Day 51: Does your Air Conditioning blow?? (haha.pun humor hilarity)

Hot. hot. hot. I think I may even have mild heat stroke this sunny Monday.

With the heat like this, there are two options to stay cool in your car:

1. Roll down the windows and let your speed created wind cool you OR

2. Air Conditioning. (Yes, I know not all vehicles have AC, but that is just too bad for you).

Most of the time, nothing will go wrong with the first option, you just crank the windoes down or use your power window button if you have fancy fancy vehicle (LIKE MINE), but A/C can have it’s issues. Here is some COOL facts you should know about A/C:

1. Odd smells coming from the air conditioning may be caused by bacterial buildups

As your car becomes older, or when the air conditioning system is used infrequently, bacteria, micro-organisms, mold and fungi may start growing, just behind the dash panel on the evaporator causing some very unpleasant odors. Some even claim this can result in headaches and flu like symptom sometimes referred to as “sick car syndrome.”

This problem can be solved by using an anti-bacterial treatment that destroys the bacteria growth and leaves your car smelling fresh again.

2. If you car does not feel cold enough, then you may need to recharge your system

If you feel that your car doesn’t feel as cold as your friend’s car, then your system may need servicing. The air conditioning system in your vehicle is not usually covered by most manufacturers servicing schedules and the refrigerant gas that is used to operate the system depletes over time. On average most vehicles lose up to 15% per annum. This leakage can be caused when then system is not used during the winter months. Thus allowing the small “O” ring seals to dry out resulting in a gradual deterioration in system performance. If this continues, eventually the system will not be able to operate at all.

Most problems of this type can be put right fairly easily by a leak check of your system followed by a complete refill of your air conditioning refrigerant, this is sometimes referred to as a re-gas.

3. Running your air conditioning year round will help maintain the system

If you run the air conditioning in the winter it will help to keep the system well lubricated and leak tight. This is because the refrigerant actually carries the oil that lubricates the system and most importantly the compressor. It also keeps the seals and hoses moist, thus preventing them from drying out and cracking which can lead to leaks.

4. Strange noises coming from the air conditioning should be attended to immediately

If your air-con system suddenly starts making noises you have not heard before it is very advisable to have a qualified vehicle air conditioning specialist to have a look at it.
Some noises could be early symptoms of a compressor failure (the compressor is the air conditioning pump).The compressor is usually the most expensive part on the system ranging from approximately £230 to £600+ and if the bearings in your compressor break down or if the compressor seizes up it also means that other components can become contaminated with metal particles A flush of the system would then be needed as well as replacement of the compressor, the receiver/drier and the expansion valve – quite a hefty bill!

5. Don’t worry about a pool of water forming under your car after using the A/C

If you see a puddle of water on the ground, usually under the passenger area don’t be alarmed. This is a normal feature of the system as it is only water dripping from the air conditioning evaporator. The evaporator has a drain tube fitted to allow the condensation from the evaporator to drain away from the vehicle.

6. Excessive moisture inside the car can be fixed easily

Sometimes the drain tube from the evaporator may become blocked or detached allowing the condensation to build up inside your evaporator. If this occurs water will just build up inside your car to a point where there are damp carpets or misting / high humidity type problems. These problems can be solved with low-cost servicing.

7. Have your air conditioning serviced regularly, even if there are no visible problems

Just as the other systems of your car need servicing on a regular basis, the same is true for the air conditioning system. The compressor needs oil, or else it will seize up. The filter collects debris and moisture. If the filter becomes blocked, then the performance of the system will deteriorate and it can even quit working entirely (probably when you need it most!)

Normally the refrigerant gas in a car air conditioning system has to be recharged completely within four years from the manufacture date and thereafter every two to three years.

An annual servicing of your car’s air conditioning system will guard against malfunctions in the compressor and other vital parts of the system. Regular maintenance will save you money in the long run and guarantee you comfort in the hottest months.
Thank you for the helpful info!


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Day 50: Robbed and For WHAT???!?

Tuesday morning I woke up and got ready to go to work bright and early, only to end up 3 hours late!!! I blame the jerk who broke into my car and wrecked my morning!

My Car Robbery Story:

I wake up, get dressed, make myself a delicious smoothie, and go outside to head to work in my shiny (actually it was pretty dusty at the time) and find it with all the windows rolled down.

First thought: Did I leave the windows down last night? Nope.

Second thought: Did my boyfriend get something from my car this morning and leave the windows down? Quick call to him, and a second Nope.

Third thought: Why is the lock on my door all messed up? DAMN IT!

Final Thought: I hate thieves!!!!

So, after I realized that it was indeed a break in, I looked over my whole car to see what was taken. Weird thing is, they only took a jacket, a cheap pair of earrings, and my transfer papers. Why didn’t they take my stereo, or at least the faceplate? What about the change in my middle console that they had obviously opening? Why not my registration papers? Needless to say I called ICBC and the Police, and how I have a loaner car for at least a week and I don’t get anything for what was taken.

Just so you know: ICBC only covers  vehicle related items that are stolen, and only if they are bolted to the vehicle.

Lesson learned: Don’t leave anything in your car, let alone worthless things, because you  never know what a thief is looking for!


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Day 49: Last Chance Oil Change COUPON!

GET $8.00 Off an oil change at Great Canadian Oil Change. Just Print out this Coupon!!!

*** Expires tomorrow, so use it TOMORROW!

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Day 48: Under Pressure??? Not just an awesome Queen Song!

Engine Oil. Dirty Oil? Clean Oil? Oil Filter? Oil Pressure???

What do you know about your engine oil?

Most people agree that you are supposed to change your engine oil and filter every 6 months or every 5000Km, which ever comes first. To see what your own vehicle requires just check your vehicle handbook.

** Cool Fact: If you don’t have a copy of your vehicle handbook, you can order one from your vehicle’s manufacturer website!

I think most people understand that their oil gets dirty and that is why they need to get oil changes, however there is another reason oil changes are important!

Oil Pressure!

Having the proper oil pressure is very important to reduce the amount of wear and tear on your engine. Dirty oil is the cause of this wear and tear. Wear and tear on your engine causes you to lose oil pressure through worn out seals and valves or the burning of dirty oil.

Because of variances in temperature and normal higher engine speed upon cold engine start up, it’s normal to see higher oil pressure upon engine start up than at normal operating temperatures, where normal oil pressure usually falls between 30 and 45 psi.

And all that info together MEANS… Changing your engine oil and filter on schedule will ensure you have proper oil pressure and a clean, longer lasting engine!

** Useful Website Alert: If you decide to change your own oil, here is a very useful website!

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A-Team for Your Wedding??!?

I am very excited about the remake of the much-loved A-Team movie!

I am planning to see this movie tonight, and because I am a lover of the four-wheeled machines, I wanted to look up some stats about the new version of the A-Team VAN! This is pretty much the most badass van (not that hard, because most aren’t badass at all) in the history of pop culture.

This is the BEST thing I found!!!!!

They advertise this thing as “Perfect for your wedding!”

no joke. no joke.

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Day 47: Recreational Vehicle or Runway???

Sometimes gets it just right!

I think this is the best use of a car I have seen in a LONNNNNG time! Forget vacationing, use your RV for something way more interesting…

Is it real OR is it a youtube optical illusion???

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Day 46: Airplane? or Giant Pain?

I am planning an exciting summer holiday for July (and yes I consider the prairies an exciting holiday destination) and I was thinking about all the things I will have to do before I can enjoy my holiday…. the list is long!

Among paying my rent, buying a new bathing suit, making sure the lawn is mowed  and many, many other things I realized that MY CAR will be due for an oil change, tune up, and possibly new tires!

So i got to thinking, wouldn’t it be nice if I could get some of these things done WHILE i was away instead of having to rush to finish it before I leave!

I found a GREAT solution!!!!

Pawlik Automotive

This auto repair shop offers a very unique service: Service While You Fly!!!

“It’s the definition of convenience: have your car serviced while you’re away.

Pawlik Automotive is conveniently located 5 minutes from the Vancouver International Airport.  Have you vehicle serviced while you’re away on your next business trip!
  • Don’t pay expensive long term parking at YVR for trips up to 4 days long!
  • Have your vehicle serviced while you don’t need it!
During normal business hours we can pick you up & drop you off at the airport. For trips longer than 4 days, we will drop your vehicle at Park and Fly or Gateway Valet (your choice) and reduce your parking bill by 4 full days!

Suddenly we’ve made servicing your vehicle easy!”

Check out their services:

So if you are flying out of Vancouver International Airport, This could make your vacation just that much more relaxing!

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