Why do I need to repair the AC on my Hybrid Car?

Do I need to fix the AC on my Hybrid Car or EV? You high voltage battery, whether it's nickel-metal hydride or lithium-ion based, has an internal chemistry that is vulnerable to high temperatures. Recently manufacturers have listed a measurable diagnostic range for upper limit temperatures allowed within the hybrid battery. For example a Fiat 500e has an upper limit of 130F up to 141F at which point a diagnostic trouble code will be set and the vehicle will deactivate the hybrid system as a means of protecting the health of the battery. The air conditioning system in a non-hybrid or internal combustion engine is considered an accessory and can be rendered inoperative if the vehicle detects an overheating condition. For hybrid customers the vehicle will follow a similar process and shut down the air conditioning and so the first step is to perform a thorough inspection of the vehicle which may include a cooling system pressure test and/or pursuing any diagnostic fault codes that m ... read more

What is an Engine Mount and why does it fail?

What is an Engine Mount?    An engine mount, also known as a motor mount, is a component used in vehicles to secure the engine to the chassis or sub-frame. It is typically made of metal and rubber or a combination of these materials. Engine mounts play a crucial role in supporting the engine, reducing vibrations, and isolating it from the rest of the vehicle's structure. What does an engine mount do?    The primary purpose of engine mounts is to provide a stable and secure mounting point for the engine while minimizing the transmission of engine vibrations and noise to the passenger compartment. They help absorb and dampen the vibrations and shocks generated by the engine during operation. Engine mounts also help maintain proper alignment of the engine, ensuring that it remains in its designated position within the engine bay. Signs of a damaged engine mount If an engine mount fails or becomes damaged, several issues can arise. Firstly, there may be an incr ... read more

What is a Blower Motor and why does it fail?

The blower motor in a car plays a critical role in providing proper ventilation and controlling the climate inside the vehicle. It ensures the efficient circulation of air through the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. However, like any other mechanical component, the blower motor can fail over time. At Green's Garage we service and repair all AC concerns including a faulty or non-responsive blower motor. Listed below are some signs your blower motor may have failed but please keep in mind the first step in any troubleshooting process is to perform an inspection of the vehicle to ensure that there are no underlying system faults.  What is a Blower Motor A car blower motor, also known as a heater blower motor or HVAC blower motor, is an electric motor that powers the fan responsible for circulating air through the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in a vehicle. It is typically located behind the dashboard on the passenger sid ... read more

What is Honda VTEC?

What is Honda VTEC?

What is HONDA VTEC? Honda VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) is a technology that was introduced by Honda in the late 1980s. VTEC is a type of valve train technology that allows for greater efficiency and power in internal combustion engines. This technology has been widely used in Honda engines since its inception, and it has become synonymous with Honda's performance and reliability. How VTEC Works VTEC works by adjusting the intake and exhaust valve timing and lift, depending on engine speed and load. In low RPMs, the engine operates in a "normal" mode, with the intake and exhaust valves opening and closing in a conventional manner. But as the engine speed increases, the VTEC system engages, changing the camshaft profile to open the valves for a longer duration and at a greater lift, allowing for more air and fuel to enter the engine, and increasing power output. Common Failure Points of Honda VTEC While VTEC technology is generally reliable ... read more

Why do car AC compressors fail?

Why do car AC compressors fail? When it comes to your car’s air conditioning, the compressor is one of the most important components. It's responsible for compressing and circulating the refrigerant in the AC system, which allows for cool air to be blown into the cabin. However, like any mechanical part, car AC compressors can fail over time. Let’s explore why car AC compressors fail, common signs of a failing compressor, the importance of having it tested and replaced by a certified technician, and what other AC components should be changed when replacing the compressor. There are several reasons why car AC compressors may fail, including: Lack of maintenance: Like any other mechanical part, AC compressors require regular maintenance to keep them in good working condition. Neglecting maintenance can lead to dirty and clogged components, which can cause the compressor to fail. Refrigerant leaks: If there is a refrigerant leak in the AC system, the compressor may fai ... read more

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