Here at ACC UK Ltd, we like to bring you handy hints and tips on how to maintain your Volvo or Toyota and how to save money on your annual car running costs. We also like to keep you informed of changes to laws relating to driving and car ownership.
The blog this week is about what to expect from an air con service on your Volvo or Toyota. Read below to find out our tips:
There are some tips we can tell you that you can perform at home to see if your air con is in need of a service or some attention by a qualified and certified air con garage.
As temperatures are soaring this week plenty of customers are finding that they have an issue with their air conditioning and the phone is ringing off the hook for servicing. Opening your car door to a wall of trapped heat is most unpleasant, having to conduct your journey in that heat is pretty unbearable! As a lot of people don’t use their air conditioning throughout the year (you should use it in the winter to de mist your windows and prevent fluid sitting in the pipes) when it comes to needing it in these temperatures plenty of you are finding its either not working on the air is not coming out very cold. Most manufacturers recommend you service the air conditioning every 2-3 years and recharge with gas and lubricant. When the refrigerant is low the air conditioning will blow warmer air. As a result, your Volvo or Toyota’s air conditioning will have to work twice as hard to try and pump cold air which in turn puts strain on your engine and impacts your fuel consumption. Typically included in a car air conditioning service is an anti-bacterial clean, replenishing of the systems lubricant, evacuation of moisture from within the system, as well as a gas re-charge and a check for leaks carried out by a vacuum/dye test. It is estimated that a system can loose 10% of its gas a year so if you haven’t had a service and recharge for several years then its time you got your car booked in for a service. There is no point in having a re charge if you haven’t tested for leaks as you will literally be throwing money out of the window! One final point – make sure the garage you take your car to holds the required certification for performing air con re charges. Happy Motoring Folks!
Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015 and 2019, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, The LiveWire Excellence In Vehicle Servicing 2019 Award and The Aftermarket Excellence Award for Best Website 2019, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.