really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
80,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2008 Honda Civic AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #1

May 012012

Civic Ex Sedan 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles


under the hood everything is working fine. inside the car ac only blow cool air between 61-75 degree F( ac cycling), not cold air. I have been suffering headache,hard to breath, and fainting while driving with ac on, many times i almost fell , off balance while walking around after driving with ac on,the symptoms lasted few hours after driving. at first i thought my health was going down the hill. on July 30th, a TIF 5000 freon detector was used to check the blowing ac air with closed air circulation(no outside air permitted) inside the car, the detector picked up large quantity of freon(R134a) existence in the blowing cool air with loud beeping sound when the ac air circulation was at the lowest temperature around 61 degrees and no freon was detected in the ac air when air temp. was around 75 degrees. the only possible cause was there was a leak within the evaporation system, may be it is a defective expansion valve on the high side system or the evaporator coil itself leaks.

this freon leak could be very dangerous as the freon is poisonous and causes blurred vision, difficult in breathing and sudden heart attack seizure if inhaled substantially in a closed air environment. eventually car accidents may occur due to impaired drivers suddenly lost control of the vehicles.

anyone finds his car not blowing cold air while ac is running should immediately wind down the car windows while driving to avoid possible freon poisoning or stop using the ac and use the outside air circulation. your car might have a slow leak in the evaporation system on the high side because it leaks only when high pressure is engaged. you or your mechanic may be unaware of this insignificant ac air flaw.

i am angry and disappointed with Honda automobile quality now. i had a civic crx, civic lx sedan,accord lx before, they had no such issues.

automobiles ac system should last awhile, a least a few usage years without any repair. i live in Virginia, 3 months of summer, the only time car ac is used. my 2008 civic ac had only being used for 5 summers and a total 15 months usage.

my 1995 isuzu trooper ac had only one condenser replacement in 2012 due to exterior corrosion that is under the hood, harsh outside environment, evaporation system is still in good condition. i am still driving the car. my wife drives a 2005 toyota sienna lx awd, last year we only replaced the ac clutch and the ac is still blowing very cold air.

Honda should look into their ac system design seriously. Not until every driver quits its automobiles.

Thanks for being patient reading this article.

- , Woodbridge, VA, USA

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