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Honda CR-V AC Compressor Problems



  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,670
    Yes, we do use the A/C mode a lot in the winter. Today, it's in the mid seventies and beautiful. No A/C. Just the sunroof and fresh air.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    all you do is turn it on or off, so how does driving habits affect this?

    Yes, all you do is turn it on or off. But, depending on where you are, you turn it on or off more or less frequently. And even in a given location, some people turn them on and off and on and off a lot more than other people. BTW, I didn't say "driving habits." I said "driver habits." They are not the same. :)

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  • wzly99wzly99 Posts: 6
    Ideally, I'd like to make major purchasing and sales decisions based on factual data and not fear. I agree that the CRV is a great car, overall, and we've been very happy with it. We bought the Honda because of its reputation for quality and reliability. We did not expect that our odds of having to do a $3555.51 repair after 60,982 miles would be high given that we bought the car new and have taken meticulous care of it. Perhaps those odds actually are NOT high, and we're just unlucky. If so, then so be it. That's life.
    There just seems to be a lot of evidence out there to suggest that this failure was not a rare occurrence. I'd love to be wrong here, because we would like to keep the CRV for another 60,000+ miles. If the odds are that this will happen again in that period, then that's information we need to make a rational decision about keeping or selling the car.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,670
    I suppose it's hard to make a "rational" decision because you have no way of knowing whether your replacement compressor will last another 60,000 miles or another 260,000 miles.

    Based on what I know, I would say the odds are in your favor.

    Taking "meticulous" care of your car is a good thing but in the case of an A/C compressor that wouldn't matter.

    I'm afraid that luck does play a part in all of this.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    pdate 2007 CRV, Honda does not stock the parts to fix the 2007 CRV AC issues, so I cannot fix my car. Buyer Beware of HONDA, no support, no parts, no call backs. I thought auto companies must supply parts by law for 15 years, NOT HONDA, DOT BUY HONDA. I have rported this issue to BBB, Consumer affairs and fox news. Honda 800-999-1009 ex 117742 good luck they could care less until the layers come out to play!

    Are you sure the part was not in stock at the dealer, but they could get it for you in a couple of days from the warehouse?

    I have an 1983 Honda Magna, and 1988 Honda Prelude, I have never had a problem locating a part from Honda. Most dealers only stock commonly replaced parts, but Honda warehouses are usually within 1-2 days shipping range, and stock all the parts for pretty much all the years.

    And, since Hondas are so modular, if a specific part in not available right away, a similar part from a different model, or even make (Acura) is a suitable replacement.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    Perhaps, as I think others have hypothesized, it is not a design/manufacturing flaw in the compressor itself, but the way it is designed or installed within the CR-V specifically that makes it prone to failure. Whatever the cause is, I find it extremely hard to believe that "...CRV's DO NOT have a higher A/C compressor failure rate than other Hondas..." Or at least, if the overall failure rate is comparable to other Hondas, the type of failure (and associated expense!) for the CR-V appears to be a clear outlier.

    If it is indeed the same A/C system as installed in the Accord or a Civic, then it is under designed, since CR-V has greater volume of air to circulate than either of those sedans.
  • tuck0539tuck0539 Posts: 1
    I have a 1998 V with well over 200K miles & have a few questions about it. It's been a great car since we got it not quite a year ago (family hand me down), but the compressor has started to knock. Are the 1st gens in the lemon compressor category too? It still blows cold air. If it's still in the process of shelling, can I get by with replacing only the compressor? This car books for just over the cost of a full system replacement, so I don't see wasting the money on it. Some of this may have been covered already, but I couldn't bring myself to read so many pages, sorry.
  • You said, "Some will fail at 250,000 miles and on the other end, a few may fail at 65,000 miles." 65, 000 miles! If only I had been that lucky. Try 30, 000 miles twice. What are the chances? But buying a car from Honda or any other manufacturer for that matter, should not be about chance or luch. It should be about trust and good standards of production and workmanship.

    Read my post #1480 of 1525 Waiting for Honda to do the right thing by compressorx2 Jul 14, 2010 (8:07 pm)
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,670
    You would be VERY wise to get it replaced now before it blows and contaminates the system with metal fragments.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,670
    You really should buy lottery tickets. I think your odds would be better.

    Two compressors at 30,000 miles?
  • godzillygodzilly Posts: 3
    My 2006 CRV has a funky smell when the fan is first turned on or after A/C has been turned off and fan is still running.

    we've had filter changed and deoderant sprayed in but it retruns,

    Has anyone had similar problems? Any solutions?

  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    I have a 1998 V with well over 200K miles & have a few questions about it. It's been a great car since we got it not quite a year ago (family hand me down), but the compressor has started to knock. Are the 1st gens in the lemon compressor category too? It still blows cold air. If it's still in the process of shelling, can I get by with replacing only the compressor? This car books for just over the cost of a full system replacement, so I don't see wasting the money on it. Some of this may have been covered already, but I couldn't bring myself to read so many pages, sorry.

    Gen 1 CR-V's are not part of this "problem"
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,670
    edited July 2010
    Just be sure to have your valves adjusted on that Gen 1 CRV.

    Those are very rugged engines that have the old dual overhead cams. If valve adjustments aren't done, they will sometimes burn a valve.

    Otherwise, change your timing belt every 100K and keep your oil changed and drive it another 200K.
  • crvdude1crvdude1 Posts: 47
    It is the moisture inside the ducts and vents.
    Put the a/c in fresh air mode 5 minutes before you arrive at your destination.
    And make sure you turn the temperature gauge to middle (1/2 hot/cold)
    This will dry up the moisture and won't be stinky next time.
    Yes it will be less "cold" but this is the only way to "dry up" the inside.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,670
    There is another possibly that I hate to think about.

    Sometimes rodents will squeeze into the system and die.

    It's a miserable job getting them out of there afterwards.

    Probably not the case unless the odor is REAL bad!
  • alana50alana50 Posts: 12
    A compressor going out on a 12 year old car with over 200K seems to me to be within 'normal limits' for a part to wear out to me.
    The issue here seems to be that many people have autos with relatively low mileage have to replace multiple compressors within a short period of time and
  • cricket29cricket29 Posts: 3
    edited July 2010
    Hi. We`re original owners of 2004 Honda CRV LX, purchased June 2004. 43K miles, no problems. A/C worked fine until today. (Live in Phoenix, so 100 degree summers.) It seemed a bit chilly, so I kept lowering the fan dial. It got too warm inside, so I upped it again and felt the air wasn`t coming out as cold as before. Stopped at destination, and, upon leaving, started car with no problem; no strange sounds from A/C. As we drove in the parking lot suddenly heard grinding, like I was dragging something and determined it was the A/C. (Needless to say, drive home was a bit warm.) I turned it off, and of course, wondered what happened and appx. the cost of repair. Can you help? Could it possibly be under warranty? Thank you.
    Update: Found a LOT of complaints about compressors when googled.
  • cricket29cricket29 Posts: 3
    Hi. Has there been any movement on this one? We got the A/C grind for the first time on our 2004 CRV today. Not good in over 100 degree heat.
  • belacquabelacqua Posts: 15
    I posted earlier this month when my air went out. (2002 EX) Since that time I have taken my CR-V to a local dealer to access the problem. At the time my air went out, there were no funny noises, smells, etc. It just stopped cooling. Still, the result was that the whole system needs replacing.

    Earlier I posted the link to the service bulletin (updated April 2010) about this problem--11 pages. It clearly says that there is a "defect." I took the bulletin with me to the dealership. After the prognosis, I requested, since there is a defect in the system, a "goodwill" warranty. I didn't request that the warranty cover the entire amount ($3.000). Everyone at the dealership was very nice to me. It cost me nothing to take my car in to determine the problem. I'm waiting to hear what the zone manager says about my goodwill "warranty" request.

    My plan is to get the A/C fixed--somehow--and sell it.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,670
    Don't delay in having it looked at! It could be something simple.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,670
    Sell it and buy what?

    No car is immume from an occasional problem and Hondas are far better than most cars.
  • zgreat1zgreat1 Posts: 11
    Belacqua, can you re-post the link to the service bulletin, please?. I brought my 2003 CR-V EX (with 77k miles) to a local Honda "specialist" mechanic who inspected the a/c system and came up with "the compressor has locked up" and recommended replacing the entire system, compressor, clutch, coil and desiccant element and back flushing the condenser and lines. I showed the "diagnosis" to a local Honda Dealer's service manager but he said that the only way to determine the "real problem" is for his dealership to perform the diagnosis themselves for a fee of $100. I asked what American Honda would help out, if any, as "goodwill", he said, "anything from nothing to 20%" and "if I am a good customer (meaning 1st owner, has owned multiple Hondas, great service record, then I might be looking at 50%) He estimated $3K to replace the entire system, but he said it could be a little less with warranty pricing. So, please let me know what you managed to receive as goodwill from American Honda.

    I showed the diagnosis to another Honda "specialist" shop, they recommended to replace the condenser AND to flush out the ENTIRE a/c system. They also recommended me to bring my CR-V to another dealer's service manager to see what he can do for me.

    My plan is the same as yours. Fix the a/c and sell it. Until American Honda owns up to putting defective parts in the a/c system of the CR-V's (I can't say about the other models), I will look elsewhere for a more "reliable" and "dependable" product. :sick:

    p.s. I had to replace a bad compressor on my 2001 CR-V at 68K miles. Didn't knew it was a defective part then. Perhaps, it was not. This CR-V has 100+K miles and the a/c is still working (for now!!! knock on wood!). I also own a 2007 Odyssey. And recommended my neighbors to buy Honda! So I am a loyal customer. I expect American Honda to treat customers like me right! That's all!
  • jim442jim442 Posts: 6
    My 07 with 48K on it just had the AC compressor fail. My mechanic called and said the compressor is unavailable for 4-6 weeks from Honda, both reman and new ones.
    I called my local Honda service dept., they had the nerve to say that only one CRV has came through this year with a bad AC. I asked them about the reason for the back order on compressors, they replied that it was most likely due to Honda having a glitch in their inventory process.
    OK . It's summer, No compressors equals no problem ? Don't think so. Honda is the master of denial. They also have never recognized the vibration felt at idle ( with the AC on) that has occured since day one on our CRV.
  • belacquabelacqua Posts: 15
    Here's the link:

    When I tried the link before posting here, I got a "link deny" message. I don't know what that's about. I hope it works for you.

    If you own a Honda, you own a Honda. Period. I don't see what difference it makes if you are the first, second, or third owner. Likewise, if you kept the car up with all services, it shouldn't make any difference who serviced it. And it should also make no difference if you have previously owned a Honda. The logic is--if the dealer treats you right, you will purchase your NEXT Honda from them. I don't fit the likely description of those receiving "good-will," but I will let you know.
  • ohiojeffohiojeff Posts: 3
    I just got hit by this bad boy. We have a 2004 CR-V with only 51K miles on it and it blew up this morning. Dealer initially quoted us $3200. I then got a call this evening from the service manager at that dealership. I told him I knew about the TSB and was going to call Honda. He said that it would be faster if I just let him talk to the local rep and that he thought that he could probably get the cost down to $2000. I called Honda and opened a call with them anyways. Who should I trust? If this is a TSB, then the dealer knew about it. Will I have better luck with them or going straight to Honda? Anyone have experience with this?

  • ohiojeffohiojeff Posts: 3
    We just had this same problem today and called Honda Corporate to open a case for it. I would recommend you do the same, and post here what happens.
  • Simple? If anyone knows of a simple or inexpensive repair please put it simply I am disappointed in Honda and cannot recommend one to anyone at this point!
  • dianawdianaw Posts: 7
    You have to make a formal complaint at the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. 888 327 4236 they are the people who recall vehicles. Honda has no parts I have a 2007 w/no AC and have been waiting 2 months now for parts. File a complaint.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,670
    The NHTSA has nothing to do with this.

    I find it hard to believe that this can be for real. Two months and no compressors in stock??

    I'll poke into this and see what I can find out.
  • dianawdianaw Posts: 7
    NHTSA are the people who issue recalls...........not Honda, I have poked and poked. Call Honda America they will tell you to call NHTSA, they issue the recalls.
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