What does this mean?
We’re reasonably sure your AC problem is electrical. Specifically, we would believe it’s the low-pressure switch, but it could also be the compressor. The low-pressure switch turns off the air conditioner if it gets too cold, preventing the coils from freezing over. This is a common failure in older cars. Fortunately, it’s also generally an inexpensive fix. The compressor is what actually makes the circulating fluid cold in the air conditioner. It’s hard to know what the issue is until a mechanic comes and takes a look at the car. Here is what will happen once booked: 1. The mechanic will inspect the vehicle and verify the issue. If correct, the mechanic will complete the repair. 2. If incorrect, The Car Savior will review the diagnosis with the mechanic and present you with a diagnosis and cost to repair the vehicle. 3. You can decide whether or not to move forward with further repairs. If you choose not to move forward, you’ll only be charged for the diagnosis.
On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 3. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.
We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.
What happens if I wait?
This repair can be expensive. If you’re short on cash, drive it with the AC turned off until you have the cash to fix it.
How complicated is this repair?
- This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
- This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
- This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
- At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
- This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.