Definition: A system that cools and dehumidifies air entering the passenger compartment. The system uses a refrigerant to cool the air and carry heat away from the passenger compartment. Major system components include a compressor, condenser, evaporator, accumulator or receiver/dryer, and orifice tube or expansion valve. Do not intermix different types of refrigerants in an A/C system. Use the type specified by the vehicle manufacturer (R-12 for most 1994 & older vehicles, or R-134a for most 1995 and newer vehicles).
Automotive Air Conditioners
Get a basic understanding of how the air conditioner in your car works and some of the implications of R-12 systems.
What's That Smell??
Does your air conditioner smell like a pile of old socks? Do you look under the seats for dead animals? Here is why you are getting that smell and what you can do about it.
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