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What's a Cabin Air Filter and When Should You Replace It?

What's a Cabin Air Filter and When Should You Replace It?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — The cabin air filter, a feature found on most late-model vehicles, cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. It c... Read More
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What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

By Rick Popely on August 17, 2016

CARS.COM — If your vehicle is giving off an unusual or sickening odor instead of that new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells can lead to expensive rep... Read More
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If I Seldom Drive, What's the Minimum I Should Drive My Car?

If I Seldom Drive, What's the Minimum I Should Drive My Car?

By Rick Popely on May 16, 2016

We recommend driving every two to three weeks to make it less likely that you wind up with a dead battery, flat-spotted tires or other issues that can be caused by letting a car sit for weeks. ... Read More
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Air-Conditioner Condenser: What You Need to Know

Air-Conditioner Condenser: What You Need to Know

By Rick Popely on April 30, 2016

The air-conditioning condenser is a radiator positioned between the car's grille and the engine-cooling radiator in which the gaseous refrigerant sheds heat and returns to a liquid state. Th... Read More
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Air Conditioning: What You Need to Know

Air Conditioning: What You Need to Know

By Rick Popely on April 30, 2016

When your air conditioner blows only mildly cool air or no cool air at all, it's probably low on refrigerant. That means it's probably time for an air-conditioning recharge, but there... Read More
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Air-Conditioning Compressor: What You Need to Know

Air-Conditioning Compressor: What You Need to Know

By Rick Popely on April 30, 2016

Want cold air in the summer or clear windows in the winter? Then you'll want a functioning air-conditioning compressor. It is the power unit of the air-conditioning system that puts the refr... Read More
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Common Radiator and Cooling-System Problems

Common Radiator and Cooling-System Problems

By Rick Popely on February 14, 2016

If steam is pouring from under your hood, a temperature warning light is glowing bright red on your dashboard or the needle in the temperature gauge is cozying up to the High mark, it's time... Read More
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Common Heating and Air Conditioning Problems

Common Heating and Air Conditioning Problems

By Rick Popely on January 17, 2016

Heating and air conditioning systems are maintenance-free for the most part, so when something bad happens, it's seldom because the owner neglected to have it serviced. The systems just wear... Read More
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Why Does My Car Heater Blow Cold Air?

Why Does My Car Heater Blow Cold Air?

By Rick Popely on January 17, 2016

When you're getting a blast of cold air, especially one you don't want, chances are that something has gone wrong in or around the heater core. It's a small radiator that generates h... Read More
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Why Does My Air Conditioning Run at Only One Speed?

Why Does My Air Conditioning Run at Only One Speed?

By Rick Popely on January 17, 2016

By Rick Popely, Cars.com The fan switch may be at fault, but a more likely reason is that a blower motor resistor that controls the voltage going to the blower has packed it in, resulting in o... Read More
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