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Honda CR-V AC Compressor Problems

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,359
    You sure seem to anger quickly but you are absoultly correct.

    You were NOT the poster who said losing an AC pump could cause a car to go into a skid and somehow I didn't read your other post.

    I wasn't putting words into your mouth, I simply responded to the wrong poster and for that, I apologize.

    Still such anger?

    Your other post definatly cleared things up and I don't know how I missed it.

    If a compressor fails, it **can** fail suddenly and without warning but in most cases a failing compressor will give warning. They will usually make a lot of noise fefore they sieze.

    But if it were to suddenly sieze it could snap the belt and result in a loss of power steering. Highly unlikely put I guess someone who was unable to react to the loss of power assist could have a problem.

    But, this would be true with any make and model of car.

    Sorry for the confusion. It wasn't intentional.
  • crvdude1crvdude1 Posts: 47
    Honda has a website to share your experiences of your Honda automobile.

    http://automobiles.honda.com/mile-makers/submission.aspx

    Here you go! You can show off the exploded a/c compressor.
  • tapone1tapone1 Posts: 8
    Faxed the one dealer that looked at my car (closer to home) my service history from the dealer closer to my work. Not holding out too much hope as yesterday the service mgr hinted that it may be "a couple hundred bucks".

    I understand that no car company is going to be perfect, I just happen to like the Subaru more than any car out there....until I drove a TSX at lunch.

    Saga continues...
  • smalltalksmalltalk Posts: 5
    I have a new ac compressor and brakes. today I started the suv and the brake light came on, door locks stopped working and ac blowing hot air. what could be the problem?
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,719
    "b) I have actually re-programmed the de-fogger to have manual over ride over the compressor engagement. Simply because A/C is not always needed. Winter air is usually dried by the formation of snow crystals."

    Just wondering, but on my 2003 the "de-programming" actually just turned off the AC light, not the compressor. Was that changed for the Gen 3?
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,719
    "I have a new ac compressor and brakes. today I started the suv and the brake light came on, door locks stopped working and ac blowing hot air. what could be the problem? "

    Well, most repairs carry a 1 year warranty, so if it is your A/C compressor blowing up, make sure they fix the entire system, not just replace the compressor.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,359
    edited July 2010
    It sounds like an electrical problem that probably doesn't have anything to do with the A/C compressor and certainly not the brakes.

    It could be something simple to track down and fix.
  • beyondoilbeyondoil Posts: 15
    Why don't you check all the fuses. Maybe there's a fuse for the fan that also works with the door locks but I don't think so.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,951
    Really? On my '02, it turned off the light and the compressor.... Did you close your eyes and click your heels together, three times? ;)

    I used this method: A/C and Defroster programming

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • tapone1tapone1 Posts: 8
    edited August 2010
    American Honda to the rescue! Still more money than I care to put into the car, but they made a nice offer. Considered it, then decided to trade the CRV in anyways. Spent the afternoon at the Subaru dealership and finally decided on a price...only to find out that their inventory system was screwed up and guess what?!?! They sold the car I just "bought" two days ago!!! Their Subaru inventory lot was over a mile a way (and yes, I would have completely checked out the car including driving it before I did the final signature for it). Looks like I getting the CRV fixed since my new car bug was killed! Besides, I have to let the Honda dealership know on Monday, and with the Legacys selling as well as they are, there simply is no comparable car in inventory in my local area.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,346
    Hey, ya gotta believe in fate, eh? Must not have meant to be, and you have TONS more moola left in your pocket and likely tons more life left in your CRV. Might as well be you that benefits from it :)
  • My compressor on my '02 failed at 44,000 miles back in '06. I do believe this is a safety issue because when my AC failed a part went flying off the car in the middle of traffic. I think it was the AC clutch. Yes, parts fail....but how many people have them just fall off a 3-year-old vehicle while driving down the street? I have seen others posting on the net with the same experience. This is a hazard and not your normal part failure. Along with the loss of the defogger, I do think it is a safety concern.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,359
    Things tend to work out for the best.

    Subarus are good cars but they have had more than their share of problems.
  • belacquabelacqua Posts: 15
    The first dealership that looked at my '02 CR-V (88,000 mi.) said the problem was the entire A/C system, no help from American Honda, and $3,000 to fix, and it took them a week to call me back and tell me. (But I didn't pay that $100 for them to assess the system ; I may have just walked out.)

    The second dealership that looked at my car said it wasn't the whole system that was contaminated, but to fix it is $2,000. No help from American Honda this time either--although I have a '97 Honda Civic with over 300,000 miles AND I bought a new Honda Element EX. The optimist would say I saved $1,000. :) The pessimist would say, I spent $23,000 (that includes the $2,000 repair.) :( I think I may have the CR-V already sold.

    This has been one big headache, but I do love the new Element, and I believe I got an exceptional deal on the Element EX. I still will write some letters to American Honda and the 1st dealership :P ; they haven't heard the last from me yet. I will go on websites that mention these dealerships by name and rate them telling of my harrowing experience with the first. :mad:

    However, I am curious if anyone else out there is getting any "goodwill warranty" help these days with the A/C issue.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,359
    edited August 2010
    Again, please don't blame the dealership. They don't make the call.
  • zgreat1zgreat1 Posts: 11
    Depending upon where you live, you may be able to find some reputable honda specialist auto-shops (most of the mechanics of these shops in my area seem to have worked for many years with some local dealership and then branch out on their own since they know they can "undercut" the dealerships on their labor and parts prices) to replace your system for around $1,600. MAKE SURE the shop provide you a detailed pricing for the different parts (compressor, condenser, etc.) for the entire system. ALSO, MAKE SURE they back flush the entire system and NOT just some of the components.

    MOST IMPORTANT, file a complaint with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) by first sending an email to Contact NHTSA on their website:
    NHTSA Contact
    You should receive a "case number" email within a week and a toll-free number 1-888-327-4236 to file a complaint. You will need to provide the time and mileage when the a/c system in your CR-V failed. You may opt out of providing your VIN. You will be asked for a contact telephone number and a mailing address to receive a copy of your complaint. NHTSA "promises" to investigate your complaint within a 48-hour window and contact you to follow up. (I filed mine today. So I will let you know what they say within the next couple of days.)You could file a complaint without first sending the email, but I suggest you do so you can receive a case number (to go along with the complaint) with a detailed summary of why you believe American Honda should be responsible for the replacement of a defective system due to the design of the a/c system in the CR-V. And also state your case why you believe driving without a/c is a SAFETY HAZARD.

    I urge all of you who have suffered the injustice of driving a CR-V in 100+F heat without a proper functioning a/c due to no fault of yours to contact NHTSA. STATE YOUR CASE to make them realize that driving w/o an a/c is a SAFETY HAZARD especially in areas that have extreme hot and cold weather AND when the well-being of young children, the aged and the sick are the unfortunate PASSENGERS involved.

    We all need to keep on pressing American Honda to NOT let them pull a BP on us. THANK YOU!!
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,359
    edited August 2010
    " due to no fault of yours"

    Than whose fault? Does it have to be someone's "fault" when a component that is way out of warranty on an eight year old car with lots of miles finally fails?

    " Let's press American Honda to NOT let them pull a BP on us"

    Am I the only one here who thinks that was totally over the top?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I urge all of you who have suffered the injustice of driving a CR-V in 100+F heat without a proper functioning a/c due to no fault of yours to contact NHTSA. STATE YOUR CASE to make them realize that driving w/o an a/c is a SAFETY HAZARD especially in areas that have extreme hot and cold weather AND when the well-being of young children, the aged and the sick are the unfortunate PASSENGERS involved.

    We all need to keep on pressing American Honda to NOT let them pull a BP on us. THANK YOU!!


    Even if EVERY ONE of the CR-V A/C compressors failed there would not be nearly as many people affected as have been by the gulf oil spill. And the ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT of a measly 1-2% of failed A/C compressors is no where near the environmental impact of the oil spill, not even 1/1,000,000th of that.

    BP is paying over $20,000,000,000 for the clean up. What is it pulling over you?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    "b) I have actually re-programmed the de-fogger to have manual over ride over the compressor engagement. Simply because A/C is not always needed. Winter air is usually dried by the formation of snow crystals."

    Just wondering, but on my 2003 the "de-programming" actually just turned off the AC light, not the compressor. Was that changed for the Gen 3?


    Not sure if the procedure applies to Gen 3....
  • My New England driven Honda Element, 2003, 88k, a/c compressor just died.

    I live in New England! I use a/c 3 months out of the year! This is not acceptable to me. SO MAD! Thinking my next vehicle will not be Honda.

    I can accept a defect, but I cannot accept how they are not owning up to it. This disgusts me.
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