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I've been having a nightmare with my Type S CDTI recently. Was involved in some slight front end damage not long ago, insurance got involved and it was taken to a garage for the work to be done, mostly cosmetic (front grill, headlight, fog lamp and the bonnet bars dent). Anyway its been back to couple of times cuz I've not been happy with the repairs, and they kindly returned it to me with a large (albeit not deep) scratch down the left side.

Anyway, only when they gave it back to me the second time I realized the air conditioning had also stopped working, whereas before I handed it over to them it was working perfectly. Naturally I take it back to the garage and complain, thinking maybe they knocked something whilst removing the bumper. They investigated the problem and ended up taking it Honda to check out (under instructions from the insurance company). Honda have said the air con clutch is seized and the whole pump unit will need replacing,(apparently you can't service the individual elements of the unit) - £560 worth of work. Now insurance are saying to me that this can happen at any time and is a common problem, so isn't related to the accident damage! I'm pretty ticked off now. Is this actually a common problem? And anyone know of any cheaper alternatives to paying Honda almost 600 quid?
 

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1. Ask Honda to tell you if the system is overgassed.
2. If so ask if this would seize the compressor.

My car would shake itself to bits after front end damaage where they replaced the matrix and regassed it at the body shop.
They blamed the problem on anything and everything except what they did.
I had my custom intercooler and bumper off and padded, strapped... to fix the noise they said was down to my work.

Turns out they overfilled the gas by 300%.
The power delivery through the engine was erratric as the malfunctioning compessor was killing the power.
whole car would shake as the compressor clutch was going nuts.
Went to Honda with it... diagnosed the problem in 1 minute.
[Top notch inchscape romford by the way ;) ]
 

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Cheers Relic, I will find out if they definitely did re-gas it, however I'm not getting any of those sympoms, the clutch simply doesn't engage now. I suppose it could be coincidence that this failed at the same time, so looking into buying a used air con pump/compressor unit. Are they a nightmare to fit? Not that I'm planning to do it myself but thinking about labor costs should I take it to a non-Honda garage if insurance are determined not to sort it out
 
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