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
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 instantly identifiable new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells ca... Read More
If I Seldom Drive, What's the Minimum I Should Drive My Car?

By Rick Popely on May 16, 2016

CARS.COM — If you're not a regular driver of your car, it can be easy to feel disconnected from the mechanics of the thing. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Not necessarily: We recomm... Read More
Air-Conditioner Condenser: What You Need to Know

By Rick Popely on April 30, 2016

There are many pieces to the puzzle of equipment that is the car air conditioner, but one vital component of your vehicle's cool air system is the air-conditioning condenser. A/C condenser i... Read More
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
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
Common Radiator and Cooling-System Problems

By Rick Popely on February 14, 2016

CARS.COM — 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 ma... Read More
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
Why Does My Car Heater Blow Cold Air?

By Rick Popely on January 17, 2016

CARS.COM — Why does your car heater blow cold air? Chances are that if you're getting a blast of cold air you don't want when you turn on the vehicle's heater or defroster, it&... Read More
Why Does My Air Conditioning Run at Only One Speed?

By Rick Popely on January 17, 2016

CARS.COM — It's hard to dispute that few things are as unpleasant as setting foot inside your car on a sweltering day only to discover that your air conditioner has failed you. Bu... Read More