HVAC Can't recharge my AirCon system after replacing the condenser.. Please help!

Discussion in '1st Generation (2004-2011)' started by Steve Robinson, Tuesday 29th Jul, 2014.

  1. Steve Robinson New Member Getting Started

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    Hi, 1st post so please bare with me..

    I have a 2008 2.2 CTDi FR-V and over the winter the Aircon stopped blowing cold. Kwikfit fit tried recharging it but couldn't so didn't charge me. I then went to a specialist who pumped some nitrogen through and it came out of the bottom connector on the condenser. On closer inspection I realised some thing had battered the condenser out of shape so I have now bought a new one and fitted it myself (easy enough) however I have this evening taken it to Halfords to recharge but they have told me it is empty of gas and when they tried to charge into the Low pressure port it hardly moved the dial and so the guy stopped in fear of there being a bleed screw that might have needed loosening. Can someone please advise me on whether this is another fault or I just need to take it to a Honda or AirCon specialist.. I will have a very grumpy wife and kids on Saturday when I drive them 1300 miles to the S of France with no Air Con.. So any help much appreciated ;@)

    Steve
     
  2. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Im not sure whats going on there. Who was the specialist that managed to get some nitrogen into the system. Perhaps go back to him.

    I wouldn't trust places like Kwik Fit or Halfords to have any specialist knowledge, so best to find an Aircon specialist.
     
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  3. Steve Robinson New Member Getting Started

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    SpeedyGee,

    Thanks I will be out today to get it sorted, I'll update the resolution (hopefully) and maybe it will help someone else if they experience a similar problem.
     
  4. Steve Robinson New Member Getting Started

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    Update and more advice needed,

    I have taken it to a specialist AirCon place they vacuumed it, added 5g of lubricating oil and 550g of the correct gas. The machine tested to ensure it wasn't leaking and all was good. They then switched on the AirCon and tested temp comparison and it didn't go cold. They could hear the compressor kick in and out however they then realised that the radiator had been pushed out of its bottom bushes and was sat Short circuiting against the metal pipe behind. I have now re-seated the radiator and there is no signs of damage to a cable but the rear of the radiator fan (the left one as you look into the engine) was live when it was shorting off the pipe. No cable or wiring loom seems damaged, crushed or chafed so could it be a blown fuse or damaged relay possibly? The fan does turn when the engine is running!!
     
  5. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Sounds like some damage has occurred to the bottom of the car in that area by the A/C compressor ?? Are you sure there isn't a crushed pipe anywhere around that area ?

    So what you're saying is that currently the compressor is running, there is gas in the system, no leaks were detected, fans are coming on but still no cold air.

    I can't remember if there is a valve on the Honda A/C compressors, if there is need to test if it opens.
     
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  6. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Oh and there is also a pressure switch somewhere that would need checking and a relay. It would also be worth getting visual confirmation that the compressor is engaging (I think you mentioned they said they could hear it engage).
     
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