Air Conditioning/Radiator/Coolant

Air Conditioning | Radiator | Thermostat | Coolant

 

Gi Automotive Group offers professional mechanic serviced air conditioning (AC), radiator replacement and coolant flushes in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Century City, Belair, Westwood. Whether you have a brand-new luxury or exotic car Gi Automotive group in Beverly Hills has the tools and professional experience to properly service and recharge your AC, replace your radiator and ensure your coolant is running exactly to your vehicles manufacturer specifications.

We specialize in air conditioning repair, radiator replacements and coolant flushes for Porsche, Bentley, McLaren, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Audi, Mercedes AMG. Gi Automotive group services Beverly Hills and the surrounding areas West Hollywood, Century City, Belair, Westwood with the most convenient air conditioning recharging, radiator and coolant repair services to ensure your vehicle is keeping you cool while it runs at its optimal temperature.

Keeping your luxury or exotic car air conditioning, radiator and coolant systems running properly at all times will ensure you prolong the life of your engine and it’s heat sensitive components.

 

AIR CONDITIONING FLUSH & RECHARGE

Is your vehicles air conditioning keeping you cool? Need an A/C inspection or repair for your vehicle? If your luxury or exotic car isn’t, Gi Automotive will inspect your Air Conditioning system as well as all your belts and hosesto determine the exact root of problem. Most of the time your air conditioning refrigerant system simply needs to be flushed (remove old AC coolant) and then recharged (replace the AC coolant). Our air conditioning expert mechanics will inspect, evaluate, recharge and repair your vehicle’s AC system.

Gi Automotive Group will perform only the work you authorize us to do and we guarantee all that work in writing. There’s no service or maintenance schedule with your AC system – you don’t need to recharge your air conditioning system every year, or even every two years.

The best indicator that you need to flush & recharge your air conditioning refrigerant is when your AC system begins to feel less cool than it used to, but before it stops cooling completely. However, if you live in a very hot climate and use your AC year-round, you can expect a refrigerant recharge to last at least 3-4 years.

 

WHAT WE DO:

Gi Automotive mechanics will visually and audibly inspect your AC compressor drive belt, your luxury or exotic cars serpentine belt and all accessory belts and components for cracks, leaks and damage.

We will test the operation of your air condition compressor. If no leaks or damage are found, we will remove and flush the old AC refrigerant from the system, vacuum test your system and then recharge (replace) the AC system using the appropriate refrigerant according to your vehicle manufacturer’s specification.\

 

BASIC AC SERVICE INCLUDES:

  • Inspect AC/Compressor/Condenser/Evaporator/Hoses/Belts
  • Adjust AC belts and tighten hose connectors if necessary
  • Test AC system for leaks
  • Remove and flush old refrigerant and add new AC refrigerant

 

H2: HOW YOUR AIR CONDITIONING WORKS:

Your luxury or exotic car air conditioning system (AC) cools and removes moisture from the air inside of your vehicle using three main components: the compressor, the condenser and the evaporator. The AC compressor is driven by the vehicle’s serpentine belt (drive belt), which pumps the refrigerant (FREON R22 or R134A) through the AC system.

Inside this closed system, the refrigerant is exposed to high and low pressure, forcing it to change states between gas and liquid in order to capture and then release heat. While in a gas state, the refrigerant passes through the evaporator, capturing heat. The refrigerant then moves through the AC hoses and into the condenser, where the refrigerant cools as heat is released outside, and the refrigerant returns to a liquid.

For the system to work optimally, the system must have the proper amount of refrigerant and be free of contaminants. Over time, an A/C system begins to lose its charge and become contaminated.

If you notice that your vehicle isn’t cooling, give Gi Automotive a call or stop by our Beverly Hills location for our AC service to inspect, and evacuate and recharge your system to keep you cool during the hot summer months.

 

RADIATOR LEAKS, THERMOSTAT FAILURE & ENGINE OVERHEATING

All modern luxury or exotic cars with liquid-cooled engines have a small device called a thermostat that sits between the engine and the radiator. The thermostat is a small device (heat activated switch) that blocks the flow of coolant to the radiator until the engine has warmed up.

When your engine reaches its optimal operating temperature, the thermostat opens allowing coolant through the engine to cool the engine to keep it from continuing to heat up and overheating as you drive your luxury or exotic car.

 

SIGNS YOU NEED A NEW THERMOSTAT:

  • The first and potentially most alarming symptom will be the temperature gauge reading high into the red within the first 15 minutes of your vehicle engine running. …
  • Temperature changing erratically or overheating
  • Check Engine Light
  • Coolant leaks around the thermostat housing or under the vehicle.

A properly functioning engine cooling system circulates coolant through the engine and radiator; where heat is removed to lower the engine temperature, while lubricating the water pump and protecting hoses against corrosion. Your vehicle even uses the radiator cooling system to heat the passenger cabin.

When your vehicle’s thermostat isn’t functioning properly your luxury or exotic cars’ cooling system isn’t functioning properly, the temperature of your engine can get hot enough to potentially damage itself and other costly heat sensitive components.

It’s extremely important to always inspect & maintain your radiator & coolant as it’s a vital component that will help increase your vehicles performance, fuel economy and longevity of your engine.

 

WHEN DOES MY RADIATOR NEED TO BE REPLACED?

Most properly maintained modern radiators should last for at least 7-10 years depending on your vehicles mileage and your driving habits. Older properly maintained metal radiator found on classic, muscle or collector cars, can last for the life of the car.

However modern radiators are mostly made from plastic (to reduce weight) rather than metal, and plastic slowly degrades with the corrosive coolant when it expands and contracts as the radiator heats and cools your engine. As the radiator goes bad, contaminants from the breakdown of the radiator and hoses discolor the fluid making it a rusty or oil color.

One common sign your luxury or exotic car radiator is going bad is if it is leaking green coolant, which can be caused by cracks in your radiator cooling and heating hoses. If there is green liquid found under a vehicle, then the radiator should be inspected to identify the area where the leak is present.

Gi Automotive mechanics will perform a pressure test to determine the source & location of the leak. Do not drive with leaking radiator coolant system. Since your radiator & coolant is responsible for cooling the engine, a cracked radiator may not cool the engine like it is designed from the manufacturer when brand new.

This will cause your engine heat to rise, and eventually the vehicle will overheat causing significant damage to your engine, transmission and other heat regulated systems that your radiator and coolant help keep cool while you drive.

Always have your coolant system checked before you continue to drive if you notice green coolant leaking from your car. Your check engine light might come on when the radiator is low on coolant, starting to overheat or because the thermostat is not working properly.

 

RADIATOR COOLANT & WATER PUMP

The engine in your vehicle generates a lot of heat which would normally destroy the engine in just a few minutes if it weren’t for the water pump, radiator, coolant, hoses and belts that make up the cooling system. Your luxury or exotic car radiator coolant is vital in preventing your engine from overheating.

It also protects against freeze-ups in cold weather, provides lubrication for your water pump and prevents rust in the system. Severe driving conditions can cause components to degrade over time, leading to corrosion and deposits that clog your radiator which is your engine’s primary means of releasing heat.

Most manufacturers advise replacing radiator coolant every 50,000 to 100,000 miles in normal conditions, or every 30,000 to 50,000 miles in severe driving conditions. Your luxury or exotic car has a water pump which is responsible for pumping your coolant through your hoses and radiator to cool your engine as you drive. The heated coolant flows into the radiator to cool off before it returns to the engine to cycle through again.

 

SIGNS YOU NEED A NEW WATER PUMP

  • Coolant leakat the front-center of your car
  • Water pump pulley is looseand making whining sounds
  • Engineis overheating
  • Steam coming from your radiator

When to Replace Hoses:

Both radiator and heater hoses are made from a soft engineered rubber designed to withstand the effects of the chemicals and extreme heat fluctuations which constantly circulate your vehicles coolant.

Hot coolant does cause corrosion, generally beginning on the inside of the hoses and radiator. An exterior visual inspection is not enough to determine whether the radiator or hoses need to be replaced or not.

We recommend replacing radiator hoses about every 5-10 years or between 50,000 to 75,000 miles depending on how much you drive your car and the climate it is exposed to.

It’s also advisable to replace the clamps that keep the hoses in place because the constant tension can weaken the bond over time.

 

SIGNS YOU NEED NEW RADIATOR HOSES:

  • 5-10 years or 50,000 miles (since last replacement)
  • Coolant or other fluid leaks under your car
  • Check Engine Light is illuminated
  • Steam rising from the engine or under the hood.

When replacing the radiator, we always recommend changing the hoses, clamps and thermostats as the radiator and coolant system will already be purged of old coolant. This ensures that your entire radiator and engine cooling system will be able to fully operate as if it was brand new from your manufacturer.

 

SIGNS YOUR RADIATOR COOLING SYSTEM NEEDS REPAIRS:

  • Thermostat light coming on or temperature gauge going up
  • AC not producing cool air
  • Green leaking liquid under your car
  • Loose water pump pulley
  • A grinding noise when your engine is running
  • Steam or leaks near the water pump or gasket
  • A sweet smell of burning coolant from the hood area

At Gi Automotive Group we provide routine radiator, coolant and hose inspections when you service your vehicle with us to ensure your cooling & heating systems are in proper operating condition. Whenever you have questions or concerns about your car, we have honest expertise to help you out.

 

Give Gi Automotive Group a call or stop by our Beverly Hills location to learn more about our services, view our facility or to schedule an appointment.