Tips from the Pro

Post: Coolant or Refrigerant: What’s the Difference?

One is a part of a car’s cooling system, the other the air conditioning system.  One keeps you from getting too hot; the other prevents your car’s engine from getting to hot. So which is which? It’s important to know the difference and how they both operate under the hood. What is coolant? When a vehicle’s engine is running, it generates a lot of heat. That heat is regulated in order to avoid damaging the engine….

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Post: 5 Simple Tips to Keep You Cool This Summer

When we think of summertime, pleasant thoughts of road trips with friends, chilling out at the beach, enjoying family barbecues, and the sounds of the ice cream truck rolling down the street often come to mind. But summer is not all sunshine and daisies. Well, actually it pretty much is. But for those that dread the return of Sweaty Back Syndrome in the dog days of summer, how can you keep your cool? If you can’t…

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Post: The ABC’s of Automotive A/C Recharge

Your air conditioning system can be pretty complex if you don’t have a basic understanding of how your A/C works. At A/C Pro® we help folks bring back the cold with our line of quick and easy to use all in one auto A/C recharge products. We encourage drivers to get to know their cars, how they work, and how they can make repairs themselves. But don’t be afraid to pop the hood! We’re here to…

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Post: The Most Common A/C Problem & How to Fix It

So you got up this morning, you drank your morning coffee, scanned your emails, showered and were out the door. So far so good. You noticed that today might be a little muggy. No problem—you are only a few feet away from the sweet, sweet air conditioned comfort of your car. You slip into your car, buckle up, turn the key, and switch the A/C fan on high. It is at that moment you realized that…

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Post: A/C Blowing Warm Air? It’s Probably Leaking.

Think about your refrigerator at home. When was the last time you had to recharge it? Your answer is probably never. Unless something is broken, you’ve probably never had to replace the refrigerant. But your car is an entirely different story. Refrigerant does not get “used up” or “worn out” in the process of absorbing and releasing heat in either your car or your refrigerator. So if the refrigerant in your system doesn’t get used up,…

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Post: #PoptheHood: A Dipstick’s Guide to Compressors

What is a compressor and how does it work? The compressor is often considered the “heart” of a vehicle’s air conditioning system. It’s the most vital component in the system. The compressor pulls the refrigerant out of the evaporator and pushes it into a condenser, and then back into the evaporator to complete the cycle. A compressor is an electro-mechanical pump, driven by a belt that’s attached to the engine’s crankshaft; however some newer versions can be driven…

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Post: 9 Items That Make Winter Driving Tolerable

Let’s face it. Driving in the wintertime is not enjoyable. With the sleet, slush, black ice, low visibility, and overall treacherous road conditions, it’s not the time for taking the scenic route or appreciating the sights. Gone are the days of sweaty back syndrome. Now, you’re driving in a frozen tundra on wheels. And while we love older cars, many of them aren’t as equipped to handle winter driving as newer models. That’s why we’ve pulled…

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Post: 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

Inspired by the most common New Year’s resolutions for people, we’ve come up with 10 resolutions for your car.

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Post: 10 Ridiculous (-ly Awesome) Gifts for Car Guys

What do you get for the car lover who seems to have it all? These 10 ridiculous (or ridiculously awesome!) car-themed gifts.

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Post: How to Be MacGyver

It’s great to have a garage packed full of tools and supplies, so that you always have exactly what is needed for any repair or DIY project you come across. Most people don’t have that luxury, though. And for the more resourceful among us, an expensive tool collection really isn’t needed. They can get the job done using whatever they happen to have on hand—even if all they have on hand is some loose change, a handkerchief, a…

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