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Honda CR-V, Heating / Cooling, SUV
#1434 of 2218 A stitch in time saves $2000.
Jun 27, 2010 (10:44 am)
My 2003 Honda CR-V has had the black death A/C blowout twice. It seems to happen about every 75,000 miles, or sooner. Now I have 204,000 miles. Therefore, I expect this problem to happen any day.
If there were one particular A/C element which causes this problem, it might be worth the cost to have that part replaced immediately.
I'm reminded of an old Ford Escort I owned. The drive chain was due to be replaced at 100,000. I went 101,000, and wrecked the engine. That was my fault.
Unfortunately, with this Honda CR-V A/C problem, Honda doesn't even warn us.
#1435 of 2218 Honda AC clas action lawsuit
Jun 28, 2010 (3:34 pm)
I signed up for this and hopefully everyone else will. This is ridiculous. I just rented a car for vacation as my 2003 CRV AC blew at 61000 miles. That was 2 years ago and I refuse to put our money into something that is HONDA'S fault. They had similar problems with transmissions a few years ago. Come on everyone...let's make HONDA PAY
Jun 28, 2010 (3:46 pm)
I watch these messages and, hopefully, I don't jinx myself but I own a 2004 and 2005 CRV, and my sister-in-law has a 2003. So far so good on all of them... our two cars are pretty low mileage 50K and 60K, but my sister-in-law's 2003 is up there.
Jun 28, 2010 (7:54 pm)
My current mechanic has a theory that the reason these are failing so often is that the debris from the defective part(s) has spread throughout the cooling system itself. This very fine metallic dust must be blown out of the cooling system to avoid future problems. Again this is a theory and i have no real way of knowing if this was done in the previous two repairs as i am still trying to get the paperwork from the dealer. All thoughts welcome...and yes i have signed up for the legal action (approx one week ago and have not heard back from them....)
#1438 of 2218 Honda Compressor Blew-up
Jun 28, 2010 (8:03 pm)
My wife's 2001 Honda CRV AC wasn't working .She tookin=t the mecahnic that wusually works on our vehicles. He said the compressor had blown up and the entiresytem would need replacing.This was on Sat. He called todayand gave us the bad news.. the price. I have read on here that Honda might help with this repair.Is this true. The vehicle has 147,000 miles on it. I hate to have it fixed if it going to happen again in 30-50,000 miles. The mecahnic said it was going to be the most expensive ac repair he has ever done. If this is as common as it seems to be then HONDA should bear the cost , or at least some of it.
#1439 of 2218 Re: Honda Compressor Blew-up [bill285]
Jun 29, 2010 (9:30 am)
We bought a used 2004 CRV in mid may with 63K miles (we also have a 1999 with 213K and going strong) from a Honda dealership. 35 days after driving it off their lot, the ac compressor blew up. We took it back to the dealer and they said they would give us parts at cost, but, that we would still owe over $2,000. We called Honda America and was told that there is not a problem with these vehicles and that they would not do anything to help, talk to our dealership. Our service manager said that this is the very first time he has seen anything like this happen and that it is not a problem that he is aware of. Funny, he also knew that our compressor exploded and all they did was a visual inspection and that we would also need to replace the entire system. I did some further research and found that you can log complaints on the NHTSA site and found that in the past 3 years, 61% of ALL complaints on this vehicle are ALL compressor related. Log your complaint there and also join the class action suit ... Honda has really let me down.
#1440 of 2218 Honda CRV A/C Compressor
Jun 29, 2010 (9:32 am)
Sadly I have to add my vehicle to this very long list of a/c compressor failures. My CRV is a 2003 with 103,000 miles on it. Of the $3,000 cost to fix, Honda is going to kick in 25%, which is better than nothing, but not that great considering how many of these are failing and how expensive they are to replace. My dealership has been great throughout, but Honda corporate customer service leaves a lot to be desired. I was told that because of the high miles (don't they advertise that their cars will just go forever?) the only reason they're giving me anything is because I've had all my repairs done at the dealership. Otherwise, I'd get nothing. Here's a direct quote "eventually the owner of the vehicle has to take responsibility for repairs". Now, I bought it new, bought the extended warranty and financed it with them. None of which made a bit of difference. Oh, and while my dealer told me that 100% of these systems will eventually fail, corporate said it is a very small percentage, regardless of what I've read on the internet. So, I will fix it, and trade it for something other than a Honda. I guess this is a classic case of buyer beware. Lesson learned.
#1441 of 2218 Re: Honda CRV A/C Compressor [jmc44]
Jun 29, 2010 (10:34 am)
Ask the dealer if they are putting in a Keihin or Seltec brand compressor.
Keihin will eventually failed according to other people postings. Keihin has discontinued manufacturing the compressor. It seems Seltec is another choice.
I just found this:
Subject: Re: Keihin compressor exploded
Date: August 01, 2003 at 08:50:51
Posted by: M. Mack on via: or 18.104.22.168
In Reply to: The message posted by David on July 30, 2003 at 18:49:08:
If you can find two different oils in your sample, you may be able to show that one of them was not compatible with R-134A or that one oil was not compatible with the other.
When the compressor failed, you lost an undetermined amount of oil that was mixed with refrigerant,therefore it is not realistic to prove how much oil was in the system before.
Although I have never seen any published data of explosive limits, it is a fact that certain mixtures of R-134A & air have been known to explode. That is why technicians are warned not to leak test R-134A systems with air.
My bet is either: 1) You had some air in your system due to the system being open to atmosphere (hard to prove though) and conditions were right for explosion, or 2) The system lost some refrigerant during the past year, sucked air, and conditions were right for explosion.
And this :
This bulletin clearly mentioned late 80's early 90's Keihin Hondas have A/C compressor issues.
#1442 of 2218 Honda CRV 2002 A/C replaced for the 2nd time
Jun 29, 2010 (3:52 pm)
There is a definite problem with the Honda ACs. I had the total AC system replaced in 8/2005 and fortunately it was under Warranty. Recently, in May I was told by the Dealership I had to replace the whole AC again for $2800. I took it for 2nd opinion to a reputable mechanic in Baltimore and the only thing that needed to be replaced was the compressor. I don't know what the mechanic did but the AC is working better than when I got the car brand new. I saved myself $1800.00. If you live in Maryland take your car to the Catonsville Car Care Center. They're excellent.
#1443 of 2218 Re: Honda CRV 2002 A/C replaced for the 2nd time [oath]
Jun 30, 2010 (8:38 am)
I think a good local auto A/C specialist can tell you more about the issue then the dealership.