Air Conditioning Diagnosis Check Sheet

Brand/Make_________________ Model_______________________ Year___________ Engine________________Transmission_______________Mileage__________________ 1. Technician verifies the customer complaint and checks for any Technical Service Bulletins (TSB’s) and/or software updates that pertain to the symptom(s). Note: This issue may be a known pattern failure that has been addressed by the factory engineers who have compiled a specific repair procedure that involves updated parts and/or software. Complaint Verified: Yes ______No: _______Bulletins:_________________________________ 2. Technician records all stored A/C and Climate Control codes. A/C Codes_____________________________________________________________________ In addition to retrieving the diagnostic code(s) the technician performs a complete systems scan of all the vehicle computers to determine if other computer systems are contributing to the malfunctioning Air Conditioning System. Example: The PCM activates the A/C Compressor and the issue may reside in the PCM. Other Vehicle Codes: ____________________________________________________________ 3. Technician documents all of the Freeze Frame Information for all of the stored codes. Note: Freeze Frame is a data 'movie', very much like an aircraft ‘in flight’ recorder, that saves the Power Train operating conditions when the Air Conditioning code or other system code was triggered. Freeze Frame Data: _____________________________________________________________ 4. Technician performs an A/C system pressure test through the full range of A/C temperature settings, fan speeds and air recirculation modes. Idle Rpm Pressure Readings: High ___________________ Low _________________________ 2000 Rpm Pressure Readings: High ___________________ Low _________________________


Tech Info: Verify the Condenser Cooling Fans run properly throughout this test and document the results. Cooling Fan(s) Operation: _________________________________________________________ 5. Technician performs a thorough visual inspection of the A/C system and documents the results. This will include a verification that the A/C Compressor is cycling on and off, observing the A/C drive belt condition/operation, looking for any leaks etc. In some cases a repair may be necessary before a test drive is possible or even needed. Inspection Results: _______________________________________________________________ 6. If the A/C system is low on refrigerant and a leak can not be conclusively identified, a Leak Detection Dye can be injected into the system then the A/C system can be re-inspected after a week of use. Leak Detection Dye added to A/C System: Yes_________________ No _____________________ 7. The Technician test drives the vehicle with a data streaming scan tool and duplicates the operating conditions that were recorded in the Freeze Frame(s) and verifies the code condition, if possible. During this Test Drive He/She evaluates the over all condition of the Air Conditioning System as well as the over all vehicle condition i.e. the A/C Blows warm on acceleration or only blows cold air through the defrost and not the panel vents, the vehicle runs rough, runs too warm, has a lack of power, poor idle, brakes are unsafe etc. and documents the results. Test Drive Results: _______________________________________________________________ 8. The Technician studies and writes down the code setting parameters. This is to ensure that the technician is completely clear on what data values the A/C and Climate Control System is evaluating to trigger the code(s) as well as any other System codes that may contribute to the malfunctioning A/C System. Parameters: _____________________________________________________________________ 9. The technician diagnoses the cause of the code(s) and/or the reason(s) for the malfunctioning of the A/C System and makes the proper repair recommendations. 10. Once the Air Conditioning repair is complete, the Technician performs a Drive Cycle Test Drive to ensure that the code(s) has been properly repaired. Tech Info: In some cases, if an Air Conditioning System malfunction has been present for weeks or more, other parts of the Emissions Control System may have been over worked and damaged. For example, if a vehicle is driven with a defective or seizing Air Conditioning Compressor, the Catalytic Converter may have been over worked, however the Catalyst Monitoring has been ignored by the Power Train Control Module due the malfunctioning A/C Compressor. Drive Cycle Completes free of codes: Yes_____ No_____ Codes: _________________________


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