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Honda CR-V, Heating / Cooling, SUV
#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.
#1254 of 2218 Re: 2000 Compressor [doneaster]
Jul 23, 2009 (5:18 pm)
Do you know where I can get more information about the condenser issue? I'm a person who believes in finding a permanent solution to a problem, not just putting a band-aid on it--especially not a band-aid that costs thousands of dollars. Since I have to replace the whole A/C system, I want to make sure the new parts will work like they should, and if that means not using Honda parts, that's fine with me as long as they fit the car and work properly. I'm not a mechanic so I will have to have someone do the work for me, but I do want to know how to fix the problem so I don't get ripped off.
#1255 of 2218 2003 Honda CRV Air Conditioner went out today.
Jul 24, 2009 (6:25 pm)
My 2003 honda CRV (60K miles) air conditioner quit working today, probably the compressor?. Do I have any recourse with Honda? It seems that many people are having or had the same problem.
#1256 of 2218 Re: 2003 Honda CRV Air Conditioner went out today. [carroll2009]
Jul 25, 2009 (6:37 pm)
You will first have to go to a Honda dealer and get a diagnostic and an estimate. This will cost around 100.00 depending on your location. Sometimes the dealer will call Honda corporate for you. Before the recession, Honda was helping some folks based on brand loyalty, mileage, etc. Lately from the posts on here they are not covering much at all.
BTW, did your A/C just stop working or did your compressor make a loud noise before the A/C went out?
Good luck with the Honda corporate. Let us know the outcome.