Skip to main content

Cabin

Over 500 automotive scholarships available

October 14, 2021

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 school year on its Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Central website. Scholarships from UAF and more than 40 donor organizations are consolidated and easily accessible at AutomotiveScholarships.com.
Read Article >

Don’t try this at home

October 6, 2021

Don't try this at home! We do not recommend adding a machete to your mobile A/C tool kit. However, in Belize they do things differently. Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention.
Read Article >

Behavioral characteristics of various compressor types pt. 2

October 5, 2021

So now it is time to provide the correct answer along with information on why it is correct and also information on why the others are incorrect.
Read Article >

Understanding and troubleshooting data lines on heavy-duty trucks

September 23, 2021

Understanding and Troubleshooting data lines on heavy-duty trucks will be presented byLarry Turay of LETCO Enterprises. In Larry’s Saturday morning class, attendees will learn how components and subsystem inputs and outputs can influence HVAC operations. 
Read Article >

Cooling fan circuit analytics

September 16, 2021

What is Peter Orlando’s class Cooling Fan Circuit Analytics about? It all began decades ago as a mechanical fan attached to the water pump with and without a fan clutch.  And now it has evolved into an efficient complex electrical motor control of cooling the modern internal combustion engine.
Read Article >

A burned clutch is a symptom of another problem

September 14, 2021

Not much thought is given to compressor clutches until they fail, but they are extremely durable.  I have personally owned three vehicles that had between 200, 000 and 240,000 miles on them.  They all still had the original compressors and clutches, and they were still functioning perfectly.
Read Article >

Facts to know about the compressor clutch coil

September 7, 2021

Checking the clutch air gap before installing a compressor is an important step in compressor installation. This is because of the possibility of a clutch air gap getting knocked out of adjustment due to rough handling or it being gapped incorrectly at the factory.  These issues of course can cause problems with clutch operation.  If detected and corrected before compressor installation, a lot of time can be saved.
Read Article >

Finding right side up

August 3, 2021

Most condensers have different fittings on the inlet and outlet.  The locations of the inlet and outlet on most condensers will not allow lines to be connected incorrectly, even if the fittings do happen to be the same size.  Lastly, the designs of the mounts on most condensers prevent a unit from being installed upside down.  However, none of these characteristics apply to the condenser the technician had installed. 
Read Article >

Did you install the condenser upside down and backwards?

July 27, 2021

The vehicle was a 1998 Chevrolet C 1500 truck with a 5.7 engine. The issue was excessive high side pressure. Almost as soon as the compressor clutch engaged, the high side pressure was over 400 PSI, and the high-pressure cut-off was turning the compressor on and off.
Read Article >

Top three tips on orifice tube behavior

July 20, 2021

In the last four MACS blog articles we covered a lot of detailed information about orifice tube system behavior. We examined a system with a full refrigerant charge verses a 25% undercharge. Now it is time to condense it all down into three important takeaways.
Read Article >