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With Ramazan approaching and the scorching summer upon us, here are a few tips to ensure that your car’s AC performs at optimal level:
- Check the car for low refrigerant gas levels through the eye-glass on the receiver-dryer (located at the upper right side of the bonnet and resembles a black bottle). If the liquid level is low, have it topped up by a mechanic.
- Check the receiver-dryer and expansion valve (which are located in the bonnet) for frosting; frosting indicates clogs which should be cleared by a mechanic.
- On average, cars lose up to 15% of their refrigerant gas annually, so have the system flushed and recharged with new refrigerant gas and lubricating oil every four years at a reliable workshop. Avoid workshops that give heavy discounts as they usually use low quality gas, which can damage the system.
- Have the condenser unit (located in front of the radiator) steam washed at least once a year to remove the dust to prevent choking.
- Clean the cabin air filter (located behind the glove compartment) to ensure an easy flow of air at least once every three months. On average, the filter needs to be changed every two years. Continue reading