Honda CRV Air Conditioner problems

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Don

Saint Louis, MO

#1 May 13, 2007
I bought two 2004 CRV's new in 7/2004. Just this month both air conditioner compressors on both vehicles disintegrated. The job cost $3000 per vehicle. I was lucky and bought the extended waranties on both vehicles at time of purchase. The dealer has been great but they would not admit to me that this has been a widespread problem. Honda should be investigated in my opinion. As a sidenote both vehicles had less than 50,000 miles. If Honda does not address the issue I would consider buying my next car from a different company.
Devin

Poli, Italy

#2 May 14, 2007
Had the same problem with a 2003 CRV, lucky it happened before my warranty expired...twice! You are right, Honda needs to own up.
Steve

United States

#3 May 24, 2007
Bought new 2004 CRV June 2004. Has 54,000 miles and air cond. compressor just suddenly started rattling. Dealer quoted $1254 to repair...$850 for compressor...rest of cost is labor. Asked him if this is common he said no...of course. I did't ask if they offer lifetime warantee.
Earl

Loretto, VA

#4 May 28, 2007
Same problem, I plan to contact Honda America asap.
Missie Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

#5 Jun 2, 2007
I have a 2003 CRV and was told recently that the clutch on the air compressor just fell off. I definitely feel these air compressors are faulty and Honda should pay for this.
CVR 2003 problems

United States

#6 Jun 2, 2007
I had the same problem with my 2003 crv, compressor blew out at 36,000 miles. Dealer took care of it without a problem. Coral Springs Honda, great service also changed bad o2 sensor at same time.
Lew in Cincinnati

Springfield, OH

#7 Jun 5, 2007
I have a 2004 Honda CRV Air Conditioning Compressor problem.(60,000 miles on Car ) Upon taking the car back to the dealer they found the Compressor had locked up. The Dealer contacted Honda of America and my compressor was replaced no charge same day. The service advisor commented that they were seeing a high number of compressors locking up. You might want to have your Dealer check to see if
Honda will take care of your compressor problems also.
Dennis

Copperopolis, CA

#8 Jun 12, 2007
I have a 2003 Honda CR-V with 69K miles on it. Two days ago as my wife and I were driving home, we heard a whistling noise followed by what sounded like gravel hitting under the firewall. Today the chief mechanic at my company says the clutch on the air conditioner is completely gone. I am wondering if it's just the clutch or if the compressor has seized causing the clutch to snap the bolt and fall off.
Sarah

Washington, DC

#9 Jun 13, 2007
The air conditioner compressor on my 2000 CR-V LX knocks when the a/c is on and the engine at idle. The knocking stops when the car is in gear and moving. My mechanic quotes $450 -$500 to replace it. Anyone else experienced a similar problem? I live inbetween Baltimore and Washington DC.
Pat

Madison, GA

#10 Jun 13, 2007
My 2003 CRV, with 83,000 miles, air conditioning has stopped blowing cold air. I'm in the middle of a family emer. and had to take it to my local mech. (This was Monday), he called Tues with the cost, $1650. Now I see that this is an on going problem with the CRV. I have contacted the AHM to see if I can receive any type of refund. I have a case# and it will be a couple of days before a case mgr calls me back. I hope to hear some good news then.
Shannon

United States

#11 Jun 14, 2007
Please let us know how it goes. I have a 2004 with 80,000 and just had the same proble; the ac does not blow cold air. I have no noise issues. I assume it simply needs a recharge, but wanted to investigate before I take it to a mechanic.

cheers,
Shannon
J Clanton

Afton, OK

#12 Jun 15, 2007
My daughter's 2003 CRV a/c compressor disintergrated at 34 months, but Honda would not replace it free because she had over 36K miles. They paid about 40% of the cost, but it had to have $1,700.00 worth of parts and labor! She will not buy another Honda. I am worried about my 2006 Honda CRV with 17K miles, wondering when my A/C will destroy itself? If it does, I will not buy another Honda either. Honda needs to own up!!!
Shannon

La Verne, CA

#13 Jun 18, 2007
I put a pressure gauge on the low pressure tube (under hood along passenger side, the cap with an "L" on it, the larger tube) It showed way too much pressure.

I have read many postings on topix.com saying the compressor has been re-engineered. Many notes about metal fragmentation and AC contamination as well.
Shannon wrote:
Please let us know how it goes. I have a 2004 with 80,000 and just had the same proble; the ac does not blow cold air. I have no noise issues. I assume it simply needs a recharge, but wanted to investigate before I take it to a mechanic.
cheers,
Shannon
Andrew

Las Vegas, NV

#14 Jun 19, 2007
2003 CRV - growling noise minutes before compressor died at 100 Degrees in Vegas heat. Car lost power. Dealership and outside shops want about $2400.00 because compressor imploded and damaged A/C dryer, condenser, all lines and evaporator. Now need whole new A/C system. Honda really dropped the ball on design, if they won't own up, it's Toyota time. Too bad, love the car.
Shannon

La Verne, CA

#15 Jun 20, 2007
Took my 2004 Honda CRV to a Firestone service center to check out the AC. They said the compressor is blown, something about the clutch melting to the magnet, needs new dryer, etc. about $1500 worth of damage.
I called Honda,(800) 999-1009, and spoke with a rep that said there is no recall or extended warranty. She did open a "case" for me and gave me the number. I have to take it to a dealer and call back with the diagnosis and dealer info. I set up an appointment for tomorrow.
I will try to keep you updated, hopefully it pays off. I am looking at minivans and this will determine if I go with Honda or someone else.
Shannon wrote:
I put a pressure gauge on the low pressure tube (under hood along passenger side, the cap with an "L" on it, the larger tube) It showed way too much pressure.
I have read many postings on topix.com saying the compressor has been re-engineered. Many notes about metal fragmentation and AC contamination as well.
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Julie K

Clarksville, MD

#16 Jun 21, 2007
My a/c compressor just blew up on 3 days ago on my 2002 CRV. After reading all the info, guess I was lucky it lasted that long. Dealership quoted 1300 in parts and 700 in labor for a total of $2000! Have 73,000 miles and considering trading in for a Toyota Prius! Totally disappointed that my dealership made no mention of this being a common problem.
Michael

Tulsa, OK

#17 Jun 21, 2007
2003 honda crv, a/c blew and toasted whole a/c system, i had been reading about this prob for months and now i got bit. Honda, suprisingly, offered to pay for half the job, the dealer called without me asking, gee could that be anymore of an admission of an on going problem, im filing a complaint with honda because the dealer has admitted that the part has been redesigned on replacment unit.s
Shannon

La Verne, CA

#18 Jun 21, 2007
Umm, I told my wife how much it would cost to fix the AC and she asked "isn't it covered by the warranty." Obviously, I thought, she has no idea how short of a warranty the vehicle has. I told her no when she mentioned that we got the extended warranty from the dealer, that is what finalized the deal.

Well, this is one of those rare occasions when she remembered something about a car that I forgot. It is not the "honda care" warranty and I no longer live close to the original dealer. The dealer I took it to said they would work with the waranty company, but would bill me and i would have to get them to reimburse me. I called the original dealer and set up an appointment for Monday, it is about 130 miles from my house... should be worth it.
Shannon wrote:
Took my 2004 Honda CRV to a Firestone service center to check out the AC. They said the compressor is blown, something about the clutch melting to the magnet, needs new dryer, etc. about $1500 worth of damage.
I called Honda,(800) 999-1009, and spoke with a rep that said there is no recall or extended warranty. She did open a "case" for me and gave me the number. I have to take it to a dealer and call back with the diagnosis and dealer info. I set up an appointment for tomorrow.
I will try to keep you updated, hopefully it pays off. I am looking at minivans and this will determine if I go with Honda or someone else.
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Pat

Pensacola, FL

#19 Jun 22, 2007
Just picked up my 2004 CRV with the same AC problem, Svc Rep called Honda - Honda paid for all the parts - so the $1,700 job turned into me paying $700.00 - I figured there must be problems with this issue and after internet research I see there is. My car was 3 years old in March with 49K miles on it....
Jim

Utopia, TX

#20 Jun 22, 2007
I have a '03 CRV 59K miles. AC just quit. Took to Honda Dealership. Quoted $3200 repair. I thru a FIT. Bottom line Honda has fixed it. Replacing the compressor, condenser, evaporator, hoses and dryer. everything in the sealed system.

I went to a large metro Honda Dealership in S TX and they said they are seeing at least 1 a week.

This is a known problem and Honda did the right thing and paid 100% of the reair.

Jim

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