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civic ac problem

tissue on Sat July 06, 2013 12:11 PM User is offline

Year: 1997
Make: Honda
Model: Civic
Refrigerant Type: r143a

Hello, i just wanna ask if this can be condenser leak. (bottom right side on picture). I bought this used condenser and replaced it with my old one because it was leaking. Now im not sure if this one isnt gonna leak. thanks


Edited: Sun July 07, 2013 at 2:50 PM by tissue

fix_it on Sat July 06, 2013 1:07 PM User is offline

Kinda looks like it might leak. Oil got on it from somewhere. Maybe some was spilled, or leaked onto it from something else, but I wouldn't count on it to not leak.

94RX-7 on Sun July 07, 2013 11:26 AM User is offline

It does look like a leak. Compressors, condensers and underwear are all things I never buy used if new is available.

tissue on Sun July 07, 2013 11:52 AM User is offline

well, today i got it charged, it held vacuum , and the machine they used said its o.k. It blows cold . but now everytime the compressor engages/disengages it makes squeaking sound. what it might be? Loose belt or some clutch problem?

Dougflas on Sun July 07, 2013 1:06 PM User is offline

From the info you posted, could be belt, compressor, clutch, overcharge

mk378 on Sun July 07, 2013 1:39 PM User is offline

Excessive high side pressure increases compressor torque, putting stress on the belt and clutch. So, what were the pressures?

What model of car? Did you replace anything besides the condenser?

tissue on Sun July 07, 2013 2:48 PM User is offline

I updated first post with info of my car. well, my car didnt have the ac. i bought the whole a/c and put it into my car. But the condenser was shot it was from crashed car by the looks of it. so i bought this used one. Today i got it charged and everything was fine for like 2hours but then it started squealing when engagin/disengaging. Blows cold when clutch engages, then it disengages and starts to blow warmer then engages and again cold. It does this every 5minutes. Condenser fan runs all the time. i dont have the gauges to look at pressures. so i think you cant help me without pressures right ?

mk378 on Sun July 07, 2013 3:40 PM User is offline

If the parts car had been sitting around with a broken condenser, you likely have major water contamination.

Also the amount of oil is a critical factor.

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