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Watching yf Steve Schaeber M any of the service shops and technicians we talk to them to need service due to refrigerant leaks for perhaps the first 6 about vehicles using refrigerant 1234yf are only just years or more. It does however mean that independent shops need starting to get requests for service help, in particular to prepare for the inevitable day when that first yf vehicle hits from body shops with vehicles involved in front end collisions. their bay in need of A/C service. And with SAE having recently Some are gearing up though, primarily with hoses and quick completed the standard, now is the time to start checking out the connectors, an R-1234yf manifold gauge set and left-handed tank new J3030 dual refrigerant R/R/R machines. yf is coming, but adapters; just enough to be able to evacuate and recharge a sys- R-134a isn't going away. tem using their shop's existing scale and We follow the OEMs closely at vacuum pump. Of course, they're also MACS to learn about their vehicles that purchasing their first cylinders of the use R-1234yf refrigerant, which ones ...we're seeing a few gas, and while the number of suppliers they're installing it into, and what new more car makers produce continues to grow, pricing varies widely designs they've come up with. Thus far depending on who you're dealing with. there have only been a handful of exvehicles with the gas That's about all that shops have really amples we could refer to, but 2016 apbeen doing thus far, as most yf vehicles pears to be the beginning of a transition, have still been covered under their origias we're seeing a few more car makers nal factory warranties, and any required service has been taken produce vehicles with the gas. care of by a dealer at little or no cost to the owner. Things are soon In January we visited Team Toyota in Langhorne, PA to check going to change however, as some of the earliest built vehicles out the first yf vehicle to hit their lots (which is also the first yf start coming out of their warranty period, either by time or mile- vehicle Toyota released in the US), a 2016 Tacoma SR5 pickup. age. After all, we're coming up on four years now since Cadillac You can see photos and read more about it on the MACS Wordbegan selling the first US vehicle to use HFO (hydrofluoroole- press Blog by visiting We also attended the fin), the 2013 XTS. And with a base warranty of 4 years / 50,000 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show, and compiled a list of yf vehicles. miles, it's likely the warranty period has expired on a few of these Photos and the list can also be found on our blog at https://macvehicles based on mileage alone. using the search term PHL. Check it That's good news for the aftermarket, as owners tend to bring out and let us know what you think! their vehicles into our shops more often after the warranty runs out. Steve Schaeber But just because their odometers are going up doesn't mean Manager of Service Training all the refrigerant is suddenly going to leak out. In fact, A/C sysYou can reach Steve at tems have been built so well in recent years that we don't expect " * * * * * * * * * * * * * * BMW i3 Electric Cadillac CT6, XTS Chevrolet Malibu, Spark EV, Trax Chrysler 200, 300 Citroën C4, Elysëe Dodge Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey Fiat 500, 500L, 500X Ford Escape (4/16), Transit Great Wall Motor - Voleex C30 Honda Fit EV Hyundai Santa Fe, i30 Infinity Q50 Jaguar F-Pace, F-Type, XE, XF, XJ, XJL Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Renegade, Wrangler * * * * * * * * * * * * * Kia Carenz, Cee'd2, Optima, Sorento Land Rover Discovery, LR4, Range Rover Lexus GS450h Mazda CX-5 Mitsubishi Mirage Open Mokka Peugeot 301, 308 Ram 1500 Renault Zoe 3 SAIC Motor - MG350 / Rover 350 Subaru BRZ, Forrester, Impreza, XV Tesla Model S Toyota GT86, Prius Plus, Tacoma, Yaris HSD MACS verified these makes and models above are using yf. Honeywell's shows 8,034,553 cars worldwide use their Solstice yf brand refrigerant (as of 2/16/16). 4 ACTION/NAPA * Spring 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACtion Magazine - NAPA - Spring 2016

ACtion Magazine - NAPA - Spring 2016
Watching yf
A/C Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
Staying visible in times of change
The compressor is not just a component
Restricted air flow
Externally Controlled variable displacement
A new Jeep
Increasing Facebook interactions
Mission possible
R-1234yf and other trends

ACtion Magazine - NAPA - Spring 2016