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Civic weak area?

Turbo on Sun April 26, 2009 9:40 PM User is offline

Year: 2005
Make: Honda
Model: Civic
Refrigerant Type: 134a
Country of Origin: United States

Hello, I have a 2005 civic coming to me this weekend and the owner says the a/c blows hot air but it worked before the winter. I will have no problem repairing the problem. I have been around many a/c systems before. I have never worked on a 2005 civic before and would like to know if their is any weak areas on this car which give out first. I will be working on this car on a Saturday and parts will be hard to get so I would like to know. If are any common electrical problems or weak parts which break or rot out first. If I hook up my gages and the system is empty where would be the first place to look. Trying to get a head start. thank you for the help.
sal

Turbo on Tue April 28, 2009 5:57 PM User is offline

No one has had to repair a civic?

Edited: Tue April 28, 2009 at 6:04 PM by Turbo

Chick on Tue April 28, 2009 7:01 PM User is offlineView users profile

You have to see what you find. Hard to tell you with none of us including you seeing the car yet.. If there is one fault I have found, it was when someone fooled with the system and didn't know what they were doing and blew holes thru the scroll compressor. do a search on the board, I'm sure I posted a few pics of scrolls with the sides blown out, and I'm sure others did too. Look it over, check pressures etc.. Today I had "two" sandens with clutch gap issues, one on a V6 honda, the other a Jeep.. You just don't know what you'll find til you look at it..Hope this helps..

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mk378 on Wed April 29, 2009 11:27 AM User is offline

If you're having an "electrical problem" (system is charged, but compressor won't engage), check the thermal switch on the compressor first. Seems on those years they tend to open for no reason. It's a simple two wire switch that should be zero ohms if the compressor is not overheated.

Turbo on Wed April 29, 2009 3:53 PM User is offline

Thank you for the replies chick and mk378. It is always good to know what your up against. Sometimes it is much easier to ask first. I will post this weekend what I find. I find it very odd to have a 2005 stop cooling from a mechanical failure such as a rotted evaporator. That is why I asked. Thanks again for the help.

mk378 on Wed April 29, 2009 3:56 PM User is offline

Can always get a rock in the condenser or something. Some brilliant young lawyer (not engineer) has a web page trying to round up "victims" and sue Honda saying the condenser shouldn't be mounted way up front like it is. Good luck with that I say.

Edited: Wed April 29, 2009 at 3:57 PM by mk378

Chick on Wed April 29, 2009 5:02 PM User is offlineView users profile

well, it would be much safer in the trunk... And we would be safer if he stayed home........Funny stuff...

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Voyager97 on Wed April 29, 2009 7:02 PM User is offlineView users profile

Somebody should tell that 'lawyer' that Honda put the condenser 'way up front' to stop rocks going thro. the radiator

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Turbo on Sat May 02, 2009 1:22 PM User is offline

Well, the system was empty. Put some dye in and ran it. Can not find anything leaking. Pulled the cab in fan to take a look at the evaporator and from what I can see it is good. Any ideas.

Chick on Sat May 02, 2009 5:14 PM User is offlineView users profile

I've had a few scroll compressors leak at the shaft seal, here's a pic of one from my file, most won't be this bad, but you do have to check close. Maybe evven remove the front hub..hope this helps..



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