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Why Do I Need to Change My Air Filter?

Spring auto repair and maintenance in St Charles, Geneva and Batavia

Do you know how often your air filter needs to be changed? After 5,000 miles? 10,000? 50,000? The truth is that the answer can vary dramatically depending on who you ask. One St. Charles air filter replacement service may say one thing while your car’s manual says something entirely different. While there are no definitive guidelines, a good rule of thumb is every 20,000 miles. An air filter replacement at a local Geneva or Campton Hills auto repair shop is cheap and will lead to the following benefits: Read more…

Preparing Your Vehicle for Spring

Spring auto repair and maintenance in St Charles, Geneva and Batavia

With spring time right around the corner, now is the time to start considering the condition of your vehicle. The winter time can wreak havoc on a vehicle and without the proper maintenance, you could be in for a long spring full of repairs. The best way to get the maintenance you need for your car is by finding a reputable and experienced shop in your area. The more proactive you are with the repairs and maintenance on your vehicle, the better off you will be in the long run. The following are a few things to consider when preparing your vehicle for the warmer weather ahead. Read more…

Posted by: In: Air Conditioning 12 Feb 2013 3 comments

Warm weather or cold, Saint Charles drivers still need to think about their sedan’s air conditioning. Most Saint Charles people don’t service their air conditioning until after it fails. At Rx Automotive, we can advise you on your vehicle manufacturer’s preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on.

air conditioningMaintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the sedan’s air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can’t cool the air as well. We see that a lot at Rx Automotive in Saint Charles.

The refrigerant also contains a special oil that lubricates air conditioning components, and keeps the seals resilient. Low refrigerant and lubricating oil means that the air conditioning parts will wear out prematurely, and all Saint Charles car owners know that air conditioning repairs can be costly. At Rx Automotive, we recommended that the air conditioner be run regularly, even during winter months, to keep the parts and seals lubricated.

Corrosion is what leads to many air conditioning system failures for Saint Charles motorists. The small leaks mentioned earlier also mean that air and water can leak into the air conditioning system. This can lead to rust and dirt in the internal workings of the air conditioning components. This greatly accelerates wear and, ultimately, failure.

Air conditioning service at Rx Automotive starts with a visual inspection of the components for signs of damage or leaks. The compressor is driven by a belt from the engine, most often the serpentine belt, so it’s inspected for cracks or wear. The air conditioning compressor and other components are checked for proper operation. Then comes the leak test. If a leak is detected, often in a hose or connection, it’s repaired and the system is retested.

Then the old refrigerant is evacuated and the system is recharged with clean, fresh refrigerant. A final test insures that the sedan’s air conditioner is working, and you’re on your way.

How often this should be done varies from vehicle to vehicle. Your sedan owner’s manual will have the manufacturer’s recommendation and, of course, your Rx Automotive service advisor can tell you. It’s typically every two years.

If you’re not getting enough cool air you know something’s wrong. Also, if you hear strange sounds when you turn the air on, there might be a problem with the compressor and you should get it checked out at Rx Automotive. Replacing a bad A/C clutch in a sedan is cheaper than waiting for it to ruin the compressor.

Saint Charles drivers need to be aware that there’s one more thing that isn’t directly related to air conditioning service, but does impact the quality of the air in your sedan. And that’s your cabin air filter. This filter cleans dust, pollen, pollution and other impurities in the air that comes from the heater and air conditioner. The cabin air filter needs to be replaced when it’s dirty. If you don’t it’ll start to smell. Not all vehicles have one, so ask your Rx Automotive service advisor to check your cabin air filter at the same time they’re doing your air conditioning service.