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Prolonging the life of your car A/C

It is a common fact that automotive repairers fix more A/C systems in the summer months that in winter. This is often a costly exercise and often the inconvenice is enough to keep people drving in the heat with a broken air conditioner.

Running your A/C once or twice a week for 15 minutes will keep the system running indefinately. Remember you can still run A/C with hot air so even in winter it is important to circulate the system as the fluid lubricates the internal components reducing siezure and component failure and costly replacement.


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What weight oil to use in the summer in a 2003 pontiac grand am


heavier oils are fine in warm summer months, 10W30 or 10W40-
all cars ran on these oils summer or winter for years. Newer vehicles are designed for 5W oils and you should use a 5W oil for them in the winter months

Jul 15, 2016 | Pontiac Cars & Trucks

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How do I fix my Lg split system air conditioner myself because it will not stay on any more?


probably not beyond help just beyond your capability to fix as it needs to be properly tested to find exactly what is the fault
the price of a new one is considerable but against a technician call charge where you will find exactly requires repairing and that will allow you to replace any faulty parts cheaply
failure to get advice first will be more costly in the long run as you will be throwing parts at it without success.

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Does dehuidifiers stop working as hard in the winter months then in the summer months. Because my water bucket has not fill up since gotten cold. I live is Alexandria Va and it is winter here.


Generally speaking there is more moisture in the air during the summer months. As the humidity goes down in the winter your dehumidifier will not collect as much water because there is less moisture in the air.

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2003 Trailblazer: Rear Gate Window Pops Open While Driving While I'm driving down the road, whether a city street or on a freeway, the rear gate window will frequently pop open unexpectedly. This an annoyance for sure, but it's especially a hassle in the winter months. Is this common? Is there a fix for the problem? Thank You! GW


Controlled by a liftgate control module . A bad sensor input to the module is probably the cause . If you know nothing of automotive electronic's (control module's ) your best bet mite be to take your vehicle to a qualified repair shop.

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Black sticky residue in gas furnace vent pipe.


Unless this is some weird act of G-d, like sap from a nearby tree or something I will stick to furnace facts. LOL. Anyway, this sounds like an incomplete combustion situation. Let me explain. During the combustion process many elements are necessary to facilitate "complete combustion". If the correct combination is not met, the result will be a blackish residue. If you combine this residue with the condensation that normally occurs in the flu system, it could turn muddy or sludgy. This is can be a dangerous situation due to the amount of carbon monoxide (poison gas) nessessary to create this residue (similar to the film in the tailpipe of your car).

I would suggest calling another reputable company that offers true "combustion analysis" reports. The test takes around 30 minutes and they should be able to confirm my diagnosis. This test should cost anywhere between 100 and 200.00(US). Many times a simple adjustment to the gas valve or burner assembly will due the trick. Best of luck!

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