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Honda CR-V AC Compressor Problems



  • madams1madams1 Posts: 101
    Man, that picture says it all. I have heard folks describe the hole in the compressor. Is it a safety issue? That has been debated on this site. Some folks have had their CRV quit in traffic when it exploded and others have debated that the defrost will not work properly without a working compressor and therefore that makes it a safety issue. Is it the compressor that is bad or is it the location of the compressor. You can bet there will not be a recall and too much time has past for most folks so that Honda will cover little or nothing on a replacement.
  • hatehondahatehonda Posts: 2
    It is the compressor bad. The AC worked find in the morning around 11:00 AM and I did not heard anything wrong.But on same day, I found AC was not working about 5:00 PM. I tried find any particles in my garage, but could not.
  • dwkinseydwkinsey Posts: 11
    I still can't afford the huge bill to replace my A/C system. My first compressor looked just like the picture and there was no noise or anything at all. It just stopped working. My defroster does not seem to work properly since the failure. My second compressor only worked for 2 months,probably because I only replaced the compressor and not the entire A/C system. The second compressor exploded and had an even bigger hole. That one did make a funny noise but not a bang as you would expect. I wish there were a way to fix the A/C system and use a compressor that doesn't have the problem that Honda's has. I hate to spend thousands of dollars and then have it fail the same way again. If anyone knows of a brand of compressor that would work as a replacement that doesn't have the imploding problem, I would like to know about it.
  • beyondoilbeyondoil Posts: 15
    There was a person who lived in the south and really needed the air conditioner on his pre 2006 CRV so he took a compressor from a 2007 and adapted it to fit his earlier model CRV. He had to change the hoses and had an additional hi pressure valve on the new compressor but it fit the vehicle and aparently you won't have problems with a 2007 compressor. These compressors have to be bought from Honda as they only allow OEM companies to manufacture parts for Hondas after they are a few years old.

  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Has it ever been determined if the problem is the compressor itself or the location/design of the compressor? It bothers me that folks are having multiple failures which indicates the problem may be with the location/design of the compressor. Also, could maintenance of the vehicle or lack of contribute to some of the failures(coolant changes, cabin filter changes)? Finally, I wonder how many failures occured under extreme heat when the A/C was on maximum. I am so aware of the problem now that I try and avoid using max A/C.

    "MAX A/C" has no bearing on how hard the compressor works. It simply closes the fresh air intake as if you had pressed "recirculation" button.

    the compressor has only two modes, on and off. It cycles between the two to prevent ice from forming on the coils. Very simple design.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,008
    You seem to be very knowledgeable on this subject. What do you attribute this CRV compressor problem to?
  • madams1madams1 Posts: 101
    Thanks for the clarification. So when we use the defrost in the winter time the compressor works just as hard as when we use A/C in the summer. Is that correct?
  • jpettibonejpettibone Posts: 51
    Read his prior posts on the subject if you are interested. The short answer is: User Error.
  • marlie1marlie1 Posts: 1
    I am considering purchasing a 2009 CRV EX
    Any problems I should be made aware of??
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Thanks for the clarification. So when we use the defrost in the winter time the compressor works just as hard as when we use A/C in the summer. Is that correct?

    It cycles off more often, and longer, since the air stream at the evaporator reaches 39.2°F sooner.

    Next time you are driving, play with the recirculation button. On a hot muggy day you will notice that the A/C compressor stays on longer when using fresh air, as opposed to using recirculated air. It is all because recirculated air is already close the set temperature and does not need to be cooled more.

    It is just one other way to conserve energy while using A/C. If you are driving for a long time, I would suggest alternating between fresh air and recirculating for 15-20 minute for every hour of driving. Even though, there is some air leakage, you don't want to be breathing recirculated air all the time, the low oxygen content will make you drowsy.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    You seem to be very knowledgeable on this subject. What do you attribute this CRV compressor problem to?

    Well, the truth is, jpettibone goes from one CR-V to another at night and smashes its A/C compressor with a sledge hammer, and then runs off into the night. :P
  • doneasterdoneaster Posts: 3
    I recently purchased a used 2002 Honda CR-V because I thought Honda made a reliable vehicle. This is the 3RD Honda I've owned and all of them were purchased used. My wife has a 2003 Honda Odyssey van that we purchased used with over a hundred thousand miles on it and it is still running fine after putting and additional 24000 miles on it. However on this CR-V the AC compressor blew about 2 weeks after I bought it. I had it diagnosed by a local AC repair shop and they verified the compressor was completely locked-up, and the mechanic informed me that Honda should have recalled these vehicles and repaired them when this problem first started showing up. He said the condensing unit flues are too small and causes the compressor to have to work much harder to keep the freon flowing thru the system because the condenser isn't capable of cooling the freon as efficiently as it should and this causes the compressor to fail prematurely.
    I then took it to the local Honda dealership and informed them that I had it diagnosed already and the compressor was bad and the condenser and other components would have to be replaced and I had already worked out a deal with the Honda Parts Manager for a discount on the parts. I left and was called later with an estimate of $2800.00 for the repair. I said what?? What about the discount on the parts? The service writer said the the entire AC system would have to be replaced because bits of metal were all in the hoses and components. Then I said how much is the parts and was informed that the bulk of the charge was labor and the parts even discounted were about $1200.00. I informed him that I had researched this problem on the internet and he said he might be able to get me some assistance from Honda. I told him that I realized that I had made a big mistake in buying that car and if I had researched it thoroughly I would never have bought it. He is supposedly working with Honda America to get me some assistance and hopefully they will cover some of the cost, I informed him that if they don't I'll just buy the parts and repair it myself, the only thing I can't do is evacuate the system.
    I'll post what happened later.
  • alana50alana50 Posts: 12
    The AC blew in 102 degree weather; the shop that works on my car replaced it for parts only because they'd only fixed it 14 months previously, and they felt bad that it was out of warranty.
    The car was making a noise that sounded like idling problems so he returned the car yesterday. They tried to reset everything using the computer but it failed.
    Today, they say it's the compressor and that they'd been getting bad parts lately.
    It looks like this is becoming an issue.
    Anyone know what's going on?
  • marya14marya14 Posts: 1
    My compressor failed on Sunday 60 miles from my home outside of Phoenix. It was 114 degrees, there was an accident that kept traffic still for about 45 minutes, and I had a puppy and a small child with me. I could not pull over as that would have prolonged our getting home and on a winding road, that would have been dangerous. Even with water and the windows open, my daughter was beet red and the dog was panting wildly. My hands were tingling and while I maintained my composure, I grew more and more concerned for them as we stayed in traffic awaiting the road to clear. Once in town, I was able to stop for water and ice, but you can imagine at 114 degrees outside, what that drive felt like. My daughter was lethargic the next day despite my attempts to keep her hydrated. Their little systems can't handle that type of heat so well. She did get better and I later received three different quotes with the last one giving the best quote (with persistence.) The service manager said this was a known problem and they wouldn't turn any CRVs owners away. The compressor failure took out the whole AC system which will cost me ( w/ the discount) $1,250 plus tax. The Honda rep I spoke with was unkind and unsympathetic and would not give the full name of her superior nor would she let me speak with him. I was calm but firm in that I still did not understand why Honda has paid for this repair in full for some, but in part, or not at all for others. I am supposed to get a call within 2 days but will let them fix it at the $1250,.00 and hope for more resolution later on. I am grateful for something, but am horrified my their lack of empathy and their lack of consistency in dealing with this compressor issue. If the flues are too small, then they should recall the CRVs and fix them, or simply fix the systems at no charge when the issues come up. They also said they're hard to maintain in Phoenix. That response was also very confusing. Again, if that's the case, we should know this up front or they should fix the issue so it can handle the Phoenix heat.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,015
    replaced it for parts only because they'd only fixed it 14 months previously,

    It sounds like this was an AC shop, not a dealer? Do you know if they used a Honda OEM compressor, assuming that was one of the parts replaced earlier?
  • madams1madams1 Posts: 101
    Glad that your daughter has recovered. I saw you mentioned the flues being too small(from someones earlier post). I am not sure what the flue is, but is there a way to make it larger? If not, could this be one reason that they keep failing multiple times?
  • dwkinseydwkinsey Posts: 11
    Should the shop not use a Honda OEM compressor in order to keep it from repeatedly failing? What is the alternative? Is there a brand that is good?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,015
    That's what I was wondering. Are the compressors dying or is something about the system killing the compressors?
  • Interesting....

    Just read on the Mazda forum regarding some Mazda3's having issue with their air conditioners (Compressors - 06 model) that are out of warranty and the cost to replace is around $1,550.00.

    Tells me that if one does keep their cars longer, it might be wise to get the extended warranty to cover the high cost.
  • jpettibonejpettibone Posts: 51
    LOL, nice. :) Actually, the nice thing about the CR-V design is that I only need the sledge for 2007 and later. Before that, they fry themselves. :P
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