Is your air conditioninglosing its cool?

People don’t give their automobile air conditioning a second thought, until it breaks down in 30 degree weather, that is. Automotive AC systems have gotten more and more complex; the units undergo heavy punishment in the summer heat, and they are equipped with plenty of hoses to dry out and crack or loosen and leak. Your AC system is basically a breakdown waiting to happen! So, before the intense heat of summer kicks in, maybe you should give your AC a little TLC.

First, here’s a little AC 101 to help you get your bearings. Refrigerant used in today’s AC systems is unique in that it’s mixed with a special oil that both lubricates and cools the unit’s moving parts. But when the refrigerant gets old, the oil evaporates, leaving moving parts unprotected and prone to wearing out. Old refrigerant also tends to retain moisture, which leads to corrosion inside the unit. So make sure your refrigerant gets checked. Also, common AC failure is caused by the clutch that turns the compressor on and off breaking down.

The good news is, if you ever hear strange sounds coming from the unit, or it simply stops cooling as efficiently as it once did, there’s a good chance if you catch the problem early enough you might still be able to avoid replacing the compressor. At the first sign of trouble, talk to your local NAPA AUTOPRO service adviser. He/she can zero in on the problem fast and maybe save you a major repair down the road.

Don’t forget to pack the roadside assistance!

Technological advances have made cars so much more reliable today, something we can all appreciate, especially come vacation time. Too bad we can’t say the same for humans! We all make mistakes from time to time. Like failing to notice the gas tank warning light switch on, or locking our keys inside the car. Then there are the other mishaps like flat tires and dead batteries. When you’re that driver in distress, thank goodness for that knight in shining armor, the NAPA roadside assistance program.

Did you know that to could be eligible for some programs?

Just visit your local NAPA AUTOPRO and ask about the NAPA’s Emergency Roadside Assistance. It’s that easy! It’s absolutely free, and you’ll benefit from an amazing range of coverage, including towing charges up to 40 km, battery boosts, key lock-out service, running out of gas, plus flat tire changes. That’s right, and all you have to do is call the 1-866 number on your card/window sticker, and help from NAPA AUTOPRO emergency roadside assistance is on its way. All you pay for is the extra gasoline they bring you or the cost of making a new key if required.

What better way to start a summer holiday than knowing NAPA’s got you covered for the most common, trip spoiling mistakes and mishaps that can swallow up precious vacation time.