Summer is coming and most will be utilizing their vehicle’s air conditioning frequently. There are things you should know before you decide to flip the switch. From overheating, to saving on mileage, here are some commonly asked questions regarding your vehicle’s AC system.

Q: Is it better to keep the windows rolled down, or to use my air conditioner?

A: The answer to this question is, it depends on how fast you are driving. If you are simply driving around town, keeping the windows down will allow you to get better gas mileage. Once you hit the highway and speed up, your air conditioner is the way to go.

Q: I heard that you should always turn off your AC when driving up hills. Is that true?

A: On older vehicle models, driving uphill while using the air conditioner could cause it to overheat. However, the cooling systems in today’s vehicles are made to automatically divert power to the engine as needed. So, you can keep the AC on without fear of overheating.

Q: Is it true you should turn the A/C off before you turn your car on?

A: Older car owners may know this to hold true. Upon startup, an older car’s carburetor can create a huge power load This is made worse if the A/C is running. In newer designs, vehicle accessories (like your air conditioner) have been made to automatically shut off when the car is started.

If you have any concerns about your vehicle’s air conditioning system, call us. Our AAA approved and ASE certified technicians are ready to answer any questions you may have. Call Auto Works Automotive to schedule your FREE vehicle pick-up and drop-off service today.