An A/C Renegade


By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor

A few months back, I attended the Philadelphia Auto Show, and being a Jeep owner, naturally stopped by to check out the new lineup.

FCA launched the all-new Jeep Renegade earlier this year.

FCA launched the all-new Jeep Renegade earlier this year.

Surely you’ve heard that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been the largest adopter of the new R-1234yf refrigerant thus far, but it doesn’t stop there.

The 2016 Jeep Renegade uses 450 grams or about 15.8733 ounces of R-1234yf refrigerant. That’s just under 1 pound!

The 2016 Jeep Renegade uses 450 grams or about 15.8733 ounces of R-1234yf refrigerant. That’s just under 1 pound!

If you look close enough, there’s quite a bit of never-before-seen technology and components on a few of their vehicles.

Adding this symbol to the service port cap stands as a blatant warning of the refrigerant’s flammability.

Adding this symbol to the service port cap stands as a blatant warning of the refrigerant’s flammability.

We never expected to see this type of tubing used on a mobile A/C system, but a bit of testing by MACS may help to explain why FCA decided to utilize plastic in the construction of their high pressure A/C lines. While cost surely plays a role, plastic is also lighter in weight and less susceptible to heat transfer.

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Plastic A/C lines? You better believe it!

We can’t wait to see how much farther they take this technology, and if it will get incorporated into other vehicles.

Have you seen something amazing in mobile A/C? Why not share it with MACS! Send an e-mail to steve@macsw.org or check out our website at www.macsw.org for more information!

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Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues. www.macsw.org
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