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Honda CR-V AC Compressor Problems

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 47,054
    gregmyers said:

    My 1998 CRV compressor just died @199,500 moles. In to the mechanic tomorrow.

    Wow.. after 18 years and 200K miles, hard to say it has anything to do with a defect.

    Sorry to hear about it. I loved my '98 EX AWD with stick-shift! Unfortunately, it met with a premature death.

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  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 6,845

    In response to some earlier posts---no, the AC cannot continue to operate once the compressor seizes, nor can the car for that matter unless you disconnect the serpentine belt---which on most cars, also drives other accessories.

    It is imperative that if you hear any kind of compressor grinding, that you stop driving the car. Replacing the AC clutch is not too expensive, but if the compressor seizes, it will spread debris through the AC system, and you'll have a very large bill on your hands.

    I've had two complete AC failures. The one in the NEON did make a loud squeal and when I started moving smoke came out from the hood (probably from the belt seizing?)? I was able to "fix" the problem by turning the AC off (took me a bit to figure it out). With the AC off, no noise and no smoke. It was expensive to fix.

    In the A3 there were no noises, warnings, sensors, or smoke. It just decided to cool less and less over about an hour until there was just no more cooling or conditioning going on during a hot day and long drive. Turning the AC on or off didn't seem to make any difference that was noticeable. I was told the compressor did seize, that debris did spread throughout the system when it self destructed, and that it was going to be very expensive to fix. Fortunately I was close enough to warranty at 53,000 miles that Audi stepped up to do the job at zero expense to me. I also got to drive around an A4 2.0T loaner for 2 weeks while they gathered parts, and worked on it.
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  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 6,845
    My coworker took his old CRV in for AC service, was just a bad relay; quick and cheap fix.
    2016 Audi TTS S-Tronic (DSG 6-Speed) quattro. Wife has 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI SE
  • berriberri Posts: 6,115
    Had the AC go out years back on a Mercury and it did the same gradual loss thing. Worst car for AC I ever owned was a Plymouth. Repairs never held up. Ironically, back in those days Chrysler was supposed to be known for it's Airtemp. Actually, the neighborhood I lived in back when I was based in Orlando had mostly Chrysler Aitemp central air units (Didn't know they were in that business) and I seemed to see a lot of HVAC contractor trucks there in the summer.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,067
    The BEST and coldest A/C were the GM cars from the 60's and 70's that used the large Fridgidare compressors and the R-12 freon! They would almost throw snowballs out the vents!
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 47,054
    You could hang meat in there.. B)

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  • lbowyerlbowyer Posts: 1
    So, my 2008 Honda CR-V abruptly stopped working a couple of days ago. From the diagnosis, I need to replace the clutch/coil at an estimated $773. This DOES NOT include a new compressor. My concern is that down the line I will have wanted to make this replacement now - prior to incident (although the mechanic stated it is currently in good shape). The only option is a re-manufactured Sanden compressor (with clutch/coil) included at $980. Thoughts?
  • sendmikemailsendmikemail Posts: 2
    edited August 29
    Just wanted to let people know of my situation. I have a 2013 Honda CRV. Bought it from a Honda dealer as a certified used car (comes with a 1 year warranty) 4 months ago. Had 36,800 miles when I bought it and now it has 42,400. Since I bought it I've been only driving it around town.
    This weekend I drove on a long distance trip (6 hours each way). While on the highway doing 65-70 (on the way up) I heard a loud ping sound. About 15 minutes later I realized the A/C was blowing warm air. My previous car was a Prius which made the trip dozens of times without a problem. That car had 170k but was totaled in a rear end collision 4 months ago. Never had a problem with the A/C or any other component on that car. I have an appointment tomorrow with the Honda dealer to get the car fixed so I'll find out exactly what happened. I think this is totally unacceptable on a vehicle this new. Never again will I buy a Honda. Especially after reading all the problems other people are having.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 6,845
    If the AC is the only problem you ever have on the car it would be considered excellent reliability by most. A/C's seem to be problematic not just in Honda's but all manufacturers. Maybe it's the new refrigerants.
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  • andres3 said:

    If the AC is the only problem you ever have on the car it would be considered excellent reliability by most. A/C's seem to be problematic not just in Honda's but all manufacturers. Maybe it's the new refrigerants.

    Not trying to sound like a Toyota salesman (I'm not just an engineer) but an AC breaking at 40k is a big deal. After 170k my Prius needed nothing. And I mean nothing not even brakes. And I delivered newspapers with the car for 4 years. Talk about tough on brakes. I was hoping to go at least 150k before something broke on the CRV.
  • berriberri Posts: 6,115
    Personally, 40K is too early. Did you try to get some assistance from Honda. They seem to stand behind their product better than many makes. We've owned Honda and Toyota. My take, Toyota has better long term reliability. IIRC, Honda can be weak in A/C and automatic tranny on some models, although so far I've been lucky enough not to experience either.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 6,845
    berri said:

    Personally, 40K is too early. Did you try to get some assistance from Honda. They seem to stand behind their product better than many makes. We've owned Honda and Toyota. My take, Toyota has better long term reliability. IIRC, Honda can be weak in A/C and automatic tranny on some models, although so far I've been lucky enough not to experience either.

    I'd put a Japanese built and assembled Civic up against any Toyota. But by and large, Toyota is hard to beat when it comes to being bulletproof.
    2016 Audi TTS S-Tronic (DSG 6-Speed) quattro. Wife has 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI SE
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