Pop quiz: Can the aircon of the Toyota Altis be cleaned without removing the dashboard?
Almost everybody, including experts from Toyota Service Centers, would say “No“.
But the correct answer is: “Yes” — if you use the B-Quick system.
I learned about B-Quick just today.
My Altis, whose aircon is religiously cleaned every year (via the traditional “pull-down evaporator” method), experienced it’s first “B-Quick treatment” in a shop located in Mindanao Avenue today.
At first I was skeptical. So I asked their Service Manager, a very nice guy named Marcial, a barrage of questions; and these are the highlights:
How do they do it?
They use a combination of specialized equipment and specialty chemicals from the US to do the cleaning.
They showed me an automated cleaning machine that is purpose built for aircon evaporator cleaning. It looks like this:
It’s a self-contained computerized system that manages the flow of cleansing products, water, and ozonized air used for the process.
They also have a nifty camera system that uses a flexible scope to see the evaporator even while it is still behind the dashboard.
They use premium-grade coil cleaners that effectively clean and preserve the evaporator.
With the optimal mix of air pressure and cleaning chemicals, they “pressure wash” the evaporator fins pushing out dirt and grime from the surface and between the cracks. Afterwhich, the machine switches itself and push pressurized water to rinse the evaporator.
In terms of process, this is how aircon cleaning was done on my Altis in the previous years:
- Remove dashboard by disassembling the dashboard cluster.
- Disconnect electrical connections underneath the dashboard.
- Recover (or release) refrigerant.
- Pull-down evaporator and commence manual cleaning.
- Re-assemble evaporator, replace refrigerant and check for leaks in the connections.
- Reconnect electrical connections and re-assemble dashboard cluster.
Often, I’ve seen this process causing damage on my dashboard (“unexplained” surface scratches, broken clips, misaligned panels, missing bolts, nuts and screws), faulty electrical components (non-working devices due to broken connectors), and deformed evaporator fins.
As for the B-Quick system, they followed this process:
- Check air conditioner.
- Prepare cleaning service access (put drip pans and plastic mats) and inspect evaporator using a high tech scope/camera.
- Use B-QUICK machine to systematically apply the proprietary cleaning solution, rinse, vacuum and expel dirt and grime.
- Cleanup and re-install service access portions.
- Purify entire cabin with Ozone.
In terms of time, the traditional process took about 4 hours to a whole day to complete; while the B-Quick process took just a little over 1 hour. In terms of cost, I was pleasantly surprised that the B-Quick solution is even cheaper than the traditional pull-down offerings I availed of in the past. Note that aircon shops normally charge higher for the Altis precisely because it requires the removal of the dashboard to gain access to the evaporator.
The B-Quick system works for all types of cars. In fact, it works best for newer cars where access to evaporators is becoming even more restrictive. Case in point, for my friend’s Ford Expedition, it used to take several days to clean the aircon; with B-Quick, it’s done in a few hours.
So there you have it — a quick, efficient, cheaper, and lower risk approach to cleaning your Altis’ aircon without the hassle of removing the dashboard, opening up the aircon’s “sealed system” and waiting for as much as a full day to finish.
Disclosure: This is not a paid or sponsored post for B-Quick. I paid full-fare for my aircon cleaning. In fact, I paid twice since I had 2 cars done. 🙂
I do wish though that in the future they contract me as an endorser since I personally like their system. 🙂