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Use caution when recharging A/C systems on hybrid vehicles


Some hybrid vehicles use air conditioning compressors that are operated by an electric motor instead of a drive belt. The motor’s insulated windings are immersed in the compressor’s lubricating oil. The oils used in these compressors have high dielectric (non-conductive) properties. DENSO has produced a chart showing that as little as 1% contamination by an improper oil can affect the dielectric properties. Continue reading

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New Custom Service Schedule for National Car Care Month


April is National Car Care Month and, in celebration, the non-profit Car Care Council has introduced a new online customizable service schedule, free to all motorists throughout the country. The personalized schedule and e-mail reminder service, powered by DriverSide.com, can … Continue reading

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April is Car Care Month


The non-profit Car Care Council reminds the industry that April is designated Car Care month, a fine opportunity for every shop to advise customers that maintenance counts. Using the program can be as simple as reminder e-mails or mailings to … Continue reading

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And in world news…


By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine Here in the U.S, we don’t see or hear too much about hydrocarbon (HC) based refrigerant gasses. At least 19 states ban their use in vehicles outright and there are a variety of … Continue reading

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Different view$ on electric$


Your political views often hinge on where you stand to view the problem at hand.

One state, Washington, is deeply concerned about the effect the popularity of all-electric cars will (might, may, could) have on revenues raised through fuel taxes. Since the e-cars don’t buy any petroleum fuel, the state’s transportation authorities foresee a drop in income, and thus a loss of funds available to maintain the roads and bridges used by both electrics and petrol-pushers. Continue reading

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Aging gracefully


By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine The news broke a couple weeks ago while we were at the MACS Convention, and you may have caught its mention on the nightly news. At the end of 2011, the average age … Continue reading

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Your future is electric


By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine On the face of it, that may not be news to you. Electric propulsion in one form or another is springing up everywhere, and almost every manufacturer on the planet is looking at … Continue reading

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Do you know what you don’t know about mobile A/C repair?


An intensely focused weekend of top-shelf mobile A/C technician training is scheduled for Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the training facility of the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide in Lansdale, PA. Continue reading

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Remembering the name


In many cultures, there is a saying along the lines of “A man is not dead if his name is remembered.” This is often illustrated through the number of statues, named highways, bridges, dedicated buildings, and names carved in cemeteries in every ‘burg and small town in the nation. Continue reading

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And then it got weird


Life with an electric car can provide another entry in our “Things you never thought of” file. Continue reading

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