Honda CRV Air Conditioner problems
Mary

Des Allemands, LA

#586 Jul 15, 2009
I have a 2006 Honda CR-V with 52,000 miles that I kept having a problem with it making a loud quick high pitched noise after I would sit idle for a while with the a/c running. I couldn't figure it out until the a/c started to blow warm air as I sat idle. Took it to the dealer for the 3rd or 4th time and told them they needed to check the a/c that I was sure something wasn't right witht it. I was right, the compresser was failing causing metal contamination, so the tech replaced it, the condenser, the clutch and coil. He flushed the lines and evacuated /recharged the a/c system for the wonderful price of $2033.59 Thank goodness I had bought an extened warranty or I would not have been able to cover this. I was told "off the record" by the service guy that out of all the Honda models, the CR-V's have this problem the most and he tells friends who are going to buy a CR-V to get an extended warranty. It should be a recall problem in my opinion after reading all of the other entries.It is ridiculous!
Deborah

Nashville, TN

#587 Jul 15, 2009
Darla wrote:
In my experience this is what happens just before the whole compressor goes out. I thought my transmission was slipping, then on the highway I was getting intermittment hot and cold air. Today all I have is hot air blowing. Mine went out at 37,000 miles and again at 150,000 but since the repair was made at 150,000 we have been unable to have successful repair, it just went out today for the 4th time since then.
I'm taking my 2001 CRV (152,000) to dealer tomorrow (7.16.09) as I'm experiencing the same problem -- intermittent hot/cold air and the feeling that the transmission is slipping. Over the phone, the serviceman said that with intermittent hot/cold sounds like something isn't plugged in correctly. Here's what worries me --I'm on the 3rd replacement distributor and the 2nd replacement catalytic converter over a 2-1/2 yr period. I went to indiv. mechanic for these problems and thankfully he didn't charge for the 2nd & 3rd distributors. The 1st failed a little over a year after installation and the 2nd failed within a month. I've serviced my CRV so I'm very disappointed and frustrated that I've had so much trouble with a Honda and I'm only now at $152,000 miles. [email protected]
Mary

Des Allemands, LA

#588 Jul 15, 2009
Why are you even on this site if you have nothing to do with this, quit being and **shole!
Bikedude1 wrote:
Let's see. You guy's own vehicles that are from five to eight years old, probably in the 70,000 to 100,000 mile range, have a failure of a non-safety related item, albeit expensive, and you won't take responsibility for your own vehicles. What's the factory warranty? Probably 3 yrs/36,000 miles like every other manufacturer. So your system made it from at least 1 1/2 to 2 times the warranty duration. Quit whining and take responsibility for your own cars. You guys don't want help...you want somebody else to pay all of the expense. Amazing.
mike

Hermitage, TN

#589 Jul 16, 2009
Deborah, wish you the best and let us know the diagnosed problem and outcome. I am from LaVergne, Tennessee and wondering which Honda dealer you go to in the Nashville area? If you are not happy with your dealer, we have a shop in LaVergne that specializes in Hondas and Acuras. I get my CRV serviced there and they seem to be reputable and nice to deal with.
Melissa

Leamington, Canada

#591 Jul 17, 2009
What did you all do to get "goodwill warranty"?
I need to do something. Please anyone with any info please write back thanks.
Sweltering CRV

Cisco, TX

#592 Jul 17, 2009
J Clanton wrote:
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!!!
If you don't have a warranty, REPLACE IT NOW. Your 2006 CRV will almost certainly need a new AC compressor. If you don't replace it before it goes, the entire system has to be replaced and/or completely cleaned because when they go -- they explode, throwing debris into every inch of your AC System. The irony is, the old body-style had the same compressor (I'm told it's a Khein), which Honda knew was problematic, but they simply used a "new & improved" unit in the 2002- 2006 models. In my opinion, Honda does need to own up and replace every compressor with the Nippdenzo used in the Accord. It requires some retro-fit, but it works in the CRV and won't explode. Anyone up for a class-action???
Rick

United States

#593 Jul 19, 2009
I read this post a while ago but did not pay much attention since my 2003 crv was running fine. On the way home from Las Vegas two weeks ago I heard a loud grinding noise coming from engine compartment. I paid for a diagnostic from a local honda dealer and ended up paying the $100 deductible. The AC does not blow cold even though a new compressor and clutch were installed.I will be visiting my dealer again tommorrow (Not looking forward)
SWD

Washington, DC

#594 Jul 20, 2009
2004 CRV. 35,000 miles. Thump-rattle-bang on the Connecticut turnpike at 60 mph walled in by tractor-trailers on all four sides. It sounded as if the engine was coming apart.

Bikedude has a point. It's out of warranty, not a safety item. But on the other hand I paid what seemed to me a premium for a Honda because it was supposed to be reliable. Disintegration of the AC system at 35,000 miles is not characteristic of reliability. Moreover, in the five years I've owned it I've had all the work done at Honda dealers, following all the maintenance recommendations.

For me, AC is a luxury rather than a necessity. I'll do w/o until I replace this car. But every hot day as I muse about which make/model to get, the sweat running down my face will remind me that there's no point paying extra for a Honda.
in VA

Ashburn, VA

#595 Jul 20, 2009
I would have thought AC was a luxury as well, but took my car in to get a quote and was explained that the compressor is not just broken but locked up and caused damage to other parts of the vehicle, as with all of these other customers. Only I have to believe that there must be a safety ramification because I have been told by two different service departments in two different states that the car is un-drivable until the problem is fixed due to the metal contamination. I wouldn't be expecting something from Honda if this were a freak maintenance issue or due to wear and tear. That's the cost of owning a car. But compressors shouldn't implode on vehicle after vehicle, and cause hefty damage to the entire system. And with the quantity of owners experiencing this problem on one specific model, I don't believe this is a freak issue. It certainly sounds like a defect to me.
SWD wrote:
2004 CRV. 35,000 miles. Thump-rattle-bang on the Connecticut turnpike at 60 mph walled in by tractor-trailers on all four sides. It sounded as if the engine was coming apart.
Bikedude has a point. It's out of warranty, not a safety item. But on the other hand I paid what seemed to me a premium for a Honda because it was supposed to be reliable. Disintegration of the AC system at 35,000 miles is not characteristic of reliability. Moreover, in the five years I've owned it I've had all the work done at Honda dealers, following all the maintenance recommendations.
For me, AC is a luxury rather than a necessity. I'll do w/o until I replace this car. But every hot day as I muse about which make/model to get, the sweat running down my face will remind me that there's no point paying extra for a Honda.
Ahmad

Mesquite, TX

#596 Jul 20, 2009
I have the exact problem with my Honda CRV 2004. After 57K, all of sudden the AC locked up. The dealer asks for $108 to tell me how much it would cost to fix it. I didn't think I would need extended warranty with "Honda quality" and now I am basically hosed. Quality for Honda is just a bad joke. This will be my first and the last Honda for ever.
Don wrote:
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.
Craig

San Francisco, CA

#597 Jul 21, 2009
SWD wrote:
2004 CRV. 35,000 miles. Thump-rattle-bang on the Connecticut turnpike at 60 mph walled in by tractor-trailers on all four sides. It sounded as if the engine was coming apart.
Bikedude has a point. It's out of warranty, not a safety item. But on the other hand I paid what seemed to me a premium for a Honda because it was supposed to be reliable. Disintegration of the AC system at 35,000 miles is not characteristic of reliability. Moreover, in the five years I've owned it I've had all the work done at Honda dealers, following all the maintenance recommendations.
For me, AC is a luxury rather than a necessity. I'll do w/o until I replace this car. But every hot day as I muse about which make/model to get, the sweat running down my face will remind me that there's no point paying extra for a Honda.
The issue is that if Honda America knew the air conditioning compressors in these vehicles are defective and liable to blow up at any time, anywhere, and cause the engine to shut down, like mine did, then there is a clear liability, and safety issue involved. None of us who bought these vehicles were forwarned by Honda, or the car dealers that this could/would happen, so therefore we had no forwarning when we all paid a lot of money for these vehicles. If we had been forwarned, we could have simply walked away and purchased something else.
Kathryn

Birmingham, AL

#598 Jul 22, 2009
I have a CRV with 88,000 miles and my a/c was blowing hot air when I was not moving and cool air when I was driving. I thought the a/c was getting ready to "die". I took my car into the mechanic and turns out both (electric) fans that cool the engine had stopped. Cost $950. not sure if this is the same thing or not. Just a year ago I had the transmission replaced.(YIKES)
Dave

Jacksonville, FL

#599 Jul 22, 2009
I have a 2004 CRV EX, 110,000 miles.
A/C quite blowing cold air,,then I heard a
whining noise,followed by noise of parts
falling off underneath front end and the
vehicle behind me dodging in the road.
Took to my usual mechanic,says compressor
came apart and repairs will be $1400.
Repairs being done now,,meanwhile I found
this site and see all this about Honda
paying some of it back. Am hoping they
can help me some,,even though it is not
at a Honda dealer? Gotta have A/C,,I'm in Florida.
mike

Hermitage, TN

#600 Jul 23, 2009
Dave,the only hope of Honda paying anything is to take it to a honda dealer, pay the diagnostics, and get an estimate. Considering the mileage on your CRV you will probably not get any help. Up until the economy went bad, Honda was giving some help depending on Honda brand loyalty, honda service records, etc.

Dave, is the price quoted to you just for compressor or other parts as well? The reason I ask is others here are saying that if you have a compressor blow out and just replace the compressor, the compressor will probably fail again shortly.

Not trying to be negative, just wanted you to know what I have read on this site and edmunds.com
Dave

United States

#601 Jul 23, 2009
Mike,tks for the reply,the price is for
compressor and parts,not sure which ones
and labor. I figured with that many miles
Honda would not assist but am going to try
anyway. I found this website after I
had already let my usual mechanic start work.
mike wrote:
Dave,the only hope of Honda paying anything is to take it to a honda dealer, pay the diagnostics, and get an estimate. Considering the mileage on your CRV you will probably not get any help. Up until the economy went bad, Honda was giving some help depending on Honda brand loyalty, honda service records, etc.
Dave, is the price quoted to you just for compressor or other parts as well? The reason I ask is others here are saying that if you have a compressor blow out and just replace the compressor, the compressor will probably fail again shortly.
Not trying to be negative, just wanted you to know what I have read on this site and edmunds.com
Dave

Jacksonville, FL

#602 Jul 23, 2009
Just talked to the Honda Big Brother,,,they
refuse to help me in anyway due to high
mileage,(110,000) on my CRV. AC comp. parts are
laying somewhere on highway 17 in N. Florida.
Stacey

Sun City, AZ

#603 Jul 24, 2009
Do yourself a favor, get rid of this piece of shit car as soon as possible so you don't have to deal with Honda trying to screw you over!
Dave

United States

#604 Jul 24, 2009
Stacey wrote:
Do yourself a favor, get rid of this piece of shit car as soon as possible so you don't have to deal with Honda trying to screw you over!
They won't see this southern
boy in their showroom again,tks Stacey.
Beth

Houston, TX

#605 Jul 27, 2009
2005 CRV same problem. Compressor stopped, A/C exploded. We are just barely past warrenty mileage. Hopefully Honda Customer Service will take pity on us.
David

United States

#606 Jul 27, 2009
Beth wrote:
2005 CRV same problem. Compressor stopped, A/C exploded. We are just barely past warrenty mileage. Hopefully Honda Customer Service will take pity on us.
Beth,they probably will help some,call the
Honda 800 #. Mine just had too many miles on it.
Make sure you go to the dealer for this.

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