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Do This with Your Car’s AC System Before Going to a Mechanic

Summer is here and car owners are starting to kick on their car’s AC. But what if yours is either not working or not working like it used to? Here are common mistakes car owners make when it comes to their car’s AC and what you can do before needing to take your car to a mechanic for repair.

Car AC Problem

Depending on where you live, you may not have used your vehicle’s AC system for a number of months. And even if you have---as part of your vehicle’s defrosting feature---you may not have noticed that it was working sub-optimally. But now with temperatures rising, that sub-optimal or non-functional AC becomes apparent---and something needs to be done about it.

Don’t Sweat It

While the AC system might at first seem like something out of your typical DIY mechanic comfort zone, in truth there are simple measures you can take toward isolating and diagnosing what is going on with your AC system.

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In fact, it is highly recommended that you should learn how to step out of your car repair comfort zone to avoid (1) making common mistakes that won’t solve your problem, or (2) being scammed with an AC repair that can cost you anywhere from several hundred dollars to a couple of thousand.

DIY AC Problem Solving

As a demonstration of what the DIY mechanic can accomplish with their car’s AC system, here is a very informative video by the Car Wizard YouTube channel that provides easy to understand details and a stepwise explanation on how to isolate the source of the problem and then do some repairs yourself and/or take your AC problem to a mechanic for servicing.

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Even if you do not do the repairs yourself, the value of understanding common AC problems and basic diagnosing of what is involved can help you avoid being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous service center or dealership mechanic.

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AC not working!!! The CAR WIZARD shows how to easily isolate the problem

And finally…

For additional articles about DIY repairs that can give you insight into auto repair and save some money, here are a few selected articles to consider:

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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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