2001 Honda Civic Air Conditioning

Tiny
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Air Conditioning problem
2001 Honda Civic Two Wheel Drive Automatic 93000 miles

so my air conditioning went out and I know its the clutch and I stopped by honda to see what it would take to get it fitxed and the tech told me that it is the clutch but they will have to replace virtually my entire system becuase he said that parts of the clutch or something could have gotten blown through the whole system. Does that make sense? That seems insaine to me could I just replace the compressor and clutch and will it work I am a college student and live in Phoenix. He said $1200 to $1800 to fix the problem. I just dont understand how the clutch going out which its designed to do would cause that major of a problem. What is your advice?
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Friday, November 30th, 2007 AT 11:05 PM

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Tiny
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HI there,

I would get an independent inspection. Normally if the clutch assembly fails the compressor is not normally compromised. Also is the clutch faulty? The system may have developed a lead and the low pressure switch is activated, shutting the system down, this is easy for a mechanic with any A/C experience to test.

I hope that this helps.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Friday, November 30th, 2007 AT 11:31 PM
Tiny
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Yeah when I engauge the AC the system whines and keeps whineing and then the tech showed me the clutch is about to fall off. Its loose so I was figuring I would just get the compressor changed and then he floored me withthat and I think something is wrong if they dont design a catch or if it makes it where when one part fails the whoile system has to be replaced thats pure stupidity to me
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Saturday, December 1st, 2007 AT 8:28 AM
Tiny
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Hi there,

I agree, I come across that so often, and to have to tell a customer that it is a huge repair bill for what looks a minor job is very hard, we have no control over the engineers who design these things, I have written to Ford about a similar problem and I didn't even get a reply.

You should be able to get a second hand compressor fitted, the dealer won't do it you will have to go to an independent work shop change the receiver dryer as well, that is like the filter for the system, that way you may get a number of good years out of the system at a reasonable cost.

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Saturday, December 1st, 2007 AT 3:51 PM
Tiny
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The outside part of the clutch has fallen off now, what would cause the clutch going out to compromose the entire system and can I just replce the clutch and/or the compressor?
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Friday, December 28th, 2007 AT 2:35 PM
Tiny
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Hi there,

If the drive shaft was damaged and the clutch assembly could not be renewed, you would need a compressor only, if the shaft and bearing was damaged foreign material could enter the system potentially causing much more damage,

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Friday, December 28th, 2007 AT 4:31 PM
Tiny
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Is there a way to be able to tell if the bearing was damaged isnt there a filter inplace to combat this problem? Shouldnt the accumulator grab this and stop it?
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 AT 11:09 AM
Tiny
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The receiver dryer acts as a filter, so it is a good idea to replace this as well. But like any filter it will catch only so much, and some debris can get through. A physical inspection of compressor will show up a major problem, but you will have to run it see if there is any noise and if it will not hold a vacuum, if it is not vacuum tight. Your refrigerant will leak out.

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 AT 3:02 PM

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