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#393 of 537 Maximizing the FIT AC Performace
Oct 16, 2009 (10:47 pm)
FIT AC Solution
I have a 2007 Honda FIT 75K miles and live and work in Riverside County, Ca (Inland Empire). It really gets hot here in the summer but no humidity. At about 70K miles it started blowing hot air when I would come to a stop. Hereís how I fixed this. First, we all know Hondas have weak ACís compared to domestic vehicles. I have owned four, all have had weak ACs. BUT, here's an important way to improve the FIT and probably all other carís AC performance. The AC condenser on the FIT is unprotected and sets very low to the ground. It picks up all the rocks and junk off the roads, especially freeways. This severely clogs/blocks the condenser channels and bends the fins of the condenser. Then, air is restricted and does not remove the heat off the condenser. So, if you have any miles at all on your FIT check your condenser. You'll notice the damage already. Your AC performance is being adversally affected by this. Spend several hours straightening out the fins as best you can and cleaning out all the small rocks, etc from the condenser channels using a thin firm wire or wiper blade steel strip. Then, spray water thru the condenser to remove all particles.
Next measure the condenser, cut a piece of aluminum window screen to the measurements and paint it black. Do not use the fiberglass type screen. The aluminum type is firmer and will stop stones B4 they get to the condenser. Make sure you fasten the screen down, especially the bottom.
Next, put a high grade heat reflecting limo tint on the rear window and rear door glasses. I have had a lighter tint on my front door windows for 2 years. So far the cops have not bothered me. Finally, put the same high grade limo tint from the rear on to the TOP of your windshield on the inside. Some state laws allow 12" but check your state laws for legality. In all cases, I think a certain amount is legal.
Always place a fold out type sun blocker up aginst the insie of the windshield when parked.
When 1st starting out, crack the rear windows to exhaust the hot air rapidally.
I did all these things to my FIT and it really helped improve the AC efficiency. It is now very confortable, even when the temp iis >100 degrees. This should for you as well. Good luck.
#394 of 537 2009 Honda Fit A/C Problems..
Aug 11, 2010 (8:56 am)
My Fit is located in the Atlanta Ga. area..The 1st trip to Fla. the a/c froze up after 2 hours of driving on the interstate..It was hot outside..mid to upper 90's..Vent stays on re-circulate..Coldest Setting..This Is Unacceptable!!
Took it to the dealer..well sir: everything checks out ok..nothing we can do untill it breaks or developes a problem that we can find!! BULL/S...!!
A/C is fine around town..short trips..BUT..Go on a trip & see what happens..the blower motor slows down to NOTHING..can barely feel it!..I Turned The A/C off at the dash to let it re-cycle for 30 seconds..little to NO good!
The Car Is TINTED to the Maximum Tint..Color is tidewater blue..
It Would seem to me as an outsider looking in..All Honda has to do is.. change the value codes in the computer of the vehicle!!
My sister in-law in jax.fla has the2009 fit sport with NO a/c problems..So the moral of the story? BUYER BEWARE!! If The dealer wont let you borrow or test drive the car for a minimum 2 hours....DON't BUY IT!!!!!
#395 of 537 UPDATE 2009 Honda Fit A/C Problems
Aug 17, 2010 (7:30 am)
Folks..Here Is The FIX For Your A/C Problems...Call American Honda..File Your Complaint!! Deceide Which Dealer In Your Area Has The BEST Service Department..
American Honda Will Bend Over Backwards To Accomodate You! I'm On Vacation In Fla. And I STUMBLED Upon Autoway Honda In Clearwater Fla. Have Your Dealer Call Chuck At 1-888-532-9181..His Tech Found The Problem Straight Away..My 09 Fit Had A Bad A/C Expansion Block..In Other Words The A/C Worked Fine Around Town On Short Trips..BUT..As Soon As You Hit The Hwy On A Trip..The A/C Would FREEZE Up & All But Quit About 1 1/2-2 Hours Into The Trip!!
So, All This Other BULL Is Just That..So Much B/S!! Make Sure That You Deal With The Most EXPERIENCED Service Dept You Can Find, Leave The Car There Untill They Find The Problem!
#396 of 537 Re: UPDATE 2009 Honda Fit A/C Problems [maxhray]
Aug 24, 2010 (2:01 pm)
Drove the car home to Atlanta via Jax Fla..422 Miles..NO problems..A/C working just like its suppose to. It will FREEZE you out of there!! Congrats to Autoway Honda
The problem you might encounter with A/C expansion block! Part BACK-ORDERED!!
Had to wait 3 days for part to come in..Normally a 2 hour repair job..
I raised much HELL With American Honda for not keeping the necessary parts at the Dealers!
Good luck with your repair job!
#397 of 537 Re: Recirculate does not increase cooling. [nun1983]
Oct 12, 2010 (7:55 pm)
I had the same problem and had my Honda fit 2010 for less than three months and it was blowing warm air when I turned the a/c on. Took it to the dealership where I bought it from in Katy Texas and they also told me a small rock must have hit the car. Mind you I have been driving on paved roads and did not encounter any rocks. Ridiculous. I traded it in right away and lost $4500 . Even considered suing the dealership. Will never buy a Honda again.
#398 of 537 car caught fire
Dec 28, 2010 (6:51 pm)
as I was driving home from work for no reason my car just caught on fire right next to the emergncy brake, fire dept. said it looked like a faulty wire. This was so scary, any info would be great.
Dec 28, 2010 (6:49 pm)
has any one had an issue with the heater working only on 4? My honda fit 2009 caught fire tonight right under the emergncy brake
Dec 29, 2010 (7:21 am)
Do you mean the fan is only working on the highest speed setting? That's usually the resistor that has gone bad.
Are you somehow relating that to the fire?
#401 of 537 Re: Recirculate does not increase cooling. [hondafitfan]
Mar 13, 2011 (3:21 pm)
I have a 2010 Honda Fit that has AC issues. I took it to the dealership and they quoted me an almost $900 fix for damage to the air condenser they claimed happened by a small rock. I assumed that when I made the reservation for an AC fix and they said that it was 99.6% be covered under warranty, liars. Did you ever fight them to fix it?