Honda CRV Air Conditioner problems
midwdriver

Middletown, IL

#890 Jul 23, 2010
liner wrote:
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Gosh, back when my parents had infants, nobody had air conditioning in their cars(or houses). Whatever did they do?
Your response has nothing to do with the forum. This forum is about the excessive cost of fixing a problem that is common in Honda vehicles, a problem that is fixed with the same parts that are blowing up in the first place. This forum is about the fact that Honda implies that its the buyers problem in many instances, offers some assistance in other instances. And this is just the small group of users who have stumbled across the blogs on the internet. Many drivers, like your parents probably, don't even use the internet, and are more likely to be victims since Honda claims there is no problem, and those people might not know to contact Honda America for assistance.
Kevin

Valrico, FL

#891 Jul 24, 2010
Kevin wrote:
I have a 1999 CRV with 135k on it. It runs like a charm but the AC crapped out again. I had my high pressure hose blow-out last year. I haven't done anything until now.
I just changed the hose and dryer, it lasted a day and crapped out again. I'm going to change it all myself. First I'm going to change the evaporator and expansion valve( reasons why I'm doing this is when it was working last year it was blowing warm when at a light or stop) all research I did says it's the expansion valve behind the evaporator.
I will then change the compressor because since it was a year without oil and elements I think it is shot, out of pocket cost will be about $400 with vacuum and freon included.
I will keep you posted on how hard it is to do, I'm not a mechanic but have some knowledge on how to do my repairs.
I just spent about $500 -$600 for parts for my 1999 CRV air conditioner, I changed to high pressure hose, Dryer, expansion valve, evaporator, compressor, AC high-low pressure switch, and all O rings. It wasn't easy but I know I saved a ton on money. All seems to be working great but time will tell. Honda has crappy AC's but the cars do run like charm.
Ti in Auburn

Sacramento, CA

#892 Jul 25, 2010
I have a 2004 CTV, while driving home heard noise in the engine looked in my review mirrow and saw the clutch to the AC roll down and across the street.
Three calls to Honda ( back east ) and three call to the dealership later... I took my CRV to a realiable repair shop they put in a life long AC for half the price of the dealership. If AC should break I pay for labor. New AC this week.
Honda and dealship both denied of any problems, told dealship of law suit then all the sudden he told me Honda is will aware of the problems, reson is cause they had sent several forms to them of so many break downs of AC.
The sad thing is about my AC, I don't use it much . I don't get it !
Broke and Dehydrated

United States

#893 Jul 25, 2010
After years of driving REALLY old cars (with little-no a/c), I finally earned a PhD and my parents helped me get a "new" car, a 2007 CR-V. I chose this vehicle because Honda is supposed to make incredibly reliable cars, right? That was 8 weeks ago and I've already spent $700 on issues related to "mechanical error" and another $250 on a windshield replacement. Then the a/c goes out - well it's intermittent at best, and with the East coast weather being stuck above 100 degrees F you can imagine the water weight I've lost on those leather seats so far (which could be a good thing, I admit).
Anyway, not knowing about these issues I had the freon charged which of course didn't help anything. Has anyone had any luck getting Honda to acknowledge these issues?
Mac Palm Springs

United States

#894 Jul 26, 2010
Good Luck! Honda could care less about the problems it's customers are burdened with. Go to www.honda-lawsuit.com . The Honda Corporate rep was so rude on the phone she actually told me to be quite before I "Put my foot in my mouth." I will never buy another Honda in my lifetime and have started an email campaign among my friend to warn others. As luck would have it I live very close to Honda's Corporate Headquarters, I plan on parking my CRV in front of their offices decorated as a giant lemon and calling the press.
Consumers need to stand up and tell them enough is enough, they need to do the right thing.

Mac PSP
Broke and Dehydrated wrote:
After years of driving REALLY old cars (with little-no a/c), I finally earned a PhD and my parents helped me get a "new" car, a 2007 CR-V. I chose this vehicle because Honda is supposed to make incredibly reliable cars, right? That was 8 weeks ago and I've already spent $700 on issues related to "mechanical error" and another $250 on a windshield replacement. Then the a/c goes out - well it's intermittent at best, and with the East coast weather being stuck above 100 degrees F you can imagine the water weight I've lost on those leather seats so far (which could be a good thing, I admit).
Anyway, not knowing about these issues I had the freon charged which of course didn't help anything. Has anyone had any luck getting Honda to acknowledge these issues?
Jennifer

Elbridge, NY

#895 Jul 26, 2010
While my AC is still working, my problem is the leaking water into my car by front passenger and a squealing sound when turning and the fan and/or AC is on. It only squeals when I turn left, not right. The AC unit still works. My husband thinks that maybe it is just plugged or perhapsa problem with evaporator accumulator - any thoughts/suggestions?
Skipper Cassell

Fort Worth, TX

#896 Jul 26, 2010
Sandra,
What did Honda say about this? Mine did this last week (I have 109,000 miles on my 2002 CRV). The dealer quoted me $3,100. I have an independent that is doing it for $1,400.
Holly

Elkland, MO

#897 Jul 27, 2010
I have a 2004 CRV. Same problem with the Air Conditioner Compressor. I have 85k miles on it and the compressor would get loud and suck power from the vehicle. Then, just quit blowing cold air in 95 degree weather. The dealer quoted $3,200.00 without even looking at the vehicle. He said he has fixed the problem enough times he knows what the problem is without even looking at it. Honda will not do anything and still no recalls. This was my first Honda and will be my last!
Holly

Elkland, MO

#898 Jul 27, 2010
Jennifer wrote:
While my AC is still working, my problem is the leaking water into my car by front passenger and a squealing sound when turning and the fan and/or AC is on. It only squeals when I turn left, not right. The AC unit still works. My husband thinks that maybe it is just plugged or perhapsa problem with evaporator accumulator - any thoughts/suggestions?
I had the same problem with the squealing sound only when I turned left and the AC was on. I had this problem about a month before the AC went out. I do not know if they are actually connected. All I know is that is when I started having AC issues. My 04 has 85k miles on it and out of warranty. I called Honda, and they could care less. You might have the AC checked before it completely goes out and causes all the damage that costs $3000.00 to fix everything that gets damaged when it goes out.
theresa

Cedar Ridge, CA

#899 Jul 27, 2010
I am amazed by how many people are having the same problem I've been having with my 2003 CRV. I bought mine new. Like many of you, I have pampered my CRV, and have taken it in to the dealer for every service recommended. Even oil changes were done there. At 69,715 miles my AC stopped blowing cold air and the dealer's diagnosis: "A/C compressor has internal failure and contaminated entire system." I only paid $170 for the diagnosis. The service person who helped me was able to waive the repair cost and I thought he was awesome. Little did I know he probably waived it because it's a common problem with this car. But between 69,715 miles and 137,598 miles I was a huge fan of Honda. At 137,598 miles my A/C compressor failed again. Diagnosis: A/C compressor clutch missing, compressor seized, recommend A/C system. Honda America offered to take off 10% leaving me with a mere $2,753.30 to pay for repair. Wow, what a bargain.(sarcasm)...I then talked to my brother who owns a CRV...2001 or 2002. He told me he could put me in touch with a good mechanic who would do it for $800. He knew this because he had to have his CRV's A/C compressor replaced. At that point I made the decision NEVER to go back to Honda for ANY service. Despite the fact that I was a faithful customer and had all repairs and services done there, they wanted to slam me with this even though they know it's a common problem. I did go to my brother's recommended mechanic and had my system replaced for $800. But SURPRISE...at 143,000 the AC compressor failed again. I just brought it home from the shop again. This recommended non-Honda mechanic was very honest. He put in a new compressor and wouldn't accept a dime for labor. I wanted to at least give him $100 for a nice dinner out because I think this is Honda's problem...not his.

If anyone knows how we could get Honda to own up to its problem, please post!
liner

Bronx, NY

#900 Jul 28, 2010
midwdriver wrote:
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Your response has nothing to do with the forum. This forum is about the excessive cost of fixing a problem that is common in Honda vehicles, a problem that is fixed with the same parts that are blowing up in the first place. This forum is about the fact that Honda implies that its the buyers problem in many instances, offers some assistance in other instances. And this is just the small group of users who have stumbled across the blogs on the internet. Many drivers, like your parents probably, don't even use the internet, and are more likely to be victims since Honda claims there is no problem, and those people might not know to contact Honda America for assistance.
Go back and read the post (by Adam) I was responding to. The guy was saying his whole family was going to die if Honda didn't fix his A/C.(hyperbole, but its a point).
By the way, I grew up in the 50s. Hence my comment about riding around in cars without air conditioning. We managed. And yes, Honda has a big problem with their A/Cs, but the world isn't ending.
chucky in CA

Los Angeles, CA

#901 Jul 28, 2010
I have a 2006 CR-V purchased new in Jan 2006. Two weeks ago in 100 degree weather, the A/C stopped working - same problem others have had. Called Honda America in Torrance, CA, got a case # & had it escalated 3 times (that's all the farther they go). Was told after 3 yrs/36K miles, it's my problem. I wrote a letter to Tetsuo Iwamura-CEO. He gave it back to "Customer Service" who called me with the same Honda propaganda I heard 3 previous times - the car is too far out of warranty for them to do anything about it. This person did admit that there were A/C problems with 2002 CR-V's. I tried to explain that this is not a model year problem. It is a multi-model-year compressor problem, because the parts dealers I researched show the same compressor going into 2002 through 2006 CR-V's. She did not dispute it, but said that is information their engineers have that they in Customer Service are not privy to. Needless to say, I wrote another letter to the CEO including all this and asking him why he didn't have the decency to reply himself. As "liner" stated, the world isn't ending. But if this was a repair that could be done for a reasonable amount of money, and was rare, they would have never heard from me. To spend $3000 - 15% of the cost of the car when new - on a problem so many other people are having, a problem that Honda knows exists is outrageous.
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#902 Jul 28, 2010
Don't get me wrong Chucky and midwdriver, I sympathize with you folks over the repeated and expensive Honda AC repairs. My original response to Adam was meant to be narrowly focused on his post, not to make light of the problem. Apologies.
I commend you for your tenacity in going after the CEO. Wish you success.
Pat from NC

Durham, NC

#903 Jul 29, 2010
thanks for the forum. Have a 2003 CR-V 93,000 miles with compressor failure and system contamination-- brought to dealer--$3400 price tag. Called American Honda like everyone else, they said they probably won't help since I'm the 2nd owner and am out of warrantee etc. etc. Told them I knew about the TSB and class action (which the regional manager totally blew off) and have family history of Honda loyalty to no significant avail. Seems like a good number of other folks are getting more substantial help with vehicles of the same mileage and vintage as mine. Anyone have any suggestions on anything else I can do?
chuck pville ny

Levittown, NY

#904 Jul 29, 2010
2008 crv exl ac down dealer quoted 900+ to fix 46k miles , negotiated price down , they play a shell game on pricing, contacted Honda america this issue should be a recall on a defective design/components so all problems are corrected Ill keep you posted looks like Honda trying to duplicate Toyotas fiasco
Kevin

Valrico, FL

#905 Jul 29, 2010
Jennifer wrote:
While my AC is still working, my problem is the leaking water into my car by front passenger and a squealing sound when turning and the fan and/or AC is on. It only squeals when I turn left, not right. The AC unit still works. My husband thinks that maybe it is just plugged or perhapsa problem with evaporator accumulator - any thoughts/suggestions?
I just changed just about the whole unit myself so I think I might be able to help you, if you have a leak under the passenger area I think it could be either 2 things.

The other noise seems strange but see if you have enough power steering fluid in your reservoir. If it's not that find out where the noise is and write back

1. Maybe the drain tube is broken or has a crack in it. Check the area at the back base of the evaporator housing leading through the firewall.
2. Maybe you have too much build-up along your evaporator that sweats condensation. Your supposed to have enough insulation over the pipe where the expansion valve meets the evaporator.
Chawnie

Vacaville, CA

#906 Jul 29, 2010
theresa wrote:
I did go to my brother's recommended mechanic and had my system replaced for $800. But SURPRISE...at 143,000 the AC compressor failed again. I just brought it home from the shop again. This recommended non-Honda mechanic was very honest. He put in a new compressor and wouldn't accept a dime for labor. I wanted to at least give him $100 for a nice dinner out because I think this is Honda's problem...not his.
If anyone knows how we could get Honda to own up to its problem, please post!
I have a 2002 Honda CRV and the air conditioning had to be replaced in 2006 with only 54,000 miles at the time. Now I have 103,000 miles and it needs to be replaced again. The dealership said that Honda will cover 25% of the cost, costing me $2200. This is crazy. Too many people are having problems with the air conditioning. Why isn't Honda doing something about this?(ugh!). I thought about trading my car in but the engine works great and Honda's are known for lasting a long time. It seems cheaper to get the air conditioning fixed.

Theresa,

What mechanic did you use? I live in the Sacramento area and am in need of a good mechanic for the same issue.
helene

Saint Paul, MN

#907 Jul 30, 2010
I just got rid of my 2006 Honda CRV. Second CRV that had the A/C go out. First one was a 2004 and I thought it was just one of those things that happen, got the A/C fixed. Traded car in a few years later for the 2006. When the A/C on that went, got suspicious and found these forums showing that I was one of many many folks who had this same problem and Honda was like "we've never heard of this, and that'll be $2,500 dollars please to get it fixed"
Will never buy another Honda vehicle. Now have a Subaru Forester.
Chawnie

Vacaville, CA

#908 Jul 30, 2010
History: 2002 Honda CR-V (bought new)
1st time - May 2006 replaced entire air conditioning system. Car had 55,000 miles. Honda paid %50 costing us $1427.
2nd time - July 2010 told it needs to be replaced again. Car has 103,000 miles. Honda offered to pay 25%, will cost us $2135.

I called American Honda Corp 1-800-999-1009 and spoke to a representative, he was nice but was unable to work with me because the dealership service manager contacted the Honda Rep to see if they would cover any costs. Learn from my mistake contact Honda Corp yourself to file a claim first, you may get a better deal. I am very frustrated. I was told to contact the service manager at the dealership again to contact the Honda Dealer Rep (the only one to make the offer) to see if I could get a better offer. He called me back and said no. He said that it is because I have 103,000 miles on my CR-V. I told him that the mileage and how old my vehicle is has nothing to do with the fact that my air conditioner is only 4yrs old. Not sure what to do now. Honda needs to man up and take care of this.
bagelpusher

Florence, AL

#909 Jul 30, 2010
I have a 2002 CRV, owned since new. A/C went out in 2005, Honda repaired it at 'reduced' cost as my wife was pregnant at the time in the middle of summer and was bawling in the office of the repair manager. Still set us back about $2K. A/C went out again a couple of months ago. Honda still quoting 3100.00 to repair. I got on Ebay and bought a replacement system, condenser, compressor, oil, dessicant, valve all for $300.00 from a wholesale parts house. Looking now for a mechanic in North Alabama who can install. As soon as its fixed, it will be traded in.

By the way, this is one of very few vehicles for which an a/c bypass pulley does not exist. Look for it on the internet. I wanted to take off the compressor and put on a bypass pulley until its repaired, to avoid accidental damage... seems there is no such animal. Why is there no real aftermarket support for this issue? It is obviously widespread.

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