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Monthly Archives: June 2021

TPMS

TPMS

TMPS; you’ve heard that term before, but what does it mean? It stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Just like the name suggests; they monitor your tire pressure. Most cars today have one on each tire. Sometimes spare tires will also have a TPMS. When this warning light comes on, do not ignore it! So, I had this light come on for my car. They found a nail in the tire. Non-repair zone… of course. Got 4 new tires because of being 4 wheel drive. The light came on again this weekend!! Now the TPMS sensors will need to be checked and the faulty one(s) replaced. The tech will hook up a special tool that sends a signal to the TPMS and see if a signal is sent back. They will need to check all the sensors because it could be more than one sensor that is bad. “The Car Care Council’s new video about the TPMS system explains the meaning of the symbol on your dashboard and its importance to vehicle safety,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. The new TPMS video from the Car ... read more

History of the Automobile A/C

History of the Automobile A/C

The history of A/C for our cars is a very interesting one. Can you imagine not having A/C as option? Me either! The First Patent The first patent for a production automobile was issued In 1886. This is what the vehicle looked like. As you can see it has no windshield, roof, doors or windows. Mother Nature was their air conditioning! The 20’s, 30’s and 40’s By 1921, most cars were enclosed and a small electric fan could be added. These fans circulated the air, but did not cool the air. This was a welcomed addition to many vehicles. In 1930, the “car cooler” became available. It used the evaporation of water to cool the air inside cars. This cooler air was blown in through the open passenger side window. The down-side was that it would only work in areas with very low humidity! However; people were very appreciative of this invention. The 1940 Packard was the first car to offer factory-installed air-conditioning. The cooling system was lo ... read more

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