Honda CRV Air Conditioner problems
scs - california

San Diego, CA

#404 Oct 9, 2008
I own a 2004 CRV. Air conditioner just started blowing hot air. Took to my Honda repair guy who showed me the hose that actually blew off the compressor and put a hole in it. Only option is to replace the compressor ...etc. I have called Honda America and gotten a case #. Tommorrow I have an appt with a Honda dealership to do an offical diagnosis (they said I had to go to a dealership). From there I guess I will have to see what they will do for me. The car only has 47k miles! Can not believe that Honda has not put out a recall on this. I will definetly fight this! They know they have a problem and if enough of us complain they will eventually have to do something.
John H

Louisville, KY

#405 Oct 15, 2008
I own a 2003 CRV with 60,000 miles. This past week the A/C unit locked-up after making a harse grinding noise. When I took it in for repair at the Honda delear, I was told that the compressor and related parts had to be replaced. This ended up costing $1,400, which was after I talked them down from $1,700. I have owned many Honda cars in the past and never had any major repair that was not relate to basic maintenance or covered under a recall. I think Honda needs to admit that they have a problem with the CRV A/C units and make arrangements to cover the cost of repairs before they loose loyal customers.
Jonathan T

Manor, TX

#406 Oct 15, 2008
I have a 2005 CRV with 39,000 miles and the A/C compressor just exploded this morning. Dealer is quoting me $3,200 to fix the system. I told the service manager that this is a well documented problem. He finally caved in and agreed to file a case with Honda to see if they will pay for the expense. Very disappointed with Honda quality at this point. Will kill my fingers crossed to see if Honda will do anything about this situation.
Jim R

Spring Hill, TN

#407 Oct 16, 2008
My wife has a 2004 crv with 115,000 miles , 2 days ago the air messed up ,just thought it needed a fresh charge , so I hooked up the gauges and the gauge shot up to about 120 psi.I thought the gauge was meesed up so I hooked up a different one , got 120 psi again. Long story short ,checked it out on the internet and found this site .We went to the dealership this morning ,cost $2720.00 + tax . Called honda/america and its out of warrenty , but I have a case # and someone will be in touch. I agree with Dot in Charlesston evryone needs to fill out the law suit form. When I read about the condenser blowing up and going through out the system I thougt "No Way Thats Crazy".Who in their right mind would design a $300.00 compresor that when it locked up would desinergrate and ruin the entire system.If Honda doesn't do something,this is our last purchase from them

Since: Oct 08

San Diego, CA

#408 Oct 16, 2008
Jonathan T wrote:
I have a 2005 CRV with 39,000 miles and the A/C compressor just exploded this morning. Dealer is quoting me $3,200 to fix the system. I told the service manager that this is a well documented problem. He finally caved in and agreed to file a case with Honda to see if they will pay for the expense. Very disappointed with Honda quality at this point. Will kill my fingers crossed to see if Honda will do anything about this situation.
I just got Honda America to agree to pay 80% of the cost to repair my air conditioner on the 2004 CRV. They first offered 70%. Long story short I will be out of pocket $600. Not happy about that but better than $3000. Keep after Honda America - they will eventually come back with an offer for you. Good Luck!
Scott A

United States

#409 Oct 19, 2008
My ac went out and the dealer that we bought it from fixed it for $100. I will buy another one from them!
sam van shaf

Malaysia

#410 Oct 21, 2008
I'm in Malaysia.Bought my Honda Civic i-vtec in 2005. Problem with my AC,inspected and diagnosed by the Honda dealership - the compressor is on the way to damage. The growling noise starts when the AC is on but still blowing cool air? They listed out all parts and its affiliate and the cost is mind blowing, its about US 3000. Its ridiculous cos' with that amount. I might as well get a new car like a Toyota.
Henry

United States

#411 Oct 24, 2008
I joined in today! my 2003 CRV air conditioner went off today, I am kind of knowing car coz I am machanic long time ago, I first checked all the fuses and relay because I don't believe that a name-brand car could have a serious problem such as failed condenser.... however, electrical parts had no problem after thorough examination, before I planned to take the whole air condtioning system into parts I found this site. From my point of view, we shouldn't pay even a penny for such a problem, my suggestion is that we all go to dealer to let them open a special case and file a law suit......
Rudy

Queen Creek, AZ

#412 Oct 29, 2008
I have a 2003 CRV. MY AC compresor has failed about 3 or 4 times. I have lost track. I have recently had this problem (failure #4) and have replaced the pump with the one from the 2007-2008 CRV. This pump has what I believe to be a high pressure relief valve located next to the HP outlet.
The pump fits well and has been working now for about 5 months with no problem, I live in Phoenix, AZ. A desert so we always have high temps.
The swap involves making new custom hoses, grafting the 03 ends to the o7 ends.
The total cost without labor for me was arround $800. I hade the hoses modified by a local AC House.
You might want to try this, i believe that Honda added the High Pressure relief valve to help fix this problem.
Becky

Charlotte, NC

#413 Oct 31, 2008
North Carolina
We have a 02 CRV and have had nothing but trouble since we bought. We've had recalls since the beginning until @ 89,000 miles. That is when our transmission died. We had to fight to use our extended warranty. American Honda was great & advocated for us with the local Honda dealer - which we will not go to again. The cost was astronomical. We were able to use the warranty after American Honda FORCED the local dealer to accept the warranty. Is that the craziest!

The air conditioning system stopped in July. No sounds. We took the CRV to the dealer we go to now - out of town. This dealer thought the system needed re-charging. They did a diagnostic test and charged us $95 and told us the air compressor needs replacing due to failure. They've quoted $1500 for replacement/repair and that is in addition to the $95 for taxes/fees! They did not offer any assistance. We're past 100,000 and did not get another extended warranty. Ended at 100,00. We requested a manager contact us tomorrow morning. We'll see what they say but either way, we've requested information on the lawsuit.
Kelleigh in Chadler AZ

United States

#414 Nov 4, 2008
My 2003 CRV has nothing but AZ problems since the compressor froze up 3 years ago. I take my car in and they blame it on a part and replace or say there is nothing wrong. It has been in the shop eight times just for Az problems. The control panel, compressor, radiator fan have been replaced. Now the condensor fan has to be replaced. It is like they don't know what they are doing and just hope this helps. I am now out of warrenty and arguing with dealership to fix. It is SAN TAN HONDA. They are not budgin at this point, but I will keep fighting.
Jim R

Spring Hill, TN

#415 Nov 12, 2008
I'm not thrilled about the deal we got, but Honda agreed to pay all but $650+ tax. Walked out of the dealership paying $705 for everything,it was this much because the idiot mech. cut the drive belt off, he said it had a gash in it,yeah when I looked it had a big cut, complained and got the bslt for $15 instead of $50 .Everyone stay on them and hopefully we can get a refund for our expenses. Jim
Bruce

Kailua Kona, HI

#416 Nov 15, 2008
Rudy wrote:
I have a 2003 CRV. MY AC compresor has failed about 3 or 4 times. I have lost track. I have recently had this problem (failure #4) and have replaced the pump with the one from the 2007-2008 CRV. This pump has what I believe to be a high pressure relief valve located next to the HP outlet.
The pump fits well and has been working now for about 5 months with no problem, I live in Phoenix, AZ. A desert so we always have high temps.
The swap involves making new custom hoses, grafting the 03 ends to the o7 ends.
The total cost without labor for me was arround $800. I hade the hoses modified by a local AC House.
You might want to try this, i believe that Honda added the High Pressure relief valve to help fix this problem.
Rudy...I plan to do this too, could you tell me where you got the compressor? And did you get a new clutch? the comprssor's I see online are nowhere near $800.
Thanks for any info.
Allan

Stuart, FL

#417 Nov 27, 2008
I own a Honda CR-V 2002. I was happy with my CR-V until the A/C Compressor exploded. Then I went on-line to check this issue and found a www.topix.com web-site with lots of reports from Honda CR-V owners about the same issue as mine. Honda CR-V, A/C Compressors were coming from the Honda Factories with a defect. During the past two years, lots of Honda CR-V owners started having compressor issues and made contact with Honda of America. From the web-site I found that in many cases, Honda of America had provided repair cost from 80% to 100%.
I took my CR-V to Honda dealership. My Service Consultant from Honda told me that the A/C Compressor on my Honda CR-V had exploded. Honda advised me that I would have to pay $ 1200 Dollars and the rest of the cost would be paid by Honda of America.
I called Honda of America (800) 999-1009 and opened Case Number #. I was told that I would receive an answer from Honda in about 2 days.
Next day I received a call from my case worker. He advised me that he would check my case and get back with me. I told that I needed my Honda CR-V to be repaired as soon as possible because I live in Florida. It is very hot and humid here.
Case worker called me back few days later and advised me that Honda of America would pay $ 1800 Dollars; however, I would still have to pay $ 1200 Dollars. I again advised that I should not have to pay due to the reason that it was a Honda Factory Defect.
I have filed a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety, ODI Number# and have explained to them about my situation.
Case worker called me in few days and advised me that Honda of America would cover 80% of the cost and I would have to pay $600 Dollars (20% of the cost). I told that I can only pay 10% of the cost.
He called me back after fifteen minutes and told me that his Manager had pre-approved my case for 90% of the cost of coverage to include a one year warranty.
Air conditioning

Hyderabad, India

#418 Dec 2, 2008
Air conditioning and building security services
Rajeev

Shelbyville, IN

#420 Dec 27, 2008
Another one for the record. CRV 2004 @ 58K. Compressor malfunction. Got a quote from dealer for 1,800 for labor and service. Called Honda customer service and complained. After a bit of haggling, they decided to pay for 80%. Couple of weeks later the the dealer replaced at the agreed price.
Key is to keep a record of everything and keep calling Honda if they dont follow up.
Them open questin is "Has Honda lost its reliability". That is their brand identity. Have problems with a Civic that I own as well.. May be Toyota is a better choice?
D Ferguson

Paso Robles, CA

#421 Jan 12, 2009
Have 06 crv,
04/08 70k, ac compressor lost all charge, dealer filled.
06/08 80k miles, compressor fuse dead, dealer relaced.
01/10/09 104k miles, compressor won't come on. scared to take to dealer again. Honda has there hands full with this one.
jeff

Jakarta, Indonesia

#422 Jan 27, 2009
All of the new CRV 2008 that we have in our company which is around 7 all blow cool air but not cold at all.... I still have the older model 2005 also which blows super cold air in which on hot days we prefer to use.
keith

Metairie, LA

#423 Jan 28, 2009
We have the same problem with our 2003 CRV, 63,000 miles. Sounds like you can get Honda to pay for some of the repair. This is the 4th thing to break on this car in the last 4 months. Door lock needed to be rekeyed,A/C fan broke,front seal leaked and now this. I thought Honda was suppose to be reliable.
Super Glue

Woonsocket, RI

#424 Feb 1, 2009
Our 1995 escort has over 150,000 miles and the AC has never been serviced. The escort owes it reliability to mazda protege heritage, but why can a 15 year old escort provide greater reliablity than a newer honda? For the same reason the exhaust on the older escort is still in great shape......they are using cheaper parts/design with some newer cars. Our 2000 Mercury Villager van was having rust issues with the exhaust after 6 years with only 50,000 miles. They components were cheaper and the design lacked integrity. The escort muffler hanger system was much better than the newer van. The escort flexpipe is still like new but the van was starting to rot.

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