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1998 Honda Civic AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 292002


  • miles


Dealer stated that A/C system needed to be totally replaced. Stated that car had "black death".. when I called other Honda dealer, they stated that they were aware of a number of these instances, and that 1998 Civic needed the entire A/C system replaced in many cars that they have seen.. also, my roommate, with a 1999 Civic, had to replace her A/C unit last year also.. and with considerably less miles at the time.. when I described my symtoms, she said it was exactly what happened to her car also.. called Honda customer relations line.. was told that "I needed to take responsibility for repair".. if it is happening to my car, and my roommates car, isnt it happening to other Civics too? I also am a repeat Honda owner, and got 200,000 miles of wear out of my last Civic with very minimal repair....I feel that Honda should recall this problem.. and that it might be something affecting those of us with Civics in the southern parts of the country.. marc libby.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #5

Oct 132001


  • miles
I was driving my Honda Civic from fort worth, Texas to New Mexico on a trip when I heard a strange noise. Soon after I noticed my air conditioner was not blowing cold air anymore. When my mechanic looked at it, he said the compressor had exploded and had a large hole in it. I think this is a safety hazard because when the compressor explodes it is sending shrapnel into the engine compartment. Could the refrigerant catch fire? I found two reports of 1998 Honda Civics with exploding compressors at the NHTSA website and none for any other make. When I contacted Honda, they said tough luck, you should have been a good customer and bought an extended warranty.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #4

May 182002


  • miles
I was driving and I had on the a.C. on low. I heard a loud poof sound then I saw a cloud of smoke come from behind my car. I stopped and found little pieces laying on the ground at the point I heard the noise. Until then I had no warning noices, just the poof. Then my car started blowing hot air. I went and had my a.C. checked, and I was told my compressor completely blew off. Now I need to replace my whole a.C. in a car thats just barely over four years old.

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #3

Dec 012001


  • miles


My A/C unit has gone out on my car with an estimate of the repair to cost $1000. Although my car has high miles, I've taken good care of the car and the A/C unit has hardly been used. I've contacted Honda to no avail. Numerous other parts have failed. Those repairs were done either under warranty or goodwill.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 032001


  • miles
While driving air conditioner started making noise, and then stopped cooling completely. Problem was making vehicle runs roughly. Contacted dealer, and dealer stated that compressor had exploded and shot pieces of metal into the air conditioner system.

- Glen Ross, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 011998


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Air conditioner failed.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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