ACtion Magazine - April 2013 - (Page 37)

A/c season check list: Is your shop ready? Why planning and organization can help your shop ramp-up for a/c season… and profitability. by MACS Staff S changes in inventory while keeping the parts packaging clean and free from damage. • Do keep protective shipping caps, covers and protection on parts until ready to install on the vehicle. Reason: Provides protection and keeps out moisture and dust. Parts without shipping caps will become contaminated and should not be used. • Do not place parts on the floor. Reason: Parts are likely to become damaged when on the floor. • Do not store an unprotected part in an environment that would expose the part to water, dirt, oil, grease, paint, etc. Reason: Contaminants will damage the part and possibly cause warranty return. pring is finally here, and for many techs, it’s been a while since that last A/C repair. Just in case you’ve forgotten, the folks at Delphi Products and Service Solutions have put together a check list to help you remember some of the details when handling new parts. Handle new parts with care and leave them in the box you’re ready to install them. Accumulator and receiver dryer • Do keep shipping caps on the accumulator or receiver/dryer at all times except when adding oil to the part, or when ready to install to refrigerant lines. Reason: Open units will absorb humidity from the air, reducing or eliminating the internal desiccant’s ability to capture system moisture. • Do finger start the attaching line set nuts. Reason: This will help ensure that the fitting threads do not Delphi Products and Service Solutions photo Delphi Products and Service Solutions photo When it comes time to replace a failed air conditioning part, proper and safe handling of the new service part is essential to properly repair the vehicle. When done right, the result will be a repair that will last and provide good performance. When handling air conditioning parts in general, it is good practice to use the following guidelines. Not only can it help reduce inventory damage and lost profits, but also can proactively prepare your shop to efficiently handle A/C season. • Do leave parts in their original box until needed. Reason: Protects part from damage. • Do return a damaged part in its original box, with original packaging material. Reason: Preserves evidence of what might have caused the part to fail. • Do return an incorrectly packaged part in its original box. Reason: Preserves evidence of what might have caused the part to be packaged incorrectly. • Do rotate inventory on a first-in first-out basis (FIFO). Reason: Keeps parts with the latest performance Every line and component should be capped to keep it clean inside.” ACTION • April 2013 37

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACtion Magazine - April 2013

ACtion Magazine - April 2013
Freeze Frame
Virtual View
Under the Southern Cross
Leonard’s Law
News & Updates
State of the Industry
R-1234YF Design and Service Considerations
Heavy Duty/Off Road Technical Session
Hybrid Evolution Continues
Modern Automotive HVAC Systems
Old-Timers, Team Players, Slackers and Kids: Do Your Employees ‘play’ Well Together?
Cheap Isn’t Always Best
A/C Season Check List: Is Your Shop Ready?
MACS 2013 Training Event Social Wrap-Up
Wallace Talks Up Big Brother
Association News
Quick Check
New Products & Services
Last Watch

ACtion Magazine - April 2013