Honda CRV Air Conditioner problems
Lisa K

AOL

#627 Aug 3, 2009
I have a crv 2003 with only 56,000 miles on it, Turned on the A.C and it only blows hot air !! I am probably just going to trade it in and get a new car. I am not willing to deal with paying to fix it and im sure honda wont fix it for free.
Keystonecop

Muncie, IN

#628 Aug 4, 2009
Add my CRV to the A/C catastrophic failure list.

Mileage 124,000.

Repair estimate $1650 plus tax.

It's 93 degrees here today. I'm not fixing it.

I signed up for the class action suit.

I was going to just use it for a trade on a new Honda, but not after reading about all of these problems.
sandy b

Oak Hill, WV

#629 Aug 4, 2009
i had the same thing happen to my crv WHY DONT WE ALL GET TOGETHER BAND BRING ON A SUIT AGAINST HONDA??????
Dee

Melissa, TX

#630 Aug 5, 2009
Lisa K.

This could be just a fuse! Under the hood of your Honda, you will see a rectangular box. It has a clip on top. Take this off. You will see little fuses (they look like little color tabs with pronts). Inside the box there is also a fuse remover (you will need this because they are hard to pull out). There is a map on the inside of the fuse box. Locate the one for the air conditioner. It is yellow in color. Hold the fuse up to the light. If the little wire in the fuse is broken, you need to replace it.

Go to Walmart (or an auto parts store), you can buy a whole box of fuses for around $3. Replace the fuse. Push down on it and make sure it is secure. You will immediately have cool air.

Most of us in this post have had their compressors blow (which is the huge major expense). I hope this helps you.
Dee
Lisa K wrote:
I have a crv 2003 with only 56,000 miles on it, Turned on the A.C and it only blows hot air !! I am probably just going to trade it in and get a new car. I am not willing to deal with paying to fix it and im sure honda wont fix it for free.
Dee

Melissa, TX

#631 Aug 5, 2009
Sorry. That was supposed to be Prong not "pronts"

This fixed my crv (about 1.5 years before the compressor blew).
Dee wrote:
Lisa K.
This could be just a fuse! Under the hood of your Honda, you will see a rectangular box. It has a clip on top. Take this off. You will see little fuses (they look like little color tabs with pronts). Inside the box there is also a fuse remover (you will need this because they are hard to pull out). There is a map on the inside of the fuse box. Locate the one for the air conditioner. It is yellow in color. Hold the fuse up to the light. If the little wire in the fuse is broken, you need to replace it.
Go to Walmart (or an auto parts store), you can buy a whole box of fuses for around $3. Replace the fuse. Push down on it and make sure it is secure. You will immediately have cool air.
Most of us in this post have had their compressors blow (which is the huge major expense). I hope this helps you.
Dee
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edgar

Caloocan City, Philippines

#632 Aug 6, 2009
Hi Everyone,
We have the same problem and just change a new compressor on my honda crv 2003 35,000 km. My new problem was that, bad odor comes out every once in awhile when it set on maximum thermostat. What was the problem here, does anybody encountered such? Please help, its very annoying especially if you have some friends with you.
Lori

Baton Rouge, LA

#633 Aug 7, 2009
Who has the number to file a claim?
My 2003 Honda CRV has 60,000 miles and are just died. Seems like everyone has the same problem.
If they don't help with the problem, I am not buying another one
Tyn

United States

#634 Aug 8, 2009
I just had the same problem with my a/c compressor ('03 Honda CR-V). I am 1500 miles away from home and it is 103 degrees here today! I took it to the local mechanic and was told $2400 to fix! Are you kidding me?! I've never put that much into a car! I looked online and found thousands of posts from people who had the same problem. My car just hit 100,000 miles. Guess I'm supposed to be lucky it lasted that long. I called Honda and told them they have to fix it. I don't think I'm ever getting another Honda. How can I sign up for the class action suit? Honda knows this is a serious problem.
Mark

AOL

#635 Aug 8, 2009
My 2003 CRV 90,000 miles suffered the failure of the compresor on our way to Philly. There is a hole in the side of the compresor. Since Honda probaly wont help I will probably be fixing it my self. As I am not paying 2 to 3 thousand as soom have reported. I will want to find parts that wont fail again. Any body got any Idea how to tell the difference between the orginal ones that are causing issues and the "new redisigned ones".
I will be sending a note to my dealer and to Honda.
Laurie Callahan

Mooresville, IN

#636 Aug 10, 2009
I have a 2003 CR-V with about 57,000 miles on it. In September 2008, the air conditioner made a grinding noise, smelled like burning rubber, and died. I live in Indianpolis, so I didn't worry about fixing it until it got hot outside.

I called Honda America (1-800-999-1009) today and explained the problem along with mentioning 629 complaints on this web site. They gave me a case number and told me to have a Honda dealer check it out.

If everyone calls, they can't keep claiming that they don't know about it, can they?

If I don't get a favorable response, I'll sign up for the law suit ( http://www.honda-lawsuit.com/ ).
mike

Hermitage, TN

#637 Aug 10, 2009
Hope the best for you, however they may not help much because of the age of the vehicle. From the Edmunds site, folks are saying that Honda is being a lot more selective about helping out since the economy got worse.

It is my understanding that the defrost will not work if the compressor goes out, so how did you deal with that issue for almost a year?
Laurie Callahan wrote:
I have a 2003 CR-V with about 57,000 miles on it. In September 2008, the air conditioner made a grinding noise, smelled like burning rubber, and died. I live in Indianpolis, so I didn't worry about fixing it until it got hot outside.
I called Honda America (1-800-999-1009) today and explained the problem along with mentioning 629 complaints on this web site. They gave me a case number and told me to have a Honda dealer check it out.
If everyone calls, they can't keep claiming that they don't know about it, can they?
If I don't get a favorable response, I'll sign up for the law suit ( http://www.honda-lawsuit.com/ ).
mamaperm

Dallas, TX

#638 Aug 10, 2009
Bill wrote:
The compresor blew a hole through itself, and contaminated the entire system. 2003 CRV with 45000 miles. Saw the post and called Honda America, got a case number, and then called the dealer to set up a time to get it done. Was charged $500 for everything, but I think Honda should pick up the tab, so called Honda America, and got the run around, "we lost your number" "we will see what we can do..." After 5 phone calls, Honda America says that was the best they can do! BullSh*t!!! The dealer admits the parts are failing in CRV's and civics "all the time", in This months Road and Track in the long term civic test, guess what....Compressor blew up and contaminated the system. Honda Knows and won't do anything about it. I'll give someone (a manger) one more chance, then I am off to consumer affairs, BBB, and anything else I can think of.
What was the final outcome? I have 2003 CRV that the AC (compressor, etc.$1995) was replaced while under warranty...now 3 years later it appears to be out again! Honda never mentioned there was a problem however my Mom has a 04 CRV and had the same issue--they replaced under warranty as well. I plan to go have a discussion with the dealership that is for sure. At this point I'd be tickled if they just charged me for the compressor only!
Let me hear from you if this is still a valid email address. Thanks!
LCM

Columbia, MD

#639 Aug 11, 2009
I have a 2002 CRV with 84,000 miles. My air conditioner was working great; all of the sudden while driving the car, I heard a few loud noises and the air conditioner started to blow hot air. I just heard from my mechanic: the A/C Compressor has had a catastrophic failure, when this happens it spreads contaminants trough out the system, requiring multiple components to be replaced and the remainder of the system to be flushed. He told me $1200+. I am contacting Honda today.
LCM

Columbia, MD

#640 Aug 11, 2009
LCM wrote:
I have a 2002 CRV with 84,000 miles. My air conditioner was working great; all of the sudden while driving the car, I heard a few loud noises and the air conditioner started to blow hot air. I just heard from my mechanic: the A/C Compressor has had a catastrophic failure, when this happens it spreads contaminants trough out the system, requiring multiple components to be replaced and the remainder of the system to be flushed. He told me $1200+. I am contacting Honda today.
**Update- I contacted American Honda Corp. and was told that they would only take a record of my complaint since I surpassed the 3 yr/36,000 mi warranty. I asked if they have received similar complaints and was told they do not track complaints on specific components. I then asked to speak with a supervisor; after being told they were all in a meeting, I was informed a supervisor will provide the same answers to me and that I couldn't speak to one! I am wondering what some others have said to get a case # or get Honda to agree to foot some of this repair bill.
Peter

Marlborough, MA

#641 Aug 11, 2009
Same old disaster scenario with the 2004 CR-V AC. My AC crapped out at 40,000 miles and my local mechanic replaced the compressor. Then replaced it again as the OEM replacement died immediately. Now it is 12 months later and the AC is dead again and contaminated. Internet research shows me I have been screwed by Honda via their exploding AC. Honda America offered me zero help because I was not a "loyal customer." I have filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau and the state attorney general. I believe that Honda are only going to pay up if legally obliged.
Peter

Marlborough, MA

#642 Aug 11, 2009
Just so you know. Your local mechanic will not be told by Honda that the correct fix is a total replacement of the AC system. It is about a $3000 job including dissassembling the dash. I have had the $1500 fix and it lasted a year max. Oh, and there is no evidence replacement OEM parts will not do the same trick in the future. So, aftermarket is a better option. The Honda estimate I got was $3700. I would rather burn the money than give it to Honda.
hvavguy

Saint Louis, MO

#643 Aug 11, 2009
Sweltering CRV wrote:
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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???
what is needed to retro-fit this compressor. do give us sum in-sight. thanks
Mike

United States

#644 Aug 12, 2009
The same thing has happened to us. We have a 2003 CRV with 53000 miles, the ac stopped working so we took it the Honda dealer where we bought it and were told that the compressor failed and there are metal fragments throughout the system. The Honda dealer quoted us $3500 to fix the problem, but said they would call Honda to see if they would help us out. The dealer just called back and said Honda would cover 75% of the cost. We will be out a little over $800, but I think we might get rid of our CRV after hearing about all of these problems.
Bikedude1

Visalia, CA

#645 Aug 12, 2009
APPLES AND ORANGES. NICE TRY.
Bikedude1

Visalia, CA

#646 Aug 12, 2009
Good luck to all of you with a non-safety related class action. If this problem is as pronounce as you think it is, and has been, evidentally none of you researched your vehicle purchase very well prior to buying. That's the bain of the internet. You can search anything and find a group of like minded people out there seemingly lending creedence to your whining. Your purchase, your car, take responsibilty.

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