Maintenance, Service & Repair
Air Conditioning Maintenance
Most Warwick RI area car owners on Greenwich Bay donít service
their air conditioning until after it fails. Maintaining your car or
truck air conditioning system means that you always have enough
refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the air
conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system
canít cool the air as well.
Along with the refrigerant, a special oil circulates in the system.
The oil lubricates air conditioning components, and keeps the seals
resilient. Low refrigerant and lubricating oil means that the air
conditioning parts will wear out prematurely, and we all know that
air conditioning repairs can be costly in the Ocean State, even
though we're surrounded by all of the wonders of Southern New
conditioning service at International Motor Group in Warrick RI starts with a visual inspection of the components for signs of
damage or leaks. The compressor is driven by a belt from the engine,
most often the serpentine belt, so itís inspected for cracks or
The air conditioning compressor and other components are checked for
proper operation by your IMG service technician. Then
comes the leak test. If a leak is detected, often in a hose or
connection, itís repaired and the system is retested. Your
International Motor Group technician will also perform a temperature drop
If needed, the old refrigerant is evacuated and the system is
recharged with clean, fresh refrigerant. A final test insures that
the air conditioner is working, and youíre on your way.
How often this should be done at International Motor Group varies from vehicle to
vehicle. Your car or light trucks ownerís manual will have the manufacturerís
recommendation and, of course, your considerate IMG service advisor
can tell you. Itís typically every two years.
"Running your vehicles Air Conditioning in the Winter
months can help maintain your A/C system"
Letís talk about air conditioning service and repair issues for
Warwick RI. Most of us living in cities such as Providence, Warwick,
North Kingstown, Coventry, Cranson and any other suburbs on
Greenwich Bay or Southern New England donít give our air conditioning a
second thought as long as itís making cold air. But itís a complex
system that we should think about before it starts
blowing hot air.
refrigerant in the air conditioner contains a special oil that
lubricates and cools the A/C parts. This oil is eventually used up.
Your air conditioner still makes cold air, but the parts donít have
oil to protect them and they wear out faster than they should so
itís important to service the air conditioner as recommended by your
IMG service center.
Replacing old refrigerant has another benefit: refrigerant tends to
gather moisture and become corrosive. That causes leaks in the
system which can be expensive to repair. Fresh refrigerant protects
the air conditioning components and keeps the system operating at
peak efficiency so it doesnít have to work as hard to keep you cool.
Even with regular service A/C parts can just wear out. Normal wear
and tear eventually gets to all moving parts.
Addressing early problems can save on more extensive repairs down
the road. For instance, a common failure is the clutch that turns
the compressor on and off. If you can take care of a bad A/C clutch
when it first starts having problems, you may be able to save the
compressor. Wait too long and youíll have to replace both.
Check your ownerís manual or ask our service advisor
at International Motor Group for service recommendations. And if youíre
hearing strange sounds when your air conditioning turns on, or if it
just isnít as cold as it used to be, have International Motor Group
at 4614 Post Road in Warwick R.I. 02818 see what itíll take to keep you cool.
We Repair, Maintain & Service Import
European Cars, Trucks &
IMG's factory trained, A.S.E.
Certified Technicians will ensure your Import or Domestic Car,
Truck, SUV or Van receives the best
in parts, and quality auto repair. IMG can handle all the routine
service your car or light truck requires. We have all the
factory diagnostic equipment and the skills necessary to fix
problems with ESP, Check Engine, SRS, ABS, and climate control
systems. From our East Greenwich Warwick RI service garage, we can perform any
other service or scheduled maintenance on your vehicle including
brake, suspension and exhaust system work.
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