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R152a back on the auto-AC agenda with secondary-loop development

INDIAN vehicle manufacturer Tata Motors has partnered with German component supplier Mahle to develop a secondary-lool air-conditioning system that will be tested with A2-rated flammable refrigerant R152a. Given Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover last year accounted for 600,806 of the 757,994 … Continue reading

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ACCC recommends repair info sharing in car industry draft report

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a damning 145 page report into the new car retailing industry, citing poor customer complaint handling, inaccurate fuel consumption figures and obstruction toward independent repairers as major areas of concern. Among … Continue reading

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Honours for two VASA directors as CoolDrive celebrates 40 years

VASA directors Robert Picone and David Ellis were among the first five people to be inducted to the CoolDrive hall of fame, which was established as part of the company’s celebrations to mark 40 years in business. Robert Picone (on … Continue reading

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US court overturns automotive R134a bans scheduled for 2021

THE United States District Court of Appeals has reversed the July 2015 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to remove R134a from the list of approved refrigerants used in passenger cars and light commercial vehicles as of the 2021 model … Continue reading

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SightGlass Training and Redarc factory tour in Adelaide a success

MORE than 50 people all over Australia attended the July 29 SightGlass Training and Redarc tour day in Adelaide. The day began at Redarc headquarters, where a brief company history and overview was delivered by national sales and marketing manager … Continue reading

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August MACS Service Report covers curly AC diagnostics

ANOTHER month, another incredibly informative MACS Service Report that is essential reading. The August edition from VASA’s North American counterpart reveals the complex and not-so obvious ‘trim’ settings that may cause customers to believe the climate control system of their … Continue reading

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R744 cars now in mass production

ALMOST a year after SightGlass News spotted a Sanden R744 compressor under the bonnet of a prototype Mercedes-Benz S-Class at an event in Germany, the Japanese component manufacturer has announced it is supplying Mercedes’ parent company Daimler with “the world’s … Continue reading

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Chinese breakthrough could make HFO refrigerant production easier

RESEARCHERS in China have developed a new way of manufacturing HFO refrigerants such as R1234yf, which requires 10 per cent less energy while increasing the yield from chemical reactions used in production from less than 30 per cent to more … Continue reading

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July MACS Service Report full of handy hints about compressors

IF AIR-CONDITIONING is your bread and butter (and if you are a VASA member that is highly likely), this month’s MACS Service Report is essential reading. The North American counterpart to VASA has created an in-depth guide to compressors and … Continue reading

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Battery drain diagnosis masterclass in your June MACS Service Report

MYSTERIOUS battery drain dramas? Just check out this month’s MACS Service Report. The North American counterpart to VASA has published a fully updated version of its battery drain diagnosis guide. Workshops that are starting to see Holden/Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid … Continue reading

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