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Old 01-22-2013, 10:49 PM   #1
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CR-V A/C reminder

I learned at IRV2 that my CR-V may be prone to A/C compressor failure. Sure enough it happened @ 90,000 miles on my 04.

If this happens to you do not pay the price quoted for repair by the dealer. In my case $1,690.00. Honda is well aware they have a problem with these compressors and has obviously decided to do something. But you must ask.

In my case I just pointed out what I had learned here on IRV2 and they called Honda (or said they did) and charged me $700.00 instead. It was easy. A nine year old car with 90K on it things can go wrong so I was satisfied with the deal. I was not known to this dealer it was my first time to do business with them.

They have to replace not only the compressor but all the related parts. It seems when the compressor goes tiny bits of metal polute the system so they just change everything. The repair requires removing the front facia to access the compressor.

It is worth repeating and may save someone some grief so here it is again.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:20 PM   #2
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When I had my motor replaced, the compressor had a very slight oil leak. Like maybe one drop a day. At first the they told me they had to replace everything, but I talked them out of it. The more they touch, the more they can screw up. I had to pay $65 for a new dryer and expansion valve for the Ford warranty to cover the new compressor. Actually, I think they cut that in half because it took 4 months for all the work they did.
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Well this one seized up and boom it was toast. No oil leak, no hints, just virtual destruction. If they tell me there are metal fragments throughout the system as a result I go with it. Every thing I know about compressors I carry in my wallet.

I wrote this post because when I read of so many CR-V compressors doing the same thing I was skeptical. Mine was fine. But then it was my turn. I guess you just have to be there. Some people reported paying as much as $2,100. for the work. It is not necessary. Personally I think the seven hundred is more in line with the right fee for the job maybe even a bit high but it beats $1,690.

But you have to ask.
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A slow leak can also leak an oil mist and destroy the compressor. $700 sound low for the entire system. Never had it done, But I've heard stories of $1200.
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