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Resurrecting a perennial topic for this board and seeking some advice: I recently purchased an '05 CR-V that has an inoperable A/C system, and am looking to save some cash sourcing and components myself. My mechanic quoted $778 for just OEM compressor w/ clutch and condenser alone, and after some research here and elsewhere online it seems replacing all the components in the system is the way to go, to avoid ongoing repairs down the road.

Anyone have experience with this kit? I found a thread re: AC repair from last year from @Comptonlife, and am curious to hear about their experience, and if any others have explored this option.

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Also, I'm not certain if my mechanic here in upstate NY has overhauled AC systems in 2nd-gen CR-Vs before, and I'm considering seeking a specialist so the job gets done right. They're a great mechanic and extremely transparent & honest about the work, but this is a delicate repair.

Thanks in advance everyone.
 

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Black Death (where the compressor imploded, sending shrapnel throughout the system) only happened on Gen2 Vs up to ~ mid 2004 model year. So any common routine repair should be OK...just fix whatever is broken/leaking.

Suggest having a shop pressurize the system, seeing if it holds pressure. Inspect the condenser behind the front bumper, these often are damaged by road debris.

If you evacuate & recharge the system, put some UV dye in it in case it leaks again.
 

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Just to add some more detail here: after his initial inspection of the car, my mechanic reported that the compressor is dead, and that Honda recommends replacing the condenser as well, as it "cannot be thoroughly flushed of debris and contaminants".
 

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We need specifics on the technical term, DEAD. :rolleyes:

If you have contaminants, flushing the entire system is warranted (which is what Honda did when older Gen2s suffered from Black Death.

If it is just worn (or, has a bad compressor clutch), that is the only thing that needs replacement. (Long as that the system is tested, as I mentioned above).

Here is a video on A/C troubleshooting. Conveniently, the Element is very similar to the Gen2 CR-V.

 

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I think the moral of this story so far is source parts myself, and not through my mechanic. And maybe also find a new mechanic.
 

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I think the moral of this story so far is source parts myself, and not through my mechanic. And maybe also find a new mechanic.
Worth bearing in mind that in UK we only need A/c for about 3 days a year so worth taking a punt on 3rd party. If you really rely heavily on it then may be worth going OEM with compressor. The original on mine lasted 14 years before self destructing....
 

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The Hudson Valley in NY gets pretty hot in summertime, and I'd rather not be sweaty before my job in a fancy restaurant, so a sturdy A/C system is essential! My V is black also, and gets quite warm while parked regardless.
 

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Just saw this post and alert since I was mentioned. Sorry for the late reply as I have been busy. I did initially consider the buyautoparts kit but not the exact one you linked. The one I looked at included some more premium parts iirc and cost around $550 at the time I was researching.
 
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