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Mines just done this today how hard is it to change the relay and where can i get one from? Think i might try this first with a re gas.

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Easy to change mate just pull out with a pair of plyers, got mine from the local stealers £24...
 

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Have it set on auto please, for your car`s best sake :D
There is so little fuel to save and it is not worth getting a new AC compressor because of a tiny fuel saved, when you set in on auto the car will use the AC when needed it self, even in the winter, and AC is even more important in the winter than summer, in the summer it has more of a comfort job to do, but in the winter it helps remove condensation from the windows much faster and it transports out the nasty water you are taking with you in the car because of snow, slush, salty water etc.

Btw If they have to remove the bumpers they are properly armatures, at least that was what the AC guys called Honda when I asked them if they had to remove the bumper (since Honda had told me they had to), they did a great job without removing the bumper when they changed the condenser on my car.

EDIT: Why try anything before getting it checked? a Regass cost quite some (at least in Norway 140£), as I stated previous they took a tiny charge to "sniff" the leak on my car, it is worth spending 10-20 bucks for a check and than regass or change part depending on what the problem is.
 

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Got in my car this morning an AC ran cold? Spoke with Honda about updating relay and mine has already been done. Will see what happens over the next few days and if stops again will take to a specialist
 

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Hot day yesterday and guess what no cold AC so need to get booked in with a specialist when I get back from holiday

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In the Civic handbook it recommends hosing the condenser once a year, after winter.The condenser protects the radiator but needs to be looked after.
 

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I've been following this thread with interest.

My A/C has not been right for close to 8 months. It didn't really bother me too much until the weather started heating up.

Honda dealer had it in (I requested a re-gas) and told me it was working fine so they could not do anything. I insisted they re-gas it which they reluctantly did.

It's been fine since then (3 weeks).

It's a 58 plate and has never been re-gassed so maybe that is all it was??
 

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I do not remember the source, but it was rather trustworthy, some Honda`s are supposedly leaking more A/C gass than the average brands, some car brands can have cold air blowing after 5-10 years without service, but our Civics should need re-gass after 1-2 years for optimal operations, yes it very well could blow a little cold air much longer, but the chance it is empty or at a reduced operation is somewhat "big".
 

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I do not remember the source, but it was rather trustworthy, some Honda`s are supposedly leaking more A/C gass than the average brands, some car brands can have cold air blowing after 5-10 years without service, but our Civics should need re-gass after 1-2 years for optimal operations, yes it very well could blow a little cold air much longer, but the chance it is empty or at a reduced operation is somewhat "big".
I've had my Accord for 7 years and had the system 'topped-up' twice and a third one is now needed. My friends older (2003) Audi A6 has never been topped-up and works fine.
 

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Had my ac regasseed at the dealers which was due for mot and service theac wasnt blowing cold air turn out the relay was faulty
 

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Just an update.

I had my condenser replaced today by a mobile auto air conditioning specialist. Total cost including parts, labour, re-gas & test was £250+VAT, which was considerably cheaper than the £600 Honda quoted!!

He had to take the front bumper off to get the unit out and in. You could visibly see where the dye had been leaking out of the old one. It had become porous, which was the same conclusion Honda had come to. The job took about 1.5 hours.

Thanks all for your help. Happy to have ice cold A/C again:D
 

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took mine in today to be told they will be recalled very soon as they have faulty condenser units in all honda models. But replacement will be covered under warranty
 
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