AC & Coolant

AC & Coolant
Interior view of a black air conditioning vent.

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Your vehicle's air conditioning system allows you and your passengers to enjoy a comfortable and safe ride. It is responsible for cooling, heating, defrosting, filtering the air and controlling the humidity.

There are three primary components to a vehicle's air conditioning system:

  • compressor

  • condenser

  • evaporator

The compressor pump is attached to the engine via a belt which drives the vehicle's refrigerant, in a gas form, to the condenser where it goes through a pressurizing process that will make it nearly ready to cool your car.

The refrigerant eventually makes its way to the evaporator and this is where the most important step of cooling down your car happens. The evaporator coil -- which helps water in the air to condense along with getting rid of pollen, dirt or any other elements that may be floating in the cabin - is key to your air conditioning working to keep you cool or warm.

If the air coming through your vents isn't as cold, or hot, as it used to be, those components are not working properly and it may be time to contact Tireman. We will check your vehicle's entire air conditioning system to ensure it is functioning for you. Let us help keep you and your passengers as comfortable as possible when you hit the road.

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Regular maintenance to your vehicle will help prevent expensive repair costs in the future.

As your vehicle burns gas, the engine generates heat. Coolant dispels extreme temperatures and helps your vehicle function properly. Without coolant, your vehicle would be susceptible to overheating and, eventually, a total mechanical breakdown.

Some of the signs that your vehicle may need a radiator flush include high-temperature gauge readings, steam rising from the engine, the strong smell of antifreeze, puddles under your car and the illumination of the coolant warning light.

The water pump is the central part of your cooling system. It guides the coolant between your vehicle's engine and radiator. In the case of pumps that have belts, they may wear which can cause a seal leak and they drip. If a belt breaks, heat can't be carried away from the engine.

An annual inspection of the cooling system is necessary to test coolant levels. If there is an issue, Tireman will help perform a radiator flush to keep your coolant flowing consistently through your engine. Our automotive experts will inspect critical areas such as the coolant system hoses, accessory belt, radiator tank leak and water pump in addition to checking for any visible leaks.

Tireman recommends having your radiator flushed every two years by one of our certified automotive experts. Stop by any of our stores to have your cooling system inspected by one of our automotive experts.