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#446 of 493 1997 Accord A/C compressor
Jun 09, 2010 (1:50 pm)
I have been hearing a grinding sound coming from my engine lately, and i was looking under the hood to see if i could find the problem, i found a wheel that was sticking and as far as i can tell it is the A/C compressor, but im not 100%. I have searched for a diagram online, and have not been able to find one that labels it. It has a belt that connects to what i think is the crankshaft pulley which is connected with a belt to the alternator. my car is a 1997 Honda Accord ex V6 with a C27A4 2.7 L engine. if anyone has any advice on how to trouble shoot, or who can find a diagram that shows the lable of the A/C compressor i would appreciate it a lot. also i dont know if the two have anything in common, but a little before the noise began it started leaking oil, i changed the oil, replaced the oil filter, and it still leaks oil.
any help is much appreciated
#447 of 493 Re: 1997 Accord A/C compressor [dextin]
Jun 10, 2010 (3:25 am)
Do a search on google images to see what a compressor looks like. Sometimes they post a wiring diagram as well as one that is disassembled.
#448 of 493 Re: 1997 Accord A/C compressor [corkscrew]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 10, 2010 (6:54 am)
Also if corkscrews excellent suggestion doesn't work, you can find the various diagrams HERE
#449 of 493 Re: 1997 Accord A/C compressor [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 10, 2010 (8:18 am)
Thanks Mr Shiftright and Corkscrew that helped alot, i am now 100% sure that it is the A/C compressor. i looked it up some more and looked closer at the compressor and it looks like the clutch to the compressor has locked up so it wont spin, the belt was just spinning around the locked up pulley. With those diagrams i could see that luckily the belt is only for the compressor and not linked directly to the alternator like other models, because i did not like the idea of having a belt slipping on the pulley making horrible smells, and the possibility of it then breaking and knocking into other belts, i cut the belt off. so now all the noises have stopped along with the smells. i talked to some shops and they say its about $700 bucks just for the new compressor kit, plus i would have to recharge, and replace other things that come along with replacing the compressor, so after all that plus labor, everyone quoted me around $1,100. they also suggested i try a junk yard to find a compressor, but i still don't have the money for that right now. so i guess this will be a hot summer for now. thanks for everyone who replied, i appreciate you taking time from your day to help me. and if anyone has any other suggestions on fixing it i would love to hear what you think.
#450 of 493 Re: 1997 Accord A/C compressor [dextin]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 10, 2010 (8:32 am)
You could try for a used compressor but if your old compressor actually seized up (you can't turn it by hand and the belt couldn't turn it) then this may not be enoug---why? Because when a compressor seizes, it often (not always but often) sends metal debris throughout the AC system, requiring that many other components be either cleaned or replaced. If you put in a used compressor and don't get all the old debris out, the second compressor will probably seize up too, soon enough.
#451 of 493 1989 ex-i transmission / diode issue
Jun 14, 2010 (8:42 pm)
I've recently picked up a 89 accord and was told about the "issue" it has, but im not 100% sure they were honest about its defects. The engine itself seems to run fine and the electrical works, but it wont shift into gear and i was told this is because of a burnt out diode. I would like to know if anyone has any experience with this type of issue and how to go about fixing it.
#452 of 493 Re: 1989 ex-i transmission / diode issue [laffytaffy1991]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 15, 2010 (6:48 am)
You mean you can't move the gear lever or you mean you can move the lever into drive but nothing happens?
If the former, you may have a simple problem of a bad brake light switch which will not release the gearshift "neutral safety" system. You can release the lever by inserting a screwdriver into a slot that should be nearby the lever.
If you mean the latter, your transmission is shifted hydraulically, not electronically, so you either have a badly adjusted or broken shift cable, no fluid in the transmission, or a bad transmission.
Anytime someone says "all it needs is a simple ____" one has to wonder why they never did it prior to sale.
#453 of 493 97 Accord ex Horn
Jun 15, 2010 (8:01 am)
I recently bought a 1997 Accord ex, and stupid me i didn't test the horn before i bought it. i guess its just something you don't think of being a problem. Anyway, after getting it i was driving it to get safety and emissions when a person cut me off and almost clipped the front of my car, when i pushed the horn to let them know i was there because i couldn't swerve no sound came out. it still passed safety but i would like to know if there is a way to test if the horn is bad, or if i need to replace it. I have done some research but i need a diagram of the horn and where to find it or something, i have made sure all the fuzzes are good, i have checked like 5 times. any advice is wonderfully appreciated, thanks
#454 of 493 Re: 97 Accord ex Horn [dextin]
Jun 15, 2010 (8:16 am)
If you do end-up needing to have the horn replaced, its a relatively easy fix; fairly inexpensive too. I'm no mechanic, so I'm sorry I can't answer your direct question.
#455 of 493 Re: 97 Accord ex Horn [thegraduate]
Jun 15, 2010 (8:23 am)
So you do think that i could do it myself? Im pretty handy with a wrench, haha, but i have a brother and brother in law who love to help with any auto repair, so i just need to know how about diagnosing the problem and first off where to find the dang horn.