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#55 of 72 Condenser damaged due to "Road Hazard/Foreign Object"
Jul 09, 2012 (9:03 am)
So I take my 2007 Honda Pilot to the dealer to have my A/C worked on since it stopped blowing cold air and I get a call back from the Service Technician to tell me that there's a hole in my condenser due to "foreign object" that struck it. My question is wouldn't the undercarriage guard that protects the oil pan and other engine components be able to block this? I have Honda Care coverage and when I called them, they told me that it wasn't covered under the warranty. What's not to prevent this from happening again? I think this is a poor design on Honda's part and not the fault of myself or any driver. So upset that Honda wants to charge me almost $700 on a repair that can obviously happen again at anytime. Completely BS...they should do a TSB/Recall on this issue.
#56 of 72 Re: Condenser damaged due to "Road Hazard/Foreign Object" [shaolinkaz]
Jul 09, 2012 (6:10 pm)
Unfortunately, in order for your a/c to work efficiently the condenser needs to be in front of the vehicle where there is maximum air flow. All vehicles have this issue not just Hondas. If the condenser was re-located or covered to protect it, your a/c wouldn't be as efficient. Some drivers may drive 100,000's of miles without incident others may encounter it several times. It's not Hondas fault. If a rock ran into your windshield, would you also think Hondas have a problem with windshields? Your car insurance may cover that repair. It depends on your policy carrier and your coverage.
#57 of 72 Re: Condenser damaged due to "Road Hazard/Foreign Object" [big_jorge]
Jul 10, 2012 (5:31 am)
I understand that the condenser needs as much air flow as possible to function properly and the location of the unit is fine by me but the problem is the actual front grille design on the 04-07 Honda Pilot. If you look closely, its an open design and anything can fly in there while the vehicle is in motion. A simple fix would be to install a mesh grille to keep the foreign objects from striking the condenser while driving. This shouldn't have to fall on the consumer and that's my point because it isn't the fault of the driver. I strongly believe Honda is aware of this design flaw yet refuses to acknowledge it. My dealer called back to inform me they'll cover the entire cost of the repair and I won't have to payout of pocket since I have Honda Care with a $0 deductible. They're sending a representative from Honda to investigate. If they decide to have a change of heart at the last minute, I've already contacted my insurance company and they said surprisingly they should be able to cover the entire repair cost under "Collision" and not "Comprehensive". I'll just need to fork over my $100 deductible, better than paying over $700!
#58 of 72 Re: 2012 Pilot A/C moaning noise [desertdog928]
Jul 16, 2012 (4:02 am)
I have the same problem. I brought it in for service (July 2012) and was told that the diagnostic check didn't reveal any issues. The tech said he agrees the sound can be annoying, but it is not a sign of a mechanical issue and therefore there is nothing he can do. Wonderful
#59 of 72 Re: 2012 Pilot A/C moaning noise [desertdog928]
Jul 19, 2012 (6:14 am)
I have a 2012 pilot with 7300 miles on it. A/C moaning noise that dealer cannot find. Have replaced compressor and right cooling fan so far with no results
#60 of 72 Air Conditioning Warm When idle
Jul 20, 2012 (4:47 am)
I have a 2003 Honda Pilot. My air conditioning works fine when I am on the highway or when I am not stopped but when I am in stop and go traffic, the air conditioning blows warm air. Also, when I turn the car off, the fan stays on for five to ten minutes then shuts off. In the winter, I was having the opposite problem. The car would only blow hot air when the pedal was on the accelerator. Otherwise, it would blow cold air. Hopefully, all these problems are related. Any ideas?
#61 of 72 Re: A/c noise [gvillepilot07]
Jul 24, 2012 (2:19 pm)
I know it has been almost year and you may have it fixed by now. However, I believe it is the "anti-noise controller" that is making the noise, ironically. The dealer can check it pretty easily, but it is about $600 to fix. It is tied to the radio somehow...
#62 of 72 Re: 2012 Pilot A/C moaning noise [msin]
Jul 24, 2012 (5:26 pm)
Let me know if they find the problem. My dealership has had my vehicle twice and still cant figure it out. Honda motors refuses to give me any compensation, ie trade in. Basically said any thing else would have to be litigated!! WOW
#63 of 72 Re: 2012 Pilot A/C moaning noise [mike8383]
Sep 16, 2012 (8:24 pm)
I have a 2012 with the same noise. Noticeable at idle and when A/C is on. When I test drove the Pilot I noticed it on some and not on others. I'm not sure if this is normal, I would say not. I have not taken it to the dealer for the noise yet. Have you had your problem resolved? If so, what was the problem?
#64 of 72 Loud noises in Air conditioner and Heater
Sep 17, 2012 (9:02 am)
Honda Pilot 2006 88,000 miles.
For the last year our air conditioner (on both a/c and heat) makes these horrendous loud noises about every 30 minutes to an hour when the a/c or heat is on. I have to shut the air conditioner off and then turn it back on to get the noise to stop. By loud...it sounds like a train is bearing down on you in the car...
We took it into our honda dealer and they had a hard time recreating the sound (because they weren't driving it around for 1/2 hour.) They finally recreated it once about the third time I took it in. They replaced the air condenser, but that didn't fix the problem.
Any ideas? Could it be a bad bearing?