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Honda CR-V AC Compressor Problems

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  • shima1shima1 Posts: 19
    To all the people with Honda CRV air conditioning problems, Everyone must call the National Traffic Highway Administration and Attorney Generals office to complain about American Honda. If you don't nothing will be done to recall this problem. I was told this by their representatives.

    Complaints can be filed at the Nat'l Highway Traffic Safetywebsite:
    http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/index.cfm
  • drive62drive62 Posts: 637
    Otherwise there's no option but to sell the car.

    Isn't that an overreaction? You have a 7 year old vehicle that has performed just fine yet you want to get rid of it because its AC compressor may go bad. There's a saying about borrowing trouble. If it happens then figure out what to do.

    I understand that there is a flaw somewhere causing this issue but Honda seems to be taking care of the problem...you can't say the same about other automakers when they have similar issues.

    And I still wonder when people feel it is ok for a part to go bad...7 years...10 years...never??
  • Had same problem with compressor as newer model. No help from Honda. I think if you get the dealership to contact Honda you are better off with their help. I got no help from Honda West in Indianapolis.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    And I still wonder when people feel it is ok for a part to go bad...

    That would probably be anytime after they sell it or trade it in. :)

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  • Look and see how many used ones you see in those years and then look for a used 07 or 08. You wont find many 07 or 08 models.
  • Just how far back did they go with those bad tires some years back. Did they look at age or mileage ? No, they were defective and they just replaced them all right ?
  • drive62drive62 Posts: 637
    Quietest this topic has been in a while. No one saying they lost their AC. Apparently no one is using their AC during winter...even though you should to keep it functioning properly.

    Will there be a rash of compressor failures in the spring?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,993
    Doesn't the compressor kick in when you turn on the defroster? Most cars "condition" the air when you turn on the defroster to dry out the air in the cabin.

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  • Hi - I am new to the forum. I am researching a car for my wife. She needs 4WD and some cargo space and the CRV was high on our radar until I came across this forum. There are a couple 2004 CRVs in the area, but if this AC problem is not an if but when issue, it seems we should be looking elsewhere.

    The one I am most interested in is a 2004 EX-L with about 50K miles. Any input appreciated. Thanks.
  • madams1madams1 Posts: 101
    I have a 2003 with 87K and the only problem so far is the throttle body sensor went bad. The problem is on the 2003 the whole throttle body has to be replaced. Mine was under extended warranty, but I was told it would have been a costly repair. I mentioned the compressor issue to my mechanic at a shop that specializes in Honda and Acura and he said that in the summer, he sees about 2 or 3 CRV's that need a new compressor. So far he has not seen one that exploded and ruined the whole system.

    I love driving the CRV and sure your wife will also. Be sure to get good tires if they need replacing.
  • madams1madams1 Posts: 101
    I was thinking that it did also. Perhaps a mechanic or someone with more knowledge could tell us.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Hi - I am new to the forum. I am researching a car for my wife. She needs 4WD and some cargo space and the CRV was high on our radar until I came across this forum. There are a couple 2004 CRVs in the area, but if this AC problem is not an if but when issue, it seems we should be looking elsewhere.

    The one I am most interested in is a 2004 EX-L with about 50K miles. Any input appreciated. Thanks.


    There were no EX-L's in 2004 in the US. Either the vehicle is an EX with dealer or previous owner added leather. Or, if the bumpers match the body color, it is a grey market Canadian Import.
  • w1johnw1john Posts: 6
    Does anyone know where the compressor is located in the engine compartment, and where on the compressor I can find the part number. My question is in reference to the following message that I came accrossed: "CHECK AND SEE IF YOU HAVE A UPDATED COMPRESSOR PART NUMBER 38810-PNB-006 SHOULD BE ON THE COMPRESSOR OTHERWISE YOU MAY WANT TO REPLACE YOUR COMPRESSOR WITH NEW MODEL BEFORE YOUR OLD IT COMPRESSOR BLOWS".

    Thanks in advance!
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    On the driver's side towards the front. you can;t miss it, it has a big black electric clutch on the pulley.
  • beyondoilbeyondoil Posts: 15
    Well it took a little longer for ours to go bad. It has 83K miles and even though we bought the CRV used, it has performed quite well up to this point. The bad thing is that we have to replace a badly designed compressor with another. Why of why hasn't the design of this compressor been fixed so we won't have to go though all of this again. It isn't exactly easy to change the compressor as it is way down below everything else. I am going to do it myself as I want to make sure it is done right and I want to change the serpentine belt.

    The best place to own one of these CRV's would be in Alaska so you wouldn't need air conditioning.

    Daniel
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,993
    Well, Fairbanks and the interior can get hot, but more importantly, AC's condition the air by taking humidity out, and that helps defrost your windshield.

    I visited a friend up in Barrow a few years back and all the cabs were mostly CR-Vs for some reason.

    Even though you are the second owner and you have a good deal of miles, you should open a case with Honda USA and see if they will help you out at all on the parts or labor.

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  • beyondoilbeyondoil Posts: 15
    Well instead of moving to Alaska and not using the defroster, we opened a case with Honda. After paying $132.00 to find out what we already knew, Honda said that our CR-V needed a new compressor and they refused any assistance. There reason is that we were the 2nd owners and the CR-V had 81k miles.

    So I think I am going to replace it myself. Honda just wants too much.

    I also think I can only get the type of compressor for the 2003 that always seems to have a limited life expectancy. It's not a good feeling putting in a part you expect to fail prematurely.

    I will consider it a Zen experiment.

    Daniel
  • beyondoilbeyondoil Posts: 15
    Well my conclusion is that if you get a A/C compressor for a 2002 to a 2006 CR-V you are just wasting your money. You would be getting a compressor that would have a predisposition for failure. You would make a lot of money for Honda but probably be very unsatisfied with the results.

    There was one person who put in a compressor from a 2007 CR-V into a 2003. It fits perfectly and it has a hi pressure relief valve near the HP outlet otherwise the compressor is the same.. Hoses have to be made that would interconnect the 07 compressor to the earlier CR-Vs but it sounds like the only solution unless Honda decides to admit that it is making faulty air conditioner compressors on their 02-06 Cr-vs.. They don't seem likely to be doing this.

    Daniel
  • beyondoilbeyondoil Posts: 15
    After contacting Honda about our bad ac compressor we were told for them to participate in the repair, we would need the vehicle inspected by Honda. We did this and it cost us $132.00 to find out we had a bad ac compressor. Then Honda said they wouldn't pay anything because of the 83k mileage and we were the 2nd owners. I feel they should have told us this before asking us to pay Honda the $132.00. They did have the information on the mileage and the 2nd ownership. So I complained and then got a call from Honda and now they agreed to pay $200,00 out of their $1,200.00 estimate to replace the ac compressor.

    So I bought a new compressor on ebay for about $295.00 and it has a two year warranty. I think that will give me enough time to sell the CRV. I think all the ac compressors are junk. I'm going for a Toyota.

    Daniel :cry:
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    There have been fewer and fewer complaints about the 2003-2005 CR-V compressor failures. This makes me wonder if Honda did finally fixed the design problem, and used the updated compressors in the repairs.

    That, or they had some bad batches of compressors from their vendor, and the "bad" ones have all failed by now...
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