Mazda Protege Parts And Mazda Protege Accessories
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The air conditioning system of the Mazda Protégé is something that we, as owners, take for granted. In most cases, we only take notice of the A/C when it stops working or when it starts to blow hot air. Although the Mazda Protégé\'s A/C does take some time to get the entire cabin cool enough (especially during the summer), if you find yourself still sweating out after 15 minutes, it may indicate a problem in the system. Here\'s a list of some common causes of A/C failure, and how to deal with them:
If the A/C does blow air into the cabin but is anything but cold, it could be due to a refrigerant leak. The Protégé\'s A/C runs in a closed loop system, so it will take quite a long time before the refrigerant will need recharging. However, poor maintenance, rust, or damage to the A/C compressor, condenser, or refrigerant hose can cause the refrigerant gas to escape.
Searching for leaks in the A/C can prove to be difficult when seen with the naked eye, as refrigerant gas is colorless when exposed to the outside air. The best sign of a leak you are likely to encounter is the oil residue the refrigerant leaves behind. This is why it is strongly recommended to have the A/C inspected by a professional A/C technician, which use advanced detection techniques to determine if there is a leak in the system.
The A/C compressor is responsible for circulating refrigerant through the evaporator, condenser, and expansion valve, ensuring heat is dissipated and cold air brought it at a constant rate. And due to its complex design, the compressor can suffer from a variety of mechanical and electrical failures.
The Protégé\'s A/C compressor generates a fairly audible hum when running normally, so a good indicator of compressor failure is when it remains silent when the A/C is switched on. Replacing a faulty compressor is often the best option in this case, as repairing a broken unit may prove too costly and difficult.
Tip: One effective way to extend the life of the A/C compressor is to let it run for at least 10 minutes every month. Flushing the car\'s refrigerant lines with A/C cleaning compounds on a regular basis can also help prevent contaminants from harming the compressor, thus extending its life even further.
The Protégé A/C system is interconnected to a series of wires, fuses, relays, and switches that keep it running efficiently. And should any of these electrical components fail due to wear, external damage, or defects, the A/C will shut itself down to prevent the electrical current from damaging the rest of the car\'s A/C components or cause unsafe conditions for those inside the cabin.
A/C failure caused by electrical problems can be determined by checking the voltage running through the electrical contacts with a multimeter. In most cases, the problem is due to a rusted contact, a cut wire, or even a blown fuse. Replacing any of the damaged parts should be able to fix the problem.