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Compressor Locked up Questions

jgcox6 on Fri August 05, 2011 7:43 PM User is offline

Year: 2001
Make: Honda
Model: CRV
Engine Size: 2.0

My daughters 2001 CRV compressor has locked up..can't turn the pulley/clutch at all with the belt off. Seems like a silly question, but is it possible to have the compressor lock up and not shard pieces of metal into the system? I want to pull the compressor off and see if there is any evidence of black death..i would assume I would see gray or black oil and maybe pieces of metal??? If I do, I understand that I will have to flush the whole system..any chance of being able to flush the condenser on this model?

JJM on Fri August 05, 2011 8:59 PM User is offline

You could get lucky, but chances are if it locked up, it's because it ran dry of oil or other catastrophic failure. The suction and discharge ports and lines, along with the expansion valve inlet, will give you an idea of the contamination.

Unless you have top notch flushing systems like HECAT, condenser flushing likely won't be successful, it's just the nature of the design - unlike the old tube and fin condensers that typically flushed well without any fancy equipment. Even if you did have professional grade flushing equipment, I would still recommend replacing the condenser. As Bohica properly puts it into perspective, look at it as a filter, which in your case had a 10 year life.

Your enemy here is contamination, and if you don't get it all out, you just end up on a merry go round of expensive parts replacement and poor results. That is why the typical
service procedure with compressor failure is to replace the condenser, dryer, TXV, any lines with filters or mufflers, and then flush and dry the remaining components thoroughly.

You also need to get quality parts - new is better - because it doesn't make sense to buy brand new components and a poor quality chain store compressor (paint and ship), and have a bad reman destroy all your components once again. The sponsor this site has everything you need at very competitive prices. Alternately, you can get all the parts from your Honda dealer, but you're talking big dollars.


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jgcox6 on Fri August 05, 2011 9:58 PM User is offline

if the lines and ports don't have gray or black oil and slithers of metal...can i assume it didn't shard into the system....??

TRB on Fri August 05, 2011 10:18 PM User is offlineView users profile

Little history. We have had nothing but issues with CR-V's the past few years. Vendor after vendor including OEM having repeated failures. Co-worker just did total replacement number 4 on his buddy's vehicle. This is all in the past 2 years. We had 2 other customers with similar repeat failures. Again total replacement and flushing evaps.

Might call and ask for Jack at our shop. Believe he went with a new design on this last compressor, but not 100 percent sure. Personally I would not mind if I never had another CR-V in the shop. These compressors seem to be the FX15 of today.


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chris142 on Fri August 05, 2011 11:28 PM User is offline

I think I saw an add for a Piston type of compressor to replace the troublesome scroll on some Honda's.

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