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Automotive Technician

Heater Insight

January 25, 2022

Recently, a customer brought in a 2006 Honda Insight with a heater that was blowing cold but had no other vehicle concerns. A local garage had informed the customer the head gasket had failed; however, the owner felt a second opinion was necessary.
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A/C training for Tampa, FL area techs

January 13, 2022

MACS is bringing the best in mobile A/C training to Tampa, FL on February 4 and 5! Space is limited. Register today!
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The effects of air contamination in an A/C system

January 11, 2022

If you perform an Internet search for effects of air contaminated refrigerant on automotive A/C system pressures, you’ll find many results.  This information leaves no doubt that air contamination of refrigerant in an automotive A/C system can affect system pressures and temperatures
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Variable output scroll compressors

January 5, 2022

This compressor has been around for quite some time and the vehicles it is used on are getting some age on them.  However, they still show up in shops with regularity and there still seem to be a lot of technicians that are not aware of the problem, diagnostic procedure and cure. 
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When you don’t know about clutch wires

December 27, 2021

The conversation involved a clutchless compressor unit. A CSR who had sold one to a shop contacted me and said his customer (who was both the shop owner and technician working on the car) had just called him. There was a concern that the compressor didn't have a clutch wire.
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An overview of electronic variable displacement compressors

December 21, 2021

we have focused on electronically controlled variable displacement compressor operation and behavior.  It is important to have a good understanding of how these compressors operate and behave. This is because the percentage of vehicles coming into shops using these units is growing and will continue to grow.
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Helping your customer understand their A/C repair

December 16, 2021

To help service shop owners, MACS has created a 30-page consumer guide for your customers that explains how their car’s engine cooling system and air conditioning system works. “Getting to know your car’s air conditioning and engine cooling system,” details how these vital climate systems work and why they may require an extensive repair.
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The pulse width modulated duty cycle signal

December 7, 2021

Several years ago, when vehicles using these compressors were just starting to show up at shops for service with some regularity, we were searching to find some detailed information about their behavior to use in clinics.  There was not a lot of it available, so we borrowed several vehicles and did some videos.  The following are some clinic slides produced from one of those videos.
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Diagnosing electronically controlled compressors

November 30, 2021

When preparing to conduct diagnostics on a system using an electronically controlled variable displacement compressor, the diagnostic process needs to focus on four areas.
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Electronically controlled variable displacement compressors

November 16, 2021

what if" this system used an electronically controlled variable displacement compressor instead of the pressure controlled variable displacement compressor?   What would the results be?
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