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Auto A/C Components explained
As confusing as auto A/C systems may be to some, it's nice to know that every A/C system uses pretty much the same components. That's true no matter if the A/C system is on a Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, GM, Ford, Toyota, Mazda or any other type of vehicle. Every system starts with a compressor and clutch assembly. That's used to pump the refrigerant. Of course there are always two heat exchangers; the A/C condenser and the evaporator. The evaporator absorbs heat from the air entering the vehicle while the A/C condenser gets rid of that heat. Expansion valves (TXV's) or orifice tubes are used to regulate or control the flow or refrigerant through the system. Then of course, all the components are connected with hose or line assemblies. Review the informative articles below for more details on the different components of the A/C system.
Also see:
How your A/C System Really Works
Diagnosing Auto A/C Systems
System Specific A/C Diagnosis Charts
A/C Diagnosis for systems with Variable Displacement A/C Compressors

Auto A/C Do's and Don'ts
Even as a consumer that has no interest in servicing or recharging their own auto A/C system, there are some do's and don'ts that you can review to help assure your A/C system operates at peek cooling performance. The articles also help to dispel some of the common myths about your A/C system.

Auto A/C Service? Need help understanding what should be done?
Shopping for the right auto A/C service can be frustrating. One shop wants to charge what seems like and 'arm and a leg' while the other shop says it just needs some refrigerant or freon. Who do you believe? Maybe you've just been told that your A/C compressor is seized? What's next? What's the proper A/C service procedures you should be getting when your auto A/C system quits blowing cold air? These articles will help you better understand the proper A/C service that should be performed.

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Auto A/C Help - Learn the do's and don'ts of automotive air conditioning
Help to understand what the proper auto A/C service really is
auto A/C system components explained

Auto A/C Condensers | A/C Compressor Clutch | Receiver Driers and Accumulators |
auto A/C Evaporators | More about Evaporators | A/C Compressors |
Expansion Valves (TXV) and Orifice Tubes | Don't discharge your A/C system |
Don't restrict air flow | Poor cooling? Don't run the A/C system | Never disconnect the A/C Compressor |
  Be sure the entire a/c system is leak tested | Your A/C Compressor is seized? |
Never let your A/C system get 'topped' off - adding refrigerant can create problems |
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More Auto A/C Help & Information Articles

Auto A/C Recharging and Adding Refrigerant | the Fastest A/C Recharge | Retrofitting and HPCO Switches |
Using Nitrogen in auto A/C service  | Retrofitting and your A/C Condenser |
After you recharge
| Vacuum Leak Testing? | Recharge with Liquid or Gas? |
Diagnosing A/C & the amount of compressor oil | Diagnosing a Bad A/C Compressor |
What happens with air in the A/C system? | Diagnosing Restrictions and low gauge readings |
What are the gauge readings telling me | What are normal pressure gauge readings for auto A/C? |
All about A/C Flushing Agents & Solvents | The truth about Suction Side Filters |
When should I flush the A/C system | Why do I have to Flush the A/C system? |
Don't be confused about flushing the A/C system | Alternative to Flushing A/C Systems |
Why manufacturers tell you not to flush the A/C system |
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