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Honda CR-V, Heating / Cooling, SUV
#1244 of 2218 Re: To replace or not to replace [madams1]
Jul 17, 2009 (2:01 pm)
If you don't have a warranty, REPLACE IT NOW. All 2002- 2006 CRV's will almost certainly need a new AC compressor. If you don't replace it before it goes, the entire system has to be replaced and/or completely cleaned, because when they go -- they explode, throwing debris into every inch of your AC System. The irony is, the old body-style had the same compressor (I'm told it's a Khein), which Honda knew was problematic, but they simply used a "new & improved" unit in the 2002- 2006 models. In my opinion, Honda does need to own up and replace every compressor with another model. It requires some retro-fit, but it's more reasonable than multiple replacements of the original. Anyone else think we have grounds for a class-action???
#1245 of 2218 Re: To replace or not to replace [madams1]
Jul 17, 2009 (5:02 pm)
If it's making a rumbling noise, I would replace the compressor ASAP. Mine made a similar noise and I thought it was the blower fan. Boy was I wrong! $1200 is cheap compared to what they charge if you wait for it to fail. If it fails, what happens is that the clutch rod inside the compressor breaks up and sends tiny pieces of metal throughout the system, making it necessary to replace the entire A/C system, not just the compressor. I replaced just the compressor and it only lasted 2 months. Now I'm without A/C in Florida in the summer because I can't afford to pay over $3000 to fix it. The reason the price is so high is because it is labor-intensive, that is, the engine has to be moved to get the compressor out and install a new one, not to mention all the hoses, etc. The compressor is located on the bottom of the engine compartment near the front passenger-side wheel.
#1246 of 2218 Re: To replace or not to replace [sweltering_crv]
Jul 17, 2009 (5:52 pm)
Thanks for the replies. I believe that I will take it in and get an updated estimate. I plan to keep it at least 2 more years. So if I replace it now, it will be cheaper and I can expect it to last a few years(hopefully).
So has anyone figured out if it is the compressor that is bad or the location or the design(configuration)?
#1247 of 2218 Re: To replace or not to replace [sweltering_crv]
Jul 17, 2009 (6:50 pm)
My car is a 2000 and I had 154K miles when the compressor went out last week; the mechanics went way beyond what they had to in order to get everything working because it took them installing TWO compressors- the first reaplacement part was defective.
I called the 800 # to be told that there were no reports of problems w/ compressors and that there are no mentions in the Honda literature about such..
(Tell me more- I love it when you lie to me again, baby!)
This is, BTW, the first major problem w/ the auto.
#1248 of 2218 Re: CR-V: AC Compressor Issues 
Jul 17, 2009 (8:04 pm)
My 137k 2000 CR-V's A/C compressor failed catastrophically tonight. A/C was working fine, just heard about fifteen seconds of whistling in time with the engine rpms, then an explosion under the hood and the sudden smell of oil through the vents. Pulled over quickly, shut the car off, raised the hood to find oil and aluminum debris all over the engine compartment, and a silver-dollar-sized chunk of the compressor housing punched in.
Not really out of line for a compressor to fail after so many miles, but taking down the whole system is unacceptable. By reading the posts here I have a game plan and a good idea about what to expect from the repair process.
Other than the un-tempered anti-sway bars in the rear (one side failed at 8k, the other at 11k) and killing a battery every 36 months, the car has been trouble-free.
#1249 of 2218 Re: CR-V: AC Compressor Issues [nilar]
Jul 18, 2009 (6:32 am)
According to an earlier reply to my original message, the same compressor was used in your model year. I had not read too many compressors going bad in your model year, but there have been some. Kind of scary the way you describe the damage. Let us know the outcome.
#1251 of 2218 Some compressor research I did.
Jul 19, 2009 (12:27 pm)
According to one of the service manual instructions for A/C compressor replacement it is a KEIHIN. I thought a HS110R, but maybe not.
"ĽUse refrigerant oil (KEIHIN SP-10) for HFC-134a KEIHIN spiral type compressor only."
Spectra Premium claims to make a high-quality replacment compressor (SPI0610078) for the 2002-04 models that sells for around $400.
This is the description:
"SPECTRA PREMIUM A/C COMPRESSOR, NEW -- With Clutch, Meets Or Exceeds OEM Specifications, 100% Factory Run Tested To Ensure Optimum Product Performance, Endurance Tested Using Endurance Simulator, Manufactured Under QS-9000, ISO 9002 Certified Quality Systems, Carefully Packaged For Product Quality And Installation, With Spectra's Limited 1-Year Warranty"
Ebay has allot of compressors selling in the low $200's but they are likely refabs.
#1252 of 2218 Re: 2000 Compressor [alana50]
Jul 20, 2009 (8:26 am)
Alana, I'm not an AC expert but from what research I've done on how Air Conditioning works, it appears that there is a major flaw in the design of the AC Units in a lot of Honda CR-V's. A local, very reputable AC Mechanic, told me that the flues or passage ways in the Condenser Unit which is supposed to cool the freon down so that it will turn back into a gas, are too small. This causes the freon to remain in a liquid state and when this liquid freon gets to the compressor (and the compressor's job is to compress the freon when it is in the form of a gas.) Liquid freon doesn't compress very well so this causes the compressor to either lock up or implode and sometimes very violently like a small explosion, and this can happen at any time. Honda should be required to correct this problem at no cost to the consumer, because they have known it was a problem for several years now. I understand that there is a Class Action Lawsuit pending on this very issue. I got an e-mail from a lawyer about this and he said that when it happens try to get whoever replaces the AC System to give you the old Compressor and the Condenser for evidence. Most Honda Dealers must have been informed not to let the consumer have the old compressor or the condenser because when mine was repaired recently at a cost of $1976.79 they wouldn't allow me to have the old parts they claimed they were required to send them back to Honda America.
#1253 of 2218 Re: To replace or not to replace [alana50]
Jul 23, 2009 (4:40 am)
My car is a 2002 Honda CRV and has had the air conditioning compressor replaced four times and has now gone out again. It seems that Honda needs to make a change to the compressor.