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When I began thinking more seriously about car issues, it occurred to me that there were a few things I needed to do if I wanted to make things easier for myself in the long run. For starters, I began taking my car in for regular auto service, which really helped out. It was really interesting to see how many different things had to be fixed every time I went in, but when my car didn't have as many problems, I could tell that it was really paying off. This website is all about understanding and preventing car problems by making better choices.



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Maintaining Your Semi's AC System

by Micheal Barrett

Semi truck drivers spend a significant amount of time on the road, so having access to a comfortable cabin is essential. Maintaining a cool temperature is critical to your comfort during the warm summer months. Access to a reliable air conditioning system in your truck can help you stay alert and reduce the amount of discomfort you feel while completing delivery runs.

You don't have to be an experienced mechanic to maintain your AC system. There are some simple things you can do regularly to ensure your air conditioner functions properly well into the future.

1. Check the condition of the drive belt.

Your semi truck's air conditioning system is powered by a compressor that circulates coolant through the closed system. This compressor must turn regularly in order to function properly, and the drive belt is responsible for creating the power needed to turn the compressor.

Drive belts are made from durable rubber materials, but these belts can begin to show signs of wear over time. Inspect your truck's drive belt for cracking, stretching or other signs of wear that could indicate failure is imminent. Have your mechanic replace the drive belt to prevent a loss of cool air in your semi's cabin.

2. Clean out the blower fan.

Although your truck's engine bay is enclosed, critters can find their way under your semi's hood and take up residence in your blower fan. Mice, birds, and other pests can build nests within the blower fan.

These nests block air from leaving your air conditioning system properly, placing unnecessary stress on the AC system that could result in premature failure. If you hear a rattling or vibrating sound coming from your vents when you switch on your semi's air conditioner, it could be time to clean out the blower fan.

3. Keep the evaporator box clean.

Your nose can be a great diagnostic tool when you are trying to care for your semi's air conditioning system. If you notice a moldy or mildew-type smell emanating from your vents, these odors could indicate that your AC's evaporator box needs cleaning.

Moisture can build up inside the evaporator box over time, especially on warm days when your AC system is in continual use. This moisture creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Cleaning out the evaporator box will eliminate foul odors and prevent mold or mildew from compromising the efficiency of your semi's AC system. Contact a shop, like Color Country Diesel Inc for more help.