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Pontiac Firebird Ac Compressor

How Your Pontiac Firebird AC Compressor Can Go Wrong

Being the core part of the air-conditioning system, the AC compressor enables you to keep your cool during the hot days. However, keeping your cool is impossible if the part that supposedly saves you from the heat is the one giving you headaches. Save yourself from the heat and find out what causes your Pontiac Firebird AC compressor to fail. Listed below are some of the common problems experienced with the compressor.

Compressor leaks

Leaks in the AC system are quite common for car owners, who often blame the entire air-conditioning system for it. Actually, leaks are usually caused by a faulty compressor. Your Pontiac Firebird AC compressor assembly is made up of a lot of moving parts that need a considerable amount of lubrication. The leaks would be the lubricants applied on these parts escaping.

It is fairly easy to see where the leak is coming from; yup, you can just take a look at it. However, there are electric leak detectors in the market that can help you if you are feeling a bit lazy today.

Compressor not turning

A clutch that does not engage causes the compressor not to turn, making the entire air-conditioning assembly to fail. However, in most cases, the problem is not really caused by clutch itself. If you would do a simple jumper wire test on the clutch, chances are it is still reacting. The usual causes of a faulty clutch are a blown or broken fuse in the assembly as well as disconnected or broken wirings. If these are the cases, a simple replacement would get you your AC system back.

Another reason for the compressor not to turn is the lack of lubrication. In most AC compressors, there exists a low pressure safety switch. This is a device that prevents the compressor from turning if the refrigerant level is too low, protecting the part from any further damage. And as you may have already have guessed, the only way to solve this is putting in more refrigerant.

However, you would still need to know what caused the refrigerant level to go low. Chances are: (1) a tube in the assembly is blocked, preventing a proper circulation of the refrigerant and oil; (2) there are holes causing leaks; or (3) you are using a wrong type of refrigerant for your AC compressor. Finding out which causes your car's AC to fail is only a matter of examining the assembly. If there are no holes and no tubes are blocked, then you are using the wrong refrigerant.

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  • Keeping the Cool of Your Pontiac Firebird AC Compressor

    Drives inside your Pontiac Firebird are bound to remain hot and irritating if you do not plan to take care of your air-conditioning system. During the hot summer, the last thing you would want to see is yourself regretting that you did not take your AC compressor for a checkup as you fan yourself some air. Do not wait until the hottest day of summer to give your Pontiac Firebird AC compressor some attention. Here are some tips you can follow to make sure that your car's compressor continues to cool you off:


    Get the right oil


    Car owners often try to save a couple of dollars by going for the cheaper products. However, frugality should be exercised elsewhere, not in the AC system. It is recommended to follow the dealers compressor oil recommendations stated in their manuals. Doing otherwise may cause a poor performance from the system, damage to the AC, and a possible health risk. R-12 systems typically use mineral oil, while R-134a systems are better with PAG oil or POE oil.


    Flush regularly


    There will come a time when the AC compressor's orifice tube, expansion valve, accumulator, condenser, or receiver-drier-or all of them at once, if you're lucky-will get contaminated by dirt. Regular flushing prevents the lubricant, coolant, and dirt to build-up; it is also the better option financially rather than replacing the contaminated part.


    Take it to a mechanic


    You should first know that tasks involving the AC compressor involve Freon, making it illegal for you to do it on your own unless you are certified by the EPA.


    The point to discuss here is how frequent you should have your Pontiac Firebird AC compressor checked. AC compressors of new car models or newly bought cars (and we mean from the dealer, not from the second-hand shop) are usually good for three to four years. However, that is no excuse to skip checkups. It is recommended to have the part checked once a year; it is further recommended for older models to have it checked more frequently. Doing so would not only save you money from a future problem with the system, but it ensures that your system would always be at its best performance.