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need help! engine almost dies when a/c turned on

stevevalent on Sun May 31, 2009 7:45 PM User is offline

Year: 2003
Make: acura
Model: tl
Engine Size: 3.2
Refrigerant Type: r143
Ambient Temp: 80
Country of Origin: United States

my acura just started having this problem. the car runs normal and when I turn the a/c on, it almost dies, then runs good for a second or two, then almost dies again, and so on over and over. I am not sure what could be causing this. I'm assuming I may need a new compressor, but then I try to find info on the net and am seeing a/c oil and filters and clutches and I'm just not sure what to do. any help?

Chick on Sun May 31, 2009 9:34 PM User is offlineView users profile

Try turning the outer hub by hand, look for any rough spots. It should turn smoothly with no binding. Does it cool when it works? If it does, you may have a bad idle up sensor, but it does look like the compressor is on it's way out..
02-03 Acura TL parts.

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stevevalent on Sun May 31, 2009 11:28 PM User is offline

the hub you are talking about, is it the part that the belt rides on? I tried turning that and it doesn't turn because the belt is on it. It has been working the last couple days. My wife drives the car mostly and she said it hasn't been that cold and may need to be recharged. but the ac has been a little on the loud side recently. she did mention this weekend that it did the same thing to her when she turned the a/c on. then I went out and tried it and it didn't do it. well today I got a recharge can and turned the a/c on so I could charge it and it was all bad. I didn't leave it on long enough for it to start to get cold. I didn't know what kind of damage it would do to leave it running like that.

Chick on Mon June 01, 2009 6:27 AM User is offlineView users profile

No, I mean the part in front of the belt, that is the part that actually turns the inside of the compressor. Clutch hub, clutch driver, just a couple of names.. Sorry for the confusion..

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stevevalent on Mon June 01, 2009 6:27 PM User is offline

ok. I see what you are talking about. I also found an online diagram to assist (they called it armature disc/hub). I can not get that part to turn at all with my hands.

Chick on Mon June 01, 2009 6:30 PM User is offlineView users profile

Your compressor is seized, e-mail the guys at Ackits.com for a price on compressor, drier, expansion valve, and you should flush the system to remove any debris from the compressor that went thru the system.. Hope this helps..

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stevevalent on Mon June 01, 2009 6:44 PM User is offline

ok, thanks

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