Category Archives: Hybrid

Going electric


By Steve Schaeber, MACS manager of service training One of my favorite childhood toys was an electric race track set, but more fun than playing with it was taking apart the little cars to see what made them work. There … Continue reading

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Alternative fuel vehicle service


  By Andy Fiffick, MACS Chairman/CEO and Owner Rad Air Complete Car Care I come from a Ford family. My Dad retired from Ford in 1989, I have two brothers still employed there, and I worked at the company  for … Continue reading

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Gen 2 Ridgeline cools with R-1234yf


  By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor The 2017 Ridgeline is the second generation of Honda’s midsize pickup truck, redesigned and brought back in June 2016 following a short 2 year production hiatus. Like other manufacturers who are introducing new … Continue reading

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Hybrid and battery electric vehicle A/C


By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor Internal combustion engines have powered our transportation for decades, including the cars and trucks we drive each day. Over the years we’ve seen attempts to build vehicles that run on something out of the … Continue reading

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Insufficient A/C performance at idle


On some 2013 Chevrolet Sparks, the air conditioning duct temperature may be 10°F (5.6°C) warmer at idle, but is sufficient while driving .   Verify that the A/C pressures are within specifications at idle according to the A/C Performance Chart … Continue reading

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Do you know the basic principles of mobile A/C diagnostics?


The June 2016 issue of MACS ACTION Magazine challenges you on your knowledge of mobile A/C diagnostics. Download now to see if you really know what you think you know.

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A great MACS training weekend in San Diego


MACS presented two days of training at Miramar College in San Diego. MACS Trainer Tom Potter presented a Section 609 certification class on Friday, May 20 and a heavy-duty and off-road truck mobile A/C class on Saturday, May 21.   … Continue reading

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Tesla launches Model X with an industry-first HVAC feature


By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor The long anticipated wait has finally come to an end. Tesla Motors has officially launched their newest, all electric drive vehicle Model X to a cheering crowd at the company’s Silicon Valley Tesla Factory … Continue reading

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You don’t see that everyday!


While taking in the sights around Denver, Colorado last week we decided to drive up Mt. Evans for the thrill of being at 14,000 feet above sea level. There is also something wondrous about switchback roads at high elevation with … Continue reading

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A/C use and fuel efficiency, A MACS whitepaper


  Does using your A/C system cause you to burn more fuel? MACS attempts to answer that question in the attached whitepaper. Free download.   If you’re a service professional and not a MACS member yet, you should be! Become … Continue reading

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