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#27 of 71 2003 HondaPilotEx a/c failure & very expensive repair
Jun 25, 2010 (9:38 pm)
I'm writing this message to warn others regarding my 2003 Honda Pilot a/c problem.
My 2003 Pilot (86,000 miles) is at the dealer for service now. Loud fan noise when I start the engine with a/c on and on cold air coming out on all vents. When the suv is running, the noise is substantially lessened and cold air comes out nicely.
It was diagnosed to have a failing a/c compressor that is spreading metal fragments to the entire a/c system. The service advisor told me that the entire a/c system has to be replaced and it will cost $5,100.00+tax. I was also told that if I had it fix much earlier, the damage would have been much less. I told him that I follow the maintenance schedule religiously and take it for service exclusively at their dealership. They should have noticed the problem and made the appropriate repair. But they did not. He also told me that this is a known problem on the CRV but not on the Pilot. There goes my plan for buying a CRV.
I called Honda customer service and the guy that I talked was very pleasant but could not offer any assistance. He will not even transfer me to his manager because he said that nobody can help me even if I talk to an executive. I think I have no choice but to have the repair done at a Honda dealership otherwise we cannot use the car or sell it in it's current condition.
With this experience, I don't think I'll buy another Honda ever again. I won't even recommend it to anybody. I'm very very very disappointed with Honda for using cheap parts.
Do any of you know someone or a number that I can call at Honda to try to get financial assistance like a discount on parts, etc.?
Good luck to all of us.
#28 of 71 Re: Air conditioner is not cooling!!! [pilot28]
Jun 26, 2010 (2:17 pm)
Did you get any where on this issue. I am facing the exact same thing. I had the AC fixed under warranty ten months ago and now that it is out of JUST warranty the AC has suddenly stopped working again.
#29 of 71 new compressor but lines freezing up
Jul 19, 2010 (12:09 pm)
compressor went bad so replaced that now ac lines are freezing up compressor is not turning off.please help
#30 of 71 Re: Air conditioner is not cooling!!! [rossd]
Sep 02, 2010 (9:47 am)
Everything is working except air has progressively gotten less cool until it does not cool at all.
#31 of 71 2003 Honda Pilot
Sep 06, 2010 (9:13 pm)
My A/C went out so i look on the internet and found this forums it help a lot ..So Thanks the symptoms where console was working.turns on for only a second then cut off back blower works but not getting cold ....So before i change it i unplugged the small wire harness off and tried it before i even unscrewed the old resistor and the ac came on so i change the resistor it looks like fins the old one had two fins the replacement had four didn't need to take the clove box apart don't know if its different for other Pilots hope this helps Thanks again.... Ohh yeah it works Great Now http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg74/DjEddyBoy/photo4.jpg
#33 of 71 Fans behave oddly - 2010 Pilot
Oct 08, 2010 (12:08 pm)
Recently, I've noticed my 2010 Pilot's fans having these 2 strange behaviors:
1. When I start the vehicle, the fans will sound working but no air from the vents. If I press the mode button to what I want, the air will come out quickly. For sure I never change the mode manually before I turn off the engine.
2. With A/C off, the fans will blow hot or cool air if I change the temperature on either the diver or passenger side. Is this normal?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions/comments.
#34 of 71 2004 pilot a/c Heat
Nov 11, 2010 (8:01 am)
I have seen post very similar to my problem but just want to clarify. My A/C Heat controls look to be working properly but I do not hear the compressor kick on nor do I get any air out of the front vents on any setting. I do get air out of the rear vent. I can hear the controls moving under the dash when I select Head/Feet or Dash. using the "Mode" control but no air or compressor. My biggest question is, would the power resistor on the blower prevent the compressor from coming on?
#35 of 71 2003 Pilor EX AC Intermitent
May 10, 2011 (4:07 pm)
I'm thinking this might be the same problem. The AC was working fine and I was about 10hrs into a trip when the control panel blanked out (nothing on the LCD and buttons do nothing) When this happened the rear blowers came on full and appeared to be cold. It came back on a few minutes later and stayed on for a bit before repeating the same symptoms. Now its sort of hit and miss. I also noticed that the outside temp was not reading anything either. Not sure if that is related.
I'm a long way from home and its hot down here in South Carolina.
#36 of 71 Re: 2003 Honda Pilot Air Conditioning mystery [leo41]
Jun 26, 2011 (5:06 pm)
2004 Pilot, 176k miles - Same symptoms, i.e, going down the road, the front blower stopped, no AC air from front vents, although blower for back still worked. Did the self-check as described in this thread via the post by piealot (Jul 11, 2008) and confirmed air conditioner/heater front blower motor and fan transistor (Honda P/N 79330s3va01) was at fault. Purchased a replacement from ebay store for 69.00 (inc. shipping). While at it, replaced the front cabin air filter (24.00 from local auto parts store) located in vertical slot hold behind glove box. Filter was matted thick w/dirt/dust. Note that if you replace filter, you may have to cut metal crosspiece after removing the glove-box (easily done). For the metal crosspiece, I used aviation shears. Dremmel tool would have worked as well. Too difficult to use hacksaw blade, not enough push/pull space.
The transistor assembly change-out was straightforward. Disconnect plug to transistor assembly, remove three phillips screws, drop out old and insert new one, return screws and reconnect. Heads up, its an on-your-back, under the dashboard, pretzel twisting position you'll find yourself in doing this...however, its a money saver if you elect to do it yourself.