2010 Civic AC

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kmurp
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2010 Civic AC

Post by kmurp » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:25 am

My daughter has a 2010 civic with about 60k miles. Last night, on her drive home, the AC quit working. Strangely enough the same thing happened to me with a 1995 Accord at about the same mileage years ago. My question is: is this likely an expensive repair or could it be easy to fix?

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Re: 2010 Civic AC

Post by dream_chaser » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:36 am

Hard to say with the information given, but it's rarely an easy fix.

Avoid any sort of stop-leak or fix-in-a-bottle. If you add refrigerant, avoid ones with leak sealer built in.

The refrigerant may be leaking, in that case a recharge might get you by before it leaks out again. The fix here would be to recharge the system and add UV dye, drive the car for a while, then return to view the dye on the lines to find the leak. The system would then need opened and leak repaired.

The compressor could be shot. A new compressor is probably several hundred dollars, I've had good luck with junkyard units for under $100.

Or anything in between. Wiring, compressor clutch, clog, broken belt, etc. Anytime the system is opened it has to be vacuumed down and then recharged, a process which probably costs $100 on its own.

The system is not overly complicated if you're mechanical at all, but the cost of entry can be high needing a vacuum pump and gauges.

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Re: 2010 Civic AC

Post by munemaker » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:01 am

dream_chaser wrote:
The compressor could be shot. A new compressor is probably several hundred dollars, I've had good luck with junkyard units for under $100.

Or anything in between. Wiring, compressor clutch, clog, broken belt, etc.
I had the a/c fail on my 2009 Honda CR*V around 100,000 miles. Problem was the compressor clutch; mechanic also changed an electrical coil in the compressor. The total bill was just under $1,000. If you buy an aftermarket compressor yourself, it may be a couple hundred, as dream chaser says. However, most places will double the parts cost and add labor, of course, plus the refrigerant.

When my system failed, it was intermittent for a while before it quit working all together.

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Re: 2010 Civic AC

Post by bottlecap » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:50 am

It could be so many things, it's impossible to say.

I've had a valve that was leaking. Replaced the valve and had it recharged for less than $200.

I've have the magnet weaken so that the clutch did not engage. I fixed that with a screw driver and a wrench.

If you had to replace the clutch, it would probably cost her less than a $100 if you did it yourself.

A new compressor would set her back pretty penny at the shop.

JT

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Re: 2010 Civic AC

Post by kmurp » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:10 am

Turns out it was the compressor. When that failed on my old Accord at around 60,000 miles I didn't fix it. This time, we are fixing it. I don't think the car would be worth as much on trade without AC and if she is thinking about moving south next summer so AC will be important.

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Re: 2010 Civic AC

Post by wander » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:38 pm

In my state, it is impossible to drive in summer without AC. Luckily, I've never had problem with Air Conditioner.

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Re: 2010 Civic AC

Post by ilisira » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:10 am

kmurp wrote:My daughter has a 2010 civic with about 60k miles. Last night, on her drive home, the AC quit working. Strangely enough the same thing happened to me with a 1995 Accord at about the same mileage years ago. My question is: is this likely an expensive repair or could it be easy to fix?
This happened to me two summers ago with my 2008 Civic. I checked the pressure, and it seemed to be OK. Worrying it would be the compressor, I searched some Civic forums, and they were recommending to check the relay.For me it was the relay, and it was a $6 fix.

I'd start with the leak check, and relay.

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Re: 2010 Civic AC

Post by Gufomel » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:25 am

A few years ago the A/C failed in our 2003 Accord with ~150k miles. It was the compressor. We decided to have it fixed for ~$1k. Exactly a year later, it failed again, but a different part (can't remember what). We were quoted ~$1k again for the fix. Decided to trade it in for $2k and be done with it.

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