General Air conditioning information for 2nd Generation CR-V's

Discussion in '2nd Generation (2002-2006)' started by 13mil, Monday 8th Apr, 2019.

  1. 13mil Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    United Kingdom 13mil Cambridge
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    Hi everyone, I've recently bought a 2nd Generation CR-V, and it's wonderful. When bought it the seller said the air con needed regassing. Now this CR-V I have is a great daily driver, and I thought let's get air con regassed. The man did it on an automatic machine. I went to pick it up and he said' it's strange, the pipe going to valve is cold but not after valve, hence still blowing warm air instead of ICE cold stuff. So I then went to a very informative air con specialist near dorchester he got his low pressure and high pressure testin gear. Immediately the low pressure was showing no pressure. Now it's common for the relays to go in this gen 2 model. So I will repeat what he said, to share his info and insight.

    ''THe 2nd Generation compressor normally lasts about 7 years, then gives up. When it goes people change the compressor but not the dryer. They may flush the system but unless you change the dryer it's waiting to go wrong again. It's stays contaminated. Now I could charge you 300 quid to replace the valve and dryer that's blocked, butyou'll be wasting your money especially as the cars 14 yrs old.'
    I liked his straight talking and thought I'd share it. I've never had air con so won't miss it, he did say office, house and big building air con units aren't attached to a moving vehicle picking up dust dirt and anything else and this he said is why over time a lot of systems fail in cars. I hope what I've said makes sense, and gives people insight into why air con fails, if, it's not the compressor or the relay. Thanks
     
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  2. SteveBurt Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    United Kingdom Steve Burt CAMBRIDGE
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    Why would you be wasting you money if you changed valve and dryer? Aircon is surely worth £300
     
  3. 13mil Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Sorry Steveburt. I forgot to mention that he said, because the dryer was not changed when the compressor went, the system was still contaminated, and even if he changed valve and dryer now, he would never be able to clear all of the contamination even with flushing. He said it maybe good for a week or even six, but eventually a fleck or bit of debris from the original compressor failure would block the valve again. He could have bs'd me and said spend 300 quid and it'll be as good as new, but he was straight and honest and dissuaded me from wasting my money, I like and respect that kind of honesty. And just thought it worth sharing with the forum.
     
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