An experienced mechanic has revealed the quickest solutions to ensure your car’s air conditioning keeps working this summer.
The auto guru, known online as the “auto wizard” and who has been in the industry for two decades, was thanked after sharing his top tips in a YouTube video that went viral.
He has explained to motorists how they can fix any air conditioning problems themselves rather than having expensive repairs done elsewhere – with a step-by-step ‘fix’ process to find out what’s wrong.
The online video shows the US-based mechanic working on a Honda in his workshop in Newton, Kansas – but he says the tips are applicable to many models.
The first thing he advises is to turn on the ignition and at the same time find out where the air conditioning compressor is in the car – whether it’s by consulting your engine’s manual or by doing a Google search.
He gives tips on how to check if internal cables are broken or burned out.
And he also advises a simple tactic: “Find your air conditioning compressor – and turn it manually on the nose.”
Repairing or replacing a “stuck compressor” is the most likely way to fix a misfiring air conditioner, rather than spending up to £1,700 on a whole new system, he tells viewers.
He also recommends how to find out if there is enough refrigerant in the system – when a low level indicates there must be a leak somewhere.
He tells any motorist who finds the air conditioner oscillating between cool and warm while driving, “That’s a sign the temperature is just a little low — just enough to trigger the pressure switch.”
The “Car Wizard” begins his 18-minute video, which also stars his wife “Mrs Wizard,” by telling viewers, “It’s getting warmer out there.”
“You are driving your car and the air conditioning gets warm.
“Before you take it to a store, here’s what might be wrong with the air conditioning.”
Other potential problems could include a blown fuse, he says.
His video has received more than 25,000 “likes” on YouTube and has been viewed nearly 1.3 million times.
Responses included, “Thank you for solving the mystery of these systems and what needs to be done to fix it properly” and “That was a very clear and easy to understand video”.
Another commenter said, “I really appreciate the free education you are giving us.”
And the “car wizard” was also told: “Air conditioning is complicated and expensive, so I appreciate the tips in this video – it could save you a lot of money.”
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