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A/C not working; hole in condenser !

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Hello ,
No more A / C.
After examining the condenser from the front of the car, I noticed a hole in the condenser.
I see two cracks, it must be the cause of gas loss. What do you think ?

The 2 cracks appear 1/8 or 3/16 inch deep.

Thank you for your help.


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Yep. That looks like the other damage photos where Honda determines the damage is the result of 'road debris'.

The cooling fins are really bent in that area. Did you hit something big?
 
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Yep. That looks like the other damage photos where Honda determines the damage is the result of 'road debris'.

The cooling fins are really bent in that area. Did you hit something big?

Yes it look "road debris".
Hit something big ? I don't know It is my wife car. She did not remember anything.
We sometimes receive rock on our car.

I'll go to my dealer monday for estimate.
I'll go to A/C car shop I know for second opinion.


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See, this is the kind of thing the dealer needs to show before they randomly go and start replacing A/C parts at your expense. At a miniumum, they could show you were the dye is leaking since the damage usually isn't that obvious.
 
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First estimate today ( by phone ) at a my small town A/C car shop : $400 CND ( $300 US )
All include.

I'll look to put a metal screen mesh in front of condenser of our two Civic.
I have this one in stock. I could buy a better one if needed.

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First estimate today ( by phone ) at a my small town A/C car shop : $400 CND ( $300 US )
All include.

I'll look to put a metal screen mesh in front of condenser of our two Civic.
I have this one in stock. I could buy a better one if needed.

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300 for a new condenser? Honda quoted me 1100. Wow, they're living up to that 'stealership' reputation.
 
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I'll go to my Honda dealer monday. I'll report the estimate.

I never go to Honda dealer for service. Too expensive.
I always go to my small town mechanic. I don't want to pay for nice show room and coffee machine
 
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Today I look more carefully with a flashlight close to the "hole" and the "cracks" are only some dirt I remove with a finger.
IMO, it is only heat dissipation wings that would be broken.
 
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Use uv dye to determine leak

Thank you, I don't have this tool and I don't want to fix myself.
Honda give a 10 years warranty extension on condenser. I'll go to my dealer tomorrow .
 

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