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Why does my air conditioner not work?

You may have been surprised this spring when you turned on the air conditioner to feel luke warm air. There are many components to your vehicle "air conditioning" system that can effect its performance. One of the many main components is the refrigerant that is circulating throughout the system. The refrigerant pressure change within the system is responsible for "cooling" the incoming air. Precise refrigerant quantity is vital for proper system operation. If the system is suspected to have an improper refrigerant charge level the only proper diagnosis will be to evacuate the system and measure the refrigerant removed. If the system is found to be low on refrigerant a leak diagnosis will be required.#ac #spring #refrigerant

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What does the check engine light mean?

The "check engine" light, usually an orange symbol on the vehicle dashboard, can indicate a myriad of issues. The light means that the computer in your vehicle saw a fault. Something as simple as a loose gas cap can cause this light to illuminate. Also something more complex such as a transmission fault will also illuminate the same warning light. Generally speaking if the warning light comes on you should limit driving until you have vehicle assessed to avoid breakdown and further issues. If the light is flashing you should stop driving as the "flashing check engine light" indicates a damaging misfire event. This light will not come on for routine service.#checkenginelight #warninglight #serviceengine

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What is a CVT transmission?

CVT is the acronym for "continuously variable transmission". A CVT is an automatic transmission that can change seamlessly through a continuous range of effective gear ratios. This style of transmission does not "shift" gears as a typical transmission does. This contrasts with other mechanical transmissions that offer a finite number of gear ratios. This is a photo of a new "Nissan CVT" prepped for installation in a "2011 Nissan Rouge"#CVT #CVTtransmission #nissancvt

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How do I add fluid to my windshield washers?

If the windshield washers on your car do not work the first thing to check is the fluid level in your washer reservoir. Open the hood of your car and Look for a blue plastic lid. The lid should be labeled washer or have a symbol of a windshield on it. From there its a one step deal, fill er up! If the washers still do not work contact your local servicenter for an indepth diagnosis.#windshieldwashers #windshield #wipers

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Why do my wipers make noise?

The short answer is that the wipers are likely worn out. Windshield wipers are in a harsh environment; ice, snow, rain, and then baked in the sun. The rubber will deteriorate and generally last for 6-18 months. The biggest contributor to wiper blades "chattering" is dirt and debris on the windshield. To make your wiper blades last longer make sure to regularly clean the glass and not to let the wiper blades run on a dry windshield. Clean the entire windshield with glass cleaner and a towel. You should also clean the wiping edge of the blade.#wipers #windshield #noisywipers

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