nlk

Hialeah, FL

#790 May 26, 2010
I went through the "imploding compressor" routine with my 2004 CRV in July 2007....just past the 36,000 mile warranty. The initial quote of $3,500 was reduced to about $1,000 after much unladylike ranting and raving at the dealership. Now I need help with a new problem that nobody can figure out. I will be driving along and the air goes from nice and cold to hot. It started doing it for 15-20 seconds only and then would blow cold again. Now it can stay off for 20 minutes but usually turns cold again. It seems to be worse in the late afternoon after the car has been in the Florida sun all day and I start driving home. I've taken it to the dealer and to a foreign car shop - both say they can't fix it unless they can experience the problem.......but what mechanic is willing to drive my car for a day? And what am I suppose to drive to work? Any ideas what this problem might be? Where do I start?
liner

Hicksville, NY

#791 May 27, 2010
nlk wrote:
I went through the "imploding compressor" routine with my 2004 CRV in July 2007....just past the 36,000 mile warranty. The initial quote of $3,500 was reduced to about $1,000 after much unladylike ranting and raving at the dealership. Now I need help with a new problem that nobody can figure out. I will be driving along and the air goes from nice and cold to hot. It started doing it for 15-20 seconds only and then would blow cold again. Now it can stay off for 20 minutes but usually turns cold again. It seems to be worse in the late afternoon after the car has been in the Florida sun all day and I start driving home. I've taken it to the dealer and to a foreign car shop - both say they can't fix it unless they can experience the problem.......but what mechanic is willing to drive my car for a day? And what am I suppose to drive to work? Any ideas what this problem might be? Where do I start?
I know it's frustrating, but the mechanic is correct, it's hard to find a problem that isn't there. Somehow you need to figure out a way to leave your car there for a day or two. Borrow a car, carpool, see if your shop is open on Saturday, maybe rent a Mustang convertible :)
I suspect a problem with something called a blend door, which regulates the temperature of the air coming out of the vents. Hopefully, it might turn out to be as simple as a leaking vacuum hose.
chris

Lakeville, MN

#792 May 29, 2010
Looks like I joined the club. My girlfriends 2004 honda crv a/c blew out in 2007 with 104k. She had a warrenty so she lucked out. THen my friends wifes honda crv had the same problem with no warrenty, and now lucky me just had my 2004 honda crv with 64k on it started makeing an awfull noise which was diagnosed as a bad compressor and needs 3500 in repair which the dealer knocked down to 2000 out of sympathy then I contacted honda america and plead my case and have to wait to hear back from a case manager to see if they will help pay for some or all of the cost.
chris

Lakeville, MN

#793 May 29, 2010
I've been told that if you don't replace all the parts they claim that fragments of metal from the compressor could be in the system and make there way back to the new compressor and cause it to fail again soon but when all the parts are replaced there's no chance of that. My girlfriends whole system was replaced by honda in 07 at 100k, now she has 150k with no problem yet. Does pep boyz guarentee the parts and labor? If so, that would be the best choice.
Denny wrote:
DO NOT LET HONDA REPLACE YOUR AC SYSTEM. Odds are your entire system does NOT need replaced, as you Honda dealer would suggest.
After being quoted $3600 from Honda, I went to Pep Boys. They replace only what was needed, and charged me $1600. Roughly HALF of what Honda wanted.
Here is the best part. Pep Boys parts are warranted for LIFE. Honda parts are one year, and the Honda parts will fail again, like many people here have pointed out.
chris

Lakeville, MN

#794 May 29, 2010
Does pep boys compressor use aluminum like honda or steel. I guess the aluminum in the honda one is what produces the small shaveings which contaminate the system.
Denny wrote:
DO NOT LET HONDA REPLACE YOUR AC SYSTEM. Odds are your entire system does NOT need replaced, as you Honda dealer would suggest.
After being quoted $3600 from Honda, I went to Pep Boys. They replace only what was needed, and charged me $1600. Roughly HALF of what Honda wanted.
Here is the best part. Pep Boys parts are warranted for LIFE. Honda parts are one year, and the Honda parts will fail again, like many people here have pointed out.
chris

Lakeville, MN

#795 May 29, 2010
Well I have to say that everyone I know with a 2002-2004 honda crv includeing myself has had the ac compressor fail at what anyone would consider relatively early in the vehicles life would argue that your amazement is amazeing. I had the honda service manager even admit that they think they got a considerabley bad batch of compressors and I don't doubt the other's who have been told the same by experienced honda mechanics with hands on with this issue. So ya, I guess some people do expect the world of their vehicle but that many failures of a part that isn't even used that often, realy? Like others have said before, if this was a safety issue honda would be all over it to protect themselves from a huge liability but being that it's just a comfort issue who cares,right.
Bikedude1 wrote:
Having worked in auto repair for 30+ years it never ceases to amaze me what people's expectations...read demands...are. I stumbled upon this forum quite by accident and it piqued my curiousity. No one wants to spend $3500 on their car but it IS their car. If Honda chooses to help that's fine...more power to them. But no one here, I repeat no one here will say at what point it's just time for their system to fail.Because some number of people hae premature failures any failure,even at 100,000 miles plus,is just a failure.Any cars compressor failure can require additional parts. Even if Honda realizes there are issues at what time and/or mileage are they no longer responsible for a part warranted 3years/36000 miles?
Brett

Albany, NY

#796 May 30, 2010
It is amazing and discouraging to me that so many people have had the same problem for four years now, and Honda is doing so little about this widespread problem.

My A/C compressor went out on my 2003 Honda CRV (75K miles) last week, and I am now in the same situation as so many of you. I bought the car new and have pampered it it's whole life.

It appears from this blog that a class-action lawsuit was started in 2008, but I see nothing to indicate the present status of this. Has there been any progress on this for the past two years?

I'm off to the dealership this week. At least I'm armed with a lot of good tips and information from this blog. Wish me luck!
Ray

Dallas, TX

#797 May 30, 2010
2003 CR V AC system blew up at 30000 miles and again at 70000. The second time the deaker service advisor said Honda found the cause was a design defect in a relay switch (a $20 part) which has now been redesigned and is suposed to prevent the compressor from expoding.....anyone else heard anything like this or is it more BS.
Denny

Atlanta, GA

#798 Jun 2, 2010
Pep Boys warrants their parts for life and labor for one year.

It has been a little over a year since Pep Boys installed my new A/C system. It still blows cold, and I have no regrets. It gets damn hot here in Atlanta.

You would have to be insane to put another Honda A/C in your CRV. Same junk parts, same results.
J Hallan MN

Saint Paul, MN

#799 Jun 3, 2010
I have a 03 CRV 80K and I too was told that the AC locked up and I needed a whole new system with a quote of 2700.00 I asked if I could use the vehicle safetly without making the repair and the mechanic said that in the winter the defrost automatically tries to turn on the A/C to take the moister out of the air. Which I guess implies I should have it fixed but I am not sure - anyone out there have a clearer answer. Jan
liner

Bronx, NY

#800 Jun 3, 2010
J Hallan MN wrote:
I have a 03 CRV 80K and I too was told that the AC locked up and I needed a whole new system with a quote of 2700.00 I asked if I could use the vehicle safetly without making the repair and the mechanic said that in the winter the defrost automatically tries to turn on the A/C to take the moister out of the air. Which I guess implies I should have it fixed but I am not sure - anyone out there have a clearer answer. Jan
He's correct, the compressor comes on whenever the defroster is on. But that still doesn't mean you have to get it fixed. You'll still get warm air directed to the windshield which will defrost ice and snow in the winter. It's just in cool, humid weather when the windshield fogs up where you may have a problem. But remember, many of us grew up driving cars W/O AC. We managed.
Jennifer from Columbia SC

Columbia, SC

#801 Jun 4, 2010
I purchased my CR-V 2003 used about 4 years ago. In 2008, I had the whole AC system fixed for about $1,800. Now, the AC system has to be replaced again! They said a rock must have flown up and destroyed the system. The quote now is for $2,900.
liner

Hicksville, NY

#802 Jun 4, 2010
Jennifer from Columbia SC wrote:
I purchased my CR-V 2003 used about 4 years ago. In 2008, I had the whole AC system fixed for about $1,800. Now, the AC system has to be replaced again! They said a rock must have flown up and destroyed the system. The quote now is for $2,900.
Inflation. By the way, ever wonder why Honda service people think all rocks only hate CRVs?
Willguy

Dallas, TX

#803 Jun 5, 2010
I've read all the posts here and only see that the problem is only with 02-04 models. Does it mean that 05 and up doesn't have this problem? I have a 05 with 150k to it and the ac is acting up lately.
Stephen Kirby

Belmont, CA

#804 Jun 7, 2010
A similar story. 2004 Honda CR-V bought new. Heard a noise from under the car while coming back home on a hot day and immediately the AC stopped working. From the other postings, it seems that this is a recurring problem of a blown compressor clutch or compressor. Honda should make this right by paying for the repair as my car is only 5.5 years old. Anyone know about a 2008 class action suit on this problem. Too bad. I have been very pleased with my CR-V up to now, but will not buy another if Honda won't make this right.
flamer

San Ramon, CA

#805 Jun 7, 2010
Just went through one and ended up being the High Pressure switch. Part is 45-65 $$. Give it a shot it's cheaper than even a diagnosis around here. AMS
nlk wrote:
I went through the "imploding compressor" routine with my 2004 CRV in July 2007....just past the 36,000 mile warranty. The initial quote of $3,500 was reduced to about $1,000 after much unladylike ranting and raving at the dealership. Now I need help with a new problem that nobody can figure out. I will be driving along and the air goes from nice and cold to hot. It started doing it for 15-20 seconds only and then would blow cold again. Now it can stay off for 20 minutes but usually turns cold again. It seems to be worse in the late afternoon after the car has been in the Florida sun all day and I start driving home. I've taken it to the dealer and to a foreign car shop - both say they can't fix it unless they can experience the problem.......but what mechanic is willing to drive my car for a day? And what am I suppose to drive to work? Any ideas what this problem might be? Where do I start?
Evelyn

Houston, TX

#806 Jun 7, 2010
WARNING!!!!!!!!!!

Hondas after while the air conditioner stops blowing out cold air just just blows outside warm air. I had a friend look under the hood and he said maybe i need for freon. I took my honda cr-v to an auto shop and they said they would call me and let me know what the issue is. I had bought my car from a small private dealer and there was no history of an accident so thats why i bought it. The guy called and said the tub was bent and was wondering if i had an accident or had recently been replace and i said no. It cost me $500 which is alot better then some of the cases below but once i did research i found out most hondas have these issues. SO BEWARE!!!!!!!
Erica

Lakeside, CA

#807 Jun 7, 2010
I am a loyal Honda customer. However, after reading these posts I am now a disappointed customer. I have a 2003 Honda CR-V and my A/C has crapped out at 45000 miles. I have not yet taken my car to the dealership, but from the looks of it, it's going to cost a pretty penny. I wrote to a lawyer regarding a class action suit on faulty A/C systems. We shall see what it may bring. In the meantime, I will have to get the A/C fixed because it is approaching summer and I don't want to swelter.
Jim

Syracuse, NY

#808 Jun 8, 2010
Bought a 2007 Honda CR-V in April 2007. Just found out today I have to replace both the thermal protector and compressor. Car is only three years old. Is Honda quality going the way of Toyota??
Mike

Durham, NC

#809 Jun 8, 2010
This is ridiculous! My 2003 CR-V, with 60910 miles, just had the same failure listed on all these posts. The A/C compressor just ate itself causing the engine to quit. Fortunate I was only going 35 mph, but it was still difficult to steer off the road. The failure sent metal throughout the cooling system. Cost to repair,$3300. The local dealer called the district Honda office, and they agreed to pay $1000 of the cost. I called Honda America, 800-999-1009, insisting this must be a mechanical defect with the compressor and Honda should pick up the entire cost of repair. Iím now waiting to hear back from Honda America. I filed a complaint with the Consumer Protection Agency and think everyone else should too.

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