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#3444478 - 08/03/14 07:53 AM Leaking AC compressor life....
gregk24 Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 4460
Loc: FL, USA
The AC compressor on the Accord in my sig is leaking oil/freon. I noticed this the other day when I was underneath the car and saw oil on the oil pan, then realized it was flinging off of the AC compressor. I took it in the my mechanic to get their opinion on where the oil was coming from and they did confirm it was leaking from the compressor, he said that it will need a new one but just to run this one until it stops working. As of now the air still blows cold. Has anyone had a leaking compressor before, and if so about how long should I expect this one to last? I will need to save up to get this fixed. Not even sure how much it will be but I know its pricey. Thanks!
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#3444487 - 08/03/14 08:01 AM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: gregk24]
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Registered: 08/02/14
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My old Volvo leaked. I think it would leak out in about 2 weeks. As for killing it even after 4 years it didn't die. To be honest tho I stopped putting freon in it long before that.

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#3444488 - 08/03/14 08:02 AM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: gregk24]
Charlie1935 Offline


Registered: 05/18/08
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Loc: DuQuoin, Illinois
Some where between 5 minutes and 5 years is my guess.
Seriously, no telling.
Probably be cheaper to replace before it fails completely and sends pieces through the system which could involve replacing more parts.
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#3444505 - 08/03/14 08:28 AM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: gregk24]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
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Loc: apple valley, ca
replace it now. if you wait and it burns up due to no oil it will get real expensive once it contaminates the whole system.it only holds about 5 oz of oil so any visible oil is bad
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#3444516 - 08/03/14 08:40 AM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: gregk24]
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Registered: 07/16/11
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I would fix it now, if it locks up the black death will spread throughout the whole system and it will cost a lot more to repair.

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#3444530 - 08/03/14 08:53 AM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: gregk24]
Cujet Offline


Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 5617
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
My Sanden compressor on my Jaguar X-Type has been leaking for the last 5 years. I need to top it off every summer now. Still blows cold here in South Florida.

You can probably get a name brand, exactly the same, replacement compressor on eeeebay for 1/4 the price a dealer would charge. It may not have the Honda tag on it, but it will be made by the OEM that provides the units to Honda and will perform/last the same.

The Chinese ones are to be avoided.
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#3444583 - 08/03/14 09:59 AM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: gregk24]
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 8770
Loc: Buffalo, NY
If it does stop blowing cold (lost it's charge), I'd pull the a/c compressor clutch relay to keep it from trying to cycle.

Then get the a/c work done when you can.
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#3444590 - 08/03/14 10:07 AM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: gregk24]
hsd Offline


Registered: 09/05/09
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Loc: NE
My 2000 Accords compressor leaked for a couple of years before needing a can of refrigerant. That was two years ago and it was still working fine when I sold it earlier this year, so they can run a long time or they may fail quickly.
I would follow your mechanics advice and run it till it dies. The freon will likely leak out and shut down the compressor on low pressure before it breaks mechanically.

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#3444624 - 08/03/14 10:49 AM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: Cujet]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
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Loc: apple valley, ca
Originally Posted By: Cujet
My Sanden compressor on my Jaguar X-Type has been leaking for the last 5 years. I need to top it off every summer now. Still blows cold here in South Florida.
is it leaking visible oil like the op's?
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#3444668 - 08/03/14 11:56 AM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: gregk24]
Silverado12 Offline


Registered: 02/26/13
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Loc: Central Virginia
FWIW I've had a compressor come apart (internals knocked a hole in the case). If me I would have it replaced.
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#3444888 - 08/03/14 04:59 PM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: Chris142]
Cujet Offline


Registered: 02/15/03
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Loc: Jupiter, Florida
Originally Posted By: Chris142
Originally Posted By: Cujet
My Sanden compressor on my Jaguar X-Type has been leaking for the last 5 years. I need to top it off every summer now. Still blows cold here in South Florida.
is it leaking visible oil like the op's?


Yes, there is always green oil on the bottom of the compressor. It's not a huge oil leak, but it does exist.

It takes about 1/2 can per year.
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#3444967 - 08/03/14 06:36 PM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: gregk24]
Fleetmon Offline


Registered: 01/26/12
Posts: 1073
Loc: Pa
A friend had his compressor deemed bad/leaking by his Ford dealer....I checked it over and it needed the AC control valve (rear of compressor) and vacuum/recharge system. It works fine to this day and no leaks. I think the green drip coming off the compressor was from the "technician" disconnecting his gauges.
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#3445019 - 08/03/14 07:39 PM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: gregk24]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 8187
Loc: Florida
When the compressor fails, you will always be required to flush out the system, replace the drier/accumulator and the expansion valve/orifice tube anyway, so I would just keep using the compressor until it is completely dead.
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#3445246 - 08/03/14 11:43 PM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: gregk24]
gregk24 Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
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Loc: FL, USA
Here is a question, if its just a slow leak...would it be smart to have the system "recharged"? And is a recharge just an extraction of old fluid and a fill with new fluid?
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#3445254 - 08/03/14 11:58 PM Re: Leaking AC compressor life.... [Re: gregk24]
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Registered: 02/19/13
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Originally Posted By: gregk24
Here is a question, if its just a slow leak...would it be smart to have the system "recharged"? And is a recharge just an extraction of old fluid and a fill with new fluid?

You can recharge it yourself with a kit from the auto parts store, now that is about as simple as pumping gas
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