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PROBLEM STAYING COOL

2002 Honda Accord

Air Conditioning problem
2002 Honda Accord 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 102000 miles

For almost as long as we've had our Honda we've had a problem with the air conditioning. I'm finally getting around to researching it.

The problem is that when the air conditioning is on but the engine is idling, the compressor doesn't seem to work and the air is semi-cool, and sometimes warm or even hot. As soon as you start to drive, the air turns ice-cold as it should be and stays that way--until you reach a red light and idle--then the air warms up again.

That being the case, the air conditioning works great on the highway but is not so great for city driving.

Is this a common problem?
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HondaGuy22
August 14, 2008.



Hi HondaGuy22

No AC system should be resting when the car is stopped with engine running. That is the time when we most need it to be running.

Either the condenser or radiator fan is not working or the idling speed is too low for the compressor to be working.

KHLow2008
Aug 15, 2008.