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Honda Accord Climate Control Questions

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  • I'd much like the hack even though I don't believe for one minute that the compressor actually comes on. How could it be if indicator light is off (i.e., manual A/C)?

    If this is indeed what is happening, I'd love to see that hack. I absolutely hate the idea that the manufacturer would feel obliged to do this. After all, warm air + defrost can usually defrost a window very nicely without A/C. Otherwise, how would cars have been able to function for decades without it?

    MAK
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I don't know where you live, but here in South Louisiana, on a hot humid night, you don't want to use a lot of heat to defog your windshield. Living here, if you don't have the compressor to dry the air, you would have to use enough heat to bake chickens, and it takes about 5 times longer. A/C operation may not be necessary in Arizona, but in Louisiana it certainly is. When I was young we had cars without A/C, so we had to keep a towel handy to wipe the condensation off the windshield. Ahhh, the good ole days. :(
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I don't believe for one minute that the compressor actually comes on. How could it be if indicator light is off (i.e., manual A/C)?

    Well, believe it my friend. Sit idling, with your fan on, vents set on face, A/C off. Then press defrost. You'll hear the A/C kick on. If you press the A/C button, it doesn't turn off. You can hear and feel this. The hack works.

    And, along with elroy, I live in the South (Birmingham, AL) and second the comments about the heat!
  • That might explain why the engine revs lackluster from a start with defrost on! And I thought it was the sludge they use for oil for the first 7k miles. I've not been happy with the responsiveness of the 4cyl/AT so far (500 miles). My last car was a stick, but I needed to trade to accommodate my wife's inability to drive it.

    Let me know if anyone finds the right wire to snip to keep that compressor off. I simply don't need it here in Chicago most days.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    There is a hack to make it user-selectable for defrost. If I had more time I'd try and locate it for you, but at the moment, I don't. Try searching "Hack" in the 2003-2007 Accord maintenance forum.
  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    I think it has changed for the 08 models. I remember seeing it in one of the manuals that came with my Accord that said if you don't want the AC on when using the other functions push on the AC on/off button till you see AC off and it should turn it off. But of course, you would have to do it every time (I guess?).
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The hack doesn't work on ANY models with auto climate control.
  • I have an 08 Accord Coupe. Which uses more gas? putting in on auto which uses a combination of AC, heat and fresh air? Or using the fan and temp at 79 or so. Even setting it at 79 it comes through cool and like it is using the AC. Which would be more fuel efficient to use? This is a EX-L V6.
  • Its pretty simple; to be more efficient, turn A/C off manually.
  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    Unless you live in a cool area, the cold air coming through is with the AC on. The AC is on whether it reads AC On, AUTO, or even no read out at all. The only time the AC is off on the 08 (at least the EXL model) is when it reads "AC Off".
  • I don't put the AC button on. I don't have the auto on. It says if you use the fan it is in semi auto mode. So how can the AC be working if I don'thave the button pushed on. I am new to climate control so don't quite understand it.
  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    My understanding from the owners' manual and other posts in Edmunds is that most other function on the climate control turn the AC on automatically that could not be obvious to you. the owners manual says the only time the AC is off is when the display reads "AC off".
  • the owners manual says the only time the AC is off is when the display reads "AC off".

    Bingo.

    We had Auto climate control in our Honda for 6 years, this is true.
  • WHILE BACKING OUT OF MY DRIVEWAY, THEN PUTTING THE CAR IN DRIVE I NOTICE LIKE A CLUNK OR CLICK GOING INTO DRIVE AND I DON'T MEAN THE AUTO LOCKING OF THE DOORS. THAT IS A DIFFERENT NOISE. IS THIS SOMETHING HONDA'S DO?
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    WHILE BACKING OUT OF MY DRIVEWAY, THEN PUTTING THE CAR IN DRIVE I NOTICE LIKE A CLUNK OR CLICK GOING INTO DRIVE AND I DON'T MEAN THE AUTO LOCKING OF THE DOORS. THAT IS A DIFFERENT NOISE. IS THIS SOMETHING HONDA'S DO?

    Yes, you can easily hear the transmission when shifting the gears.
  • I have 1999 Honda Accord. Recently, the buttons on the Climate control panel stopped working. The round knobs controlling air flow into the car and the temperature are fine. It is just that I cannot control where air gets directed via those buttons. At the same time, the clock is not illuminated (the clock is fine). Would like to find out if there is a fuse or an electrical component controlling both (control panel and the clock light) has gone bad? if yes, where can I find it?

    thanks
    rajesh
  • I'm having I think the exact same problem. Clock no longer illuminated, and the climate control/air flow controls randomly turn on-and-off, or sometimes flashes on-and-off at seemingly fixed time intervals.

    I didn't notice this problem until I changed the battery a few months ago, at which time the problems almost immediately started. Did you by chance change your battery prior to your problems? If so maybe that's our fix!!
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I was having similar problems with my car. The gauge display for P N D D3 2 1 would not light up, and when this happened the A/C lights would not work, and the A/C would not blow cold air. Turns out, I had a weak battery. Changed the battery, and it hasn't happened again (at least 1 year ago). IMO, you need to have the strongest battery you can afford for these cars. I don't think my second battery is going to last very long either. Optima is next.
  • I would like to find out, if you were able to resolve the problem. I am having the same problem. thanks
    rajesh
  • doug9doug9 Posts: 6
    I was driving it last summer with heat blowing out and couldn't turn it off. I even recharged the freon with a kit. Well turned out to be something simple. I was tinkering around and pulled off the cool hot adjust switch. The inside of the knob was cracked. So when I was turning the knob, it was not actually turning the switch itself. So it was always in the hot position. How funny was that. I just replaced the knob and worked. I ended up selling the car a few months ago anyway.
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