Understanding Your Car’s AC System

Air conditioning (AC) systems are pretty simple. You turn them on, cold air blows out and soon the inside of your hot car is nice and comfortable. It’s almost magic but ever wonder how this all works? Exactly how do you make “cold air” anyway?

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What You Should Know About Engine Vacuum Leaks


It doesn’t happen often in newer cars but all cars can develop “vacuum leaks.” It’s a situation where a hose or engine gasket has failed and outside air gets pulled into the engine while its running. This can create all sorts of problems, some of them being significant but most just leading to poor engine performance. In general, fixing a vacuum leak is something that you leave to your mechanic but they are worth learning about. You never know when a mechanic is going to say to you, “you’ve got a vacuum leak that I have to find.”

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Challenges with Going Green


Going green isn’t always easy, particularly for some folks at the lower end of the economic spectrum. This is a challenge all green activists must confront.

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Bluetooth vs AUX inputs in Your Car


Listening to music in your car used to be a pretty simple proposition. For the good part of a century, you had two choices of audio to listen to: the first was AM radio stations and the second was FM radio stations. That was it. Then the march of technological progress delivered us various prerecorded audio formats such as eight track tapes, cassettes and CDs. Today we still have AM-FM radio, of course, but prerecorded audio is generally enjoyed by capturing it via wireless Bluetooth connections or by wired AUX input ports. The question is: Which is the best way to listen to audio in your car? The sales staff at Kims Chevrolet of Laurel, a local Chevrolet dealer in Laurel, MS, say they get asked this all the time by prospective buyers. Let’s take a look.

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Why Isn’t My USB Port Charging My Phone?


You know what’s annoying? When you plug your smartphone into your car’s USB port and it doesn’t charge. Has this happened to you? Kims No Bull of Laurel, MS, a local Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Toyota, Nissan, Chevrolet dealer sells a lot of cars so they hear about this often. Well, here’s the reason why: not all car USB ports are designed to charge phones, or even power any peripheral devices at all. They are simply there to transfer data to the car’s infotainment system, not to charge anything.

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