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post #1 of 11 Old 08-27-2008, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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Condenser Replacement

A friend of mine has a 2005 Accord EX 4 cyl. in need of a new condenser. I'm not exactly sure what happened with the existing one, but after reading some posts here it seems that the condensers are pretty easily damaged from road debris coming through the grille openings. He asked me to help him replace it; he's not much of a car guy, though, and domestic cars are really my forte. So, what all is involved in replacing the condenser on the Accord? Can it be removed without pulling the bumper? Are there any other parts that should be replaced along with the condenser (for example, when doing a compressor, you replace the orifice tube and accumulator also)? I did some searching around this forum; I found many posts talking about the condenser being damaged, but most had the dealer or a shop replace it. I just want to know what I'm up against. Many thanks in advance for any help provided!

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-29-2008, 01:54 PM
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Pretty easy! Don't let it sit empty, fill it ASAP!!

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-13-2008, 04:35 PM
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Thank you for that really good info!!!
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anyone ever tell you? you're awesome princess!

p.s. how to tell if my compressor went out or if it is my condenser?
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If the unit has enough freon, then the compressor would kick on & off in cycles as needed. Run car at an idle with AC on full to hear the cycles.

If it doesn't kick on & off, then it's not working right.

A condenser, is like a radiator. It would leak if it was bad more than likely.

The fans should also cycle at an idle with the AC one full once the engine is up to normal operating temp.

What are the symptoms? Why do you suspect somethings not working?
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post #6 of 11 Old 10-21-2008, 10:08 AM
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Well, I've just found out it is the compressor

My cold air doesn't work at all! I've turned it on, and it clicks on and off as needed, but the A/C will not blow cold air! heat works, but cool does not.

This is the Compressor right? Atleast that is what the mechanic told me.

p.s. is it ok if I get one from ebay? the dealer is charging WAY too much!

The mechanic told me $1500! My car is barely worth 5k!
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Not necessarilly, the most common problem is the condensor. It is a heat exchanger, just like the radiator in fact it's mounted in front of the radiator and it looks like a second radiator. They often get hit by little rocks on the highway and then leak, Compressors usually don't fail

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Honda compressors fail often enough.

Ask anyone with a 2002 to 2007 CRV. These are the worst by far as they have catastrophic blow ups.

The only way to know is to have someone who knows what they are doing put gauges on it, watch and record pressures. Recover the refrigerant to see if it was low, if it was, find a leak, repair the leak and recharge to see if it works.

If there is no leak, and the pressures are off, it can be any number of things, from a bad cooling fan, restricted airflow across the condenser, bad hose, bad expansion valve or bad compressor. A bad compressor could be a broken reed valve, worn scroll, etc.

Or worse, someone has DIY'd it and added sealer, too much dye or oil or some kind of "blend" refrigerant into the system.

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I need to replace the condenser on my 2004 Exec Accord Tourer, but I'm told there are two possible models, with different part numbers. I'm going to use an experienced mechanic to do the work, but he wants me to order in the correct part first. Since the condenser is buried in front of the radiator it's impossible to get a proper look at it. All I can see are the numbers stamped on top of it by the original Japanese manufacturer, but htese bear nor elation to the part numbers I am now being offered.
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There were 2 different engines available for that car, the 2.0 and the 2.2. I'm guessing that's why you're seeing 2 different condensers.

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Wherever you're buying them from, check their return policy. If it allows for return of unused parts, buy both and return the one that is not used.

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