A seasoned mechanic mastered a technique for charging a car’s air conditioning this summer – and he’s ready to teach it to you too.
The Georgia mechanic posted a guide on YouTube detailing how he replaced his car’s leaking condenser, turning the air conditioning from lukewarm to lukewarm in the process.
In the video, JT The Car Guy methodically disassembles his car’s plumbing as he guides the viewer down the steps.
First, he says you need to make sure your compressor can actually be repaired and doesn’t need to be drained first
“Make sure there’s nothing inside,” he said. “Put in some pressure gauges and if you feel pressure, you have to evacuate it.”
After opening the hood of the car, he immediately got to work and removed the supercharger from the bumper.
First, he removed all the parts that blocked access to the supercharger and unscrewed the interfering parts of the bumper.
After the supercharger was released, it identified its connection points with the surrounding machinery.
In particular, he stressed the importance of carefully removing the transmission cooler, which is connected to the supercharger with a special clamp.
If you lose one of these clips, you will no longer be able to connect the car’s air conditioning system.
Next he concentrates on loosening small clamps between the compressor and the radiator and unbolting the AC wires connected to the compressor.
However, even after the compressor has been completely loosened, it is still possible to actually loosen it with some effort.
On some models, JT says, you might even have to loosen the bumper’s mounting brackets so you can lift it up and give enough clearance for the supercharger to fit through.
After finally getting his water damaged, dirty supercharger out of the car, JT went to work installing his immaculate new supercharger.
Although he didn’t show up installing the compressor, he said it was basically “a reverse of the removal process.”
The only tricky part, he said, was connecting the transmission cooler to the compressor.
While the idea of rooting your car’s inner machinery is undoubtedly intimidating, JT The Car Guy has made the process as easy as possible. A complete beginner probably shouldn’t do it himself, but he could still do it in a pinch.
For more slightly simpler car tips, check out The US Sun’s coverage of a simple six-step process for cleaning your car, or the secret to parking perfectly every time.