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 .:Posted by acauth1 on Monday, July 24 @ 13:15:23 CDT (9744 reads)
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Welcome, you may have found your way here looking to purchase or return the item advertised on TV as the "AUTOCOOL" automotive ventilation unit.  Unfortunately, we are not that company and we do not sell the unit.  We are an automotive a/c service and repair facility in Round Rock, Texas.  The advertiser just happened to name the unit the same name as our shop's website.  I became curious about the unit a few months ago after we began receiving hundreds of calls daily for orders.

We finally saw the commercial and my wife decided to order one out of curiosity.  Well, she called the phone number on the commercial to order one and had a very hard time with the automated ordering system, when all was said and done, she ordered one unit.  After about eight weeks we received two units, checked our credit card statements and discovered they had indeed charged us for two.  Not a problem, we have several cars and if the units worked so be it.


We hung the units in two of our vehicles to see if they worked as advertised.  That's where the real trouble began!
You are supplied with a length of thin rubber strip to seal your window around the "autocool" unit, which leaves a good half to quarter inch gap between the window and frame, just enough to allow a criminal access to your vehicle. On top of that, the unit just does not work, AT ALL. If you hold the solar powered unit up to the sun, it will spin the little fan just barely, if you install it on your car's window, it will not spin at all (and this is without window tinting either).

Using the same procedure the advertiser used in the commercial, we measured the temperature inside the car before and after the unit installation.

Ninety-four degrees outside temperature, one-hundred-two degrees car interior temperature before installation.
After a few hours we tested again: Still 94* ambient temp and 122* interior temp! That's an increase of 20*!!!

Needless to say, we attempted to contact the company for a refund as advertised. More trouble, we were unable to speak with a live human being, rather another automated prompting system. Still no luck as of yet, so I imagine we will just challange the charges on our credit card to get our money back.

With that all being said, we continue to get hundreds of calls daily from people looking to purchase the unit, but worse now are the hundreds more from angry customers wanting their money back as well.

In sum, the only usable item we received were the free cup holders which they charged extra shipping yet shipped in the same box as the "autocool" unit.

Save your money, unless you like being ripped off!!!

Thank you,

Robert More
A/C Authority

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 .:EPA: Recharging Your Car's Air Conditioner with Refrigerant
 .:Posted by acauth1 on Wednesday, August 21 @ 17:27:25 CDT (20305 reads)
News from A/C Authority When servicing automotive air-conditioning systems, vehicle owners generally have several options to recharge a/c systems with refrigerant. One option is to top-off your car's system with refrigerant, and another is to evacuate and recharge the system. Both of these options will provide cool air in the passenger compartment for some period of time. Neither service, however, involves permanently fixing the a/c system leaks that allowed refrigerant to escape resulting in a lack of cool air. You might therefore also choose to have any leaking components in your a/c system repaired or replaced.
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 .:EPA: What's the difference between a "top-off" and an "evacuation and recharge"? Why
 .:Posted by acauth1 on Wednesday, August 21 @ 17:25:02 CDT (15869 reads)
News from A/C Authority A top-off involves simply charging refrigerant into your vehicle. An evacuation and recharge service includes removing whatever remaining refrigerant is in your vehicle, removing impurities from that refrigerant using recycling equipment, recharging it into the vehicle, and adding new refrigerant to replace whatever has leaked out. The cost of both the top-off and the evacuation and recharge will usually include a performance check, and may include a test to discover the source of your leak.
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 .:EPA: I came into the shop with some refrigerant in my car
 .:Posted by acauth1 on Wednesday, August 21 @ 17:20:55 CDT (13854 reads)
News from A/C Authority so why is my technician charging me for the full amount of refrigerant charge -- shouldn't I get credit for the amount I came in with?
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 .:EPA: My technician told me that EPA regulations prohibit topping-off
 .:Posted by acauth1 on Wednesday, August 21 @ 17:19:29 CDT (13324 reads)
News from A/C Authority My technician told me that EPA regulations prohibit topping-off the refrigerant in my car without getting the leak fixed first. Is this true? Answer: No!
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 .:EPA: My technician told me he could not locate the leak in my system
 .:Posted by acauth1 on Wednesday, August 21 @ 17:16:04 CDT (13225 reads)
News from A/C Authority Question: My technician told me he could not locate the leak in my system, so he topped-off the refrigerant in my car, but did not perform any leak repair. Now it seems to be low on refrigerant again -- I know the leak is still there. What can I do?
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 .:Syndicated: What about Using my own Parts?
 .:Posted by acauth1 on Wednesday, August 21 @ 22:33:35 CDT (12909 reads)
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Dear Tom and Ray:

I have a 1984 Chevy Caprice Classic. The engine is leaking all over the place. I need to buy a good rebuilt one. Please don't suggest that I buy a new car instead, because I can't afford one. I have found a site online that sells rebuilt engines and gives a 7-year, 70,000-mile warranty on them. My mechanic doesn't want to install this engine. He wants to get one from HIS usual source. He says it will cost me between $2,000 and $3,000 (that includes installation). The rebuilt one online (without installation) is $889.00. What should I do? -- Terri 

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 .:Syndicated: Parts to Pizza
 .:Posted by acauth1 on Wednesday, August 21 @ 22:01:48 CDT (13760 reads)
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Dear Tom and Ray:

I discovered recently that the parts used by my local repair shop are marked up by 33 percent. I take this to mean that if I went to the dealer and bought the same part, it would have been a lot cheaper. My garage says this is a standard practice. Are they giving me a song and dance? -- John

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