The COVID-19 pandemic is an incomparable, once-in-a-lifetime global public health, societal and economic disruption. Since it was identified in 2019, over fifty key countries have declared a national emergency in response to the coronavirus. It has affected just about every person and every industry on the planet, and the repercussions are projected to have impact
A lot of factors must be considered when buying new merchandise to stock a retail establishment. The experts at FJC can help you successfully navigate these factors, but in the meantime here are some considerations to get you thinking strategically. Merchandising Strategy Generally speaking there are two contrasting Mechandising Strategies: whether to carry a large
To keep your automotive A/C running well throughout the year, it’s important to be proactive. An annual inspection is recommended, ideally during the Fall or Spring seasons. Many use the change to or from Daylight Saving Time as an inspection reminder. Note: Always use extreme caution when under the hood with the engine running. Use
Before servicing a vehicle, confirm system refrigerant type. Cross contamination of refrigerants can cause damage to A/C system, service tools and equipment. Be sure to always use protective hand and eye wear. The right (red) side of the manifold is the high side and the red gauge is the high pressure gauge. The left (blue)
Service port caps are the primary seal for a vehicle’s A/C system’s service ports. Once again, FJC is on the forefront of the automotive air conditioning market by being one of the few providers of R-1234yf high and low side service port caps. We offer a variety of sizes, post lengths and provide each with
Automotive air conditioning is a self-contained system which cools the cabin of a car by changing the phase of refrigerant from gas to liquid and back again by applying and releasing pressure on it. Each part of the system is connected by tubing or hoses which form a closed loop through which the refrigerant flows.
One of the most common problems causing a mobile A/C to blow warm, especially after a long winter or period of non-use, is a refrigerant leak. While it can be a DIY repair, diagnosing and fixing an automotive A/C system that is not blowing cold air takes a multi-faceted approach. Begin with a visual inspection.
Have you ever experienced a sweltering day where you started your vehicle, cranked the A/C and a few moments later realized it’s simply not generating cold air? It’s happened to most of us at one point or another. But what do you do about it? Live without A/C? Drive directly to your local shop or
Refrigerant and DIY tools for Automotive A/C repair are readily available at any auto parts store. While this “ease of access” somewhat translates into “ease of use,” it is imperative to be aware at all times of the potential risks of working on an A/C system and to minimize those risks from the get-go. Be
As always, FJC is on the forefront of many exciting innovations in the automotive aftermarket air conditioning market. We have integrated the ideas of the most forward-thinking people in our industry to create new products, and improve existing products, to better meet the changing needs of the automobile A/C industry. In this post we will
At FJC we are monitoring a trend in the automotive air conditioning aftermarket towards the professional tech, as opposed to the DIYer. Some reasons for this change are: Complexity of newer vehicles and A/C systems Time Management—car owners don’t work on their cars as much has they had in the past Knowledge—manifold sets and vacuum
(1) Is it bad to run an automotive air conditioner when it’s cold out? Running the a/c in the winter months does not cause any harm to the car’s heating and cooling system. In fact, there are many benefits to running the car’s air conditioning in the winter: it helps dehumidify the air, reducing window fog
As electric and hybrid vehicles continue to gain in popularity, we have been receiving an increasing number of inquiries regarding OEM requirements, safety precautions and general procedures regarding the A/C evacuation, recycling, and charging procedures on these vehicles. In 2020, in addition to knowing whether your vehicle’s A/C system uses R-12 refrigerant (pre-1996 model year
No. No, it’s not. A properly functioning vehicle air conditioning system is absolutely crucial to maintaining a cool and comfortable interior cabin, especially during the heat of summer. That’s why when things start to go wrong, we are so impatient to get it back to peak performance. Unfortunately, the A/C is often a “forgotten system”
When a mobile A/C system needs to be repaired, the first step taken is usually to recover the refrigerant from the system for reuse later. An A/C vacuum pump is used to remove unwanted air and water vapor when it is under service. Moisture and air in the system can potentially damage the system. Air
A vehicle’s air conditioner keeps the cabin cool and comfortable on hot days. To do that effectively, it requires the correct level of refrigerant in the system. Since refrigerant is not “consumed” or used up in the normal process of cooling a vehicle, If a system is low on refrigerant it’s because there is a
A/C systems operate by utilizing a compressor which pressurizes and circulates refrigerant and oil through the system, producing cold air through refrigerant phase changes. The refrigerant starts out as a gas in the low-pressure side, and is converted into a liquid by the pressure in the high side. The cycle of refrigerant through the different
As part of his strategy against the Chinese “Made in China 2025” industrial policy, In July 2018 the Trump Administration placed $34 billion in tariffs on goods coming from China, prompting the Asian powerhouse to retaliate with an equal amount of tariffs on American imports. The rationale was to stop China from stealing Intellectual Property
ABSOLUTE ZERO – The lowest theoretically possible temperature: complete absence of heat; believed to be -459.67°F (-273.15°C). AIR CONDITIONING – A system for controlling temperature, ventilation and humidity in a vehicle through condensation. Typically used to maintain a cool atmosphere in warm conditions. AMBIENT TEMPERATURE – Temperature of the surrounding air, or outside air temperature
Expansion Valves: The expansion valve is a complex valve which regulates refrigerant flow at the evaporator inlet with an internal moving rod mechanism. This rod opens and closes to differing heights based upon the cooling burden put upon the system. This process of metering modulates the flow according to the temperature of the refrigerant in
When an automotive A/C compressor failure occurs, it’s best practice to flush out the system before installing the new compressor. Many times when a compressor fails it sends small metal particles throughout the A/C system. These particles can clog up passages in the system and cause problems after you’ve replaced the failed compressor. Even tiny
Automotive air conditioning is a self-contained system which cools the cabin of a car by changing the phase of refrigerant from gas to liquid and back again by applying and releasing pressure on it. Each of the parts of the system is connected by tubing or hoses to form a closed loop through which the
Did you know FJC is more than just Air Conditioning products? The FJC Power Division is an industry-leading manufacturer and distributor of power electronic products and systems for mobile markets including battery testers, chargers and maintainers, power inverters, booster cables, and the appropriate tools for working with them. The FJC Power Division was instituted to
Most people assume if their A/C is blowing warm that they are low on refrigerant. However, this is not always the case. Therefore, when charging A/C systems it is recommended to evacuate the system before adding refrigerant. This is because one of the most important factors in the performance of an A/C is the amount
FJC is on the forefront of many exciting innovations in the automotive aftermarket air conditioning market. We have integrated the ideas of the most forward-thinking people in our industry to create new products, and improve existing products, to better meet the changing needs of the automobile A/C industry. In this post we will highlight a
At FJC we understand that all booster cables are not the same. So don’t grab those cables from the bargain bin just yet! First be sure read this informative blog before making that well-intentioned impulse purchase. Learn about important considerations for this handy tool and, of course, always be sure to closely follow instructions and
It’s tough to get away from the daily grind sometimes, but that doesn’t mean it’s not beneficial to our businesses or careers. We all know Trade Shows are great places to network and meet up with potential clients and vendors. However, many shows also offer a unique opportunity to learn and grow as an automotive
Although it may not always seem like it (traffic anyone?) we sure are lucky to be drivers in 2019 when air conditioning comes standard on nearly every car sold in the US…..but it wasn’t always that way! Throughout much of the automobile’s history, air conditioning was either an overheated-driver’s dream or later, an enviable cutting-edge
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