning system is up and running. It’s not quite magic – a lot of science is involved – but the dynamic interplay between all the components (AC Compressor, Condenser, Drier and other key players) is pretty cool (actually cold!) to consider.
It’s 90 degrees outside. Things are really heating up. It’s an inferno out there. Now is not the time to experience car A/C issues. When you hit that little “A/C” button on the dashboard, you expect the cold air, and quick. When warm air arrives instead…well, it’s time to hit the “panic” button, right?
There’s nothing quite so annoying and uncomfortable as getting into your reliable old car on an especially hot day and finding that the air conditioning’s just not what it used to be. It’s easy to give up on it and assume that it would be too expensive or too difficult to fix, leaving you in a pretty bad place on hot days. Fortunately, getting the A/C up and running back to its comfortable old self isn’t all that hard. With an easy-to-find part and twenty minutes of tinkering, you can find yourself enjoying your drive time a whole lot more.
Your car’s A/C system keeps everything cool inside, even if it’s scorching outside. When one component fails, the air conditioning system fails. That’s why it’s important to realize the major parts involved with your auto’s A/C. Our AC Compressor Buying Guide provides plenty of in-depth information on what to look for when buying an A/C compressor.
It’s hot outside. You get in the car and start the engine. It’s too hot to put the windows down – it’s definitely an air conditioner-type day. You press the A/C button and, within seconds, cold air is blowing throughout your car. Not even a minute later, your entire car cabin is cool & comfortable.
Spring is in full swing, and those steamy, sweaty summer months are right around the corner. Is your car’s air conditioner ready? When the significant others (wife and kids) demand chilly temps to offset the sweltering summer climate…well, it’s time to get that A/C performing properly. What can you do to ensure an icy auto interior? We’ll look at the question from two different ways.