As wonderful as the summer sunshine is here in Michigan, it can get pretty hot out there, and a malfunctioning or broken air conditioning system can quickly turn a fun road trip into a less than desirable ordeal. In addition to ensuring the comfort of you and your passengers, the cooling system is also responsible for regulating the temperature of your engine, preventing it from overheating and breaking down. All the more reason to take advantage of our handy AC service guide below, detailing key warning signs that it might be time to head into Graff Bay City before you hit the road this summer!
Your vehicle’s cooling system regulates the temperature of your engine and other components under the hood, flowing coolant through a water pump located between the engine and radiator. With help from the radiator, cooler air is then formed to lower the temperature of the engine coolant, which in turn keeps your vehicle at a steady temperature. High engine temperatures can cause serious damage to your vehicle, so if any component of the cooling system is not working correctly, it needs to be serviced as soon as possible. Here are some of the signs your cooling system may need to be serviced:
Temperature gauge is too high or too low. When everything in your vehicle is running smoothly, your temperature gauge will stay in the “normal zone”, which is the middle point between high and low. If your cooling system isn’t working properly, your temperature gauge could read too high or low. This could be due to a blocked cooling fan, or another component not working properly. If this happens, we recommend that you bring your vehicle into our service center at Graff Bay City, so we can give it a full inspection.
The vehicle heater is not working correctly. When everything in your vehicle is running smoothly, your temperature gauge will stay in the “normal zone”, which is the middle point between high and low. If your cooling system isn’t working properly, your temperature gauge could read too high or low. This could be due to a blocked cooling fan, or another component not working properly. If this happens, we recommend that you bring your vehicle into our service center at Graff Bay City, so we can give it a full inspection.
Your coolant is leaking. You should stay aware of any leaks from your vehicle, however you can identify an external coolant leak by an orange, yellow, or pink liquid under your vehicle. If you smell a sweet scent coming from your vehicle, you could have an internal coolant leak. In either situation it’s important to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible to have it inspected.
Your engine temperature light turns on. A problem with your cooling system could result in your engine overheating. If your engine temperature light comes on, you’ll want to address the problem as soon as possible because an overheated engine can cause serious damage to other components of your vehicle as well.
Performing routine vehicle service including inspections and coolant flushes will keep your vehicle’s cooling system running in tip top shape. We recommend that you bring your vehicle into our service center for a coolant flush every 24,000 miles or every two years, whichever comes first.
Did you know that during the summer months the cabin of your vehicle can get up to 40 degrees hotter than it is outside? This is why your vehicle’s AC system is so essential to your health and comfort during the summer. It works by sucking heat from the air in the cabin, pushing it out of the vehicle through the radiator, and then drawing cold air through the evaporator into the cabin of the vehicle. Regular AC service and inspection is the key to staying comfortable out on the road this summer. Here are some warning signs that you might be in need of vehicle service:
There are signs of a leak in the A/C system. A leak in your air conditioning system can cause costly future damage if the problem is not addressed in a timely manner and can be caused by a combination of moisture buildup and old components. Over time, the hoses and seals within your vehicle can lose their elasticity and cause moisture to accumulate in the system. Telltale signs of this issue include low air pressure from vents or a puddle under your car.
There is weak airflow from your vents. There are many different factors that can cause a weak airflow from your vents, including a hose coming loose, a loose or broken seal on the ventilation system, a broken ventilation fan, or even a buildup of mold or mildew on the evaporator core.
A bad odor is coming from your vents. If you have a bad odor coming from your vents, a dirty air cabin filter or mold within the air conditioning system may be to blame. If this happens, schedule a car AC service appointment with us for deodorization.
Cold air isn’t coming from the vents. A lack of cold air coming from your vehicle’s vents could be a result of a couple things including a leak in a seal, hose, or another component; a hose coming loose, a faulty switch or fuse, a damaged condenser or evaporator, or a failed blower motor. If you have a lack of cold air coming from your vents, we recommend heading for AC service as soon as possible to prevent a possibly minor issue from becoming a major problem.
If any of these warning signs occur with your vehicle, schedule a car AC service appointment with Graff Bay City and our team of ASE Certified technicians will take care of the problem. We also recommend getting in the habit of checking and replacing your air filter – just ask us to do so when you come in!
At Graff Bay City, we want to make sure that getting to all of your summer activities is as comfortable as possible! Our team of professionally certified service technicians will inspect and repair your cooling or AC system so you’re ready for any adventure this season. Schedule an appointment online, or feel free to give us a call at (989) 684-4411.