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2006 Acura TSX with 142k and some change. AC compressor kicks on but only blows cold air when around 1500rpm or higher. When it is blowing cold air only the passenger said blows cold. Heater works fine and the pressure in the system seems ok as well. still no fix to this issue. I think it might be the compressor considering it only blows cold air when accelerating.
it could be your blend door or a completely broken vacuum line since they mix hot air with cold usually by a vacuum actuator, i have an 06 6spd, ill look up how the vents and blend doors in the duct work are actuated for you
 

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I am having the same issue again!!!

June 2014 - replaced a/c compressor $1400

March 2016 - replaced a/c compressor $940 (idk why it's much cheaper than the first time)

September 2017 - a/c condenser, compressor, expansino(?) valve, valve core, flushed the evaporator, replaced evaporate temp sensor, replaced all ring gaskets, all struts, front brakes [struts & brakes 1040] TOTAL $2300

July 2020 - While driving to work hot air came out. I smelled something burning and my car was making an unusual noise. Took it to a mechanic to make sure it was safe to drive back home at a nearby shop. The mechanic said it was the a/c compressor, but he would have to do more diagnostic testing to see how much more damage there is.

My question is is this worth getting fixed or should I look into buying a new car? It's a 2006 with the mileage @ 275,500+. The engine works great and no major problems other than this recurring issue. I had to change my clutch at 103K miles, new tires, brake pads, and replace ball joint and control arm.

I love this car! I was hoping to get at least another 2-5 years of it......

Thanks!
 

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AC started to blow hot at approx 160k miles

I replaced the compressor only not the condenser etc (I ordered a cheap new one from rock auto), and refilled the R134 using a harbor freight vacuum pump. It has worked great since, 7 months and 12k miles so far.

Jim
 

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2005--ours hasn't failed but it must have a slow leak in it, as I had to add some R134a to get the pressure to be in spec and make it cold again. I think it's an o-ring at the bottom of the condenser, as there is just a little of the yellow UV dye around that fitting. I can't find any other leaks so far, but haven't been able to get at every single connection in the system. I would try replacing that o-ring but don't have a way to recover the R134a and don't want to vent it into the atmosphere or buy a recovery system just for one repair.
 

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Not sure if I ever replied to this thread, but yeah, the AC in my 2007 TSX stopped working and I needed a new compressor last year. That was July 2019, at around 153,000 miles. I got this car used and am the third owner so I don't know if it'd ever been replaced before, but 12 years for a car's AC compressor doesn't sound too unusual to me.
 

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Are these failures the actual compressor, or the clutch coil? A common failure point in the third-gen CR-Vs (which use a similar K24 engine) is the coil that activates the AC compressor clutch. It weakens, it overloads the system (sometimes taking out the AC clutch relay with it), and fails. The coil can be replaced but, in both of our '09s, I opted to have a dealer replace the compressors. The compressor on the TSX seems fine but following up on my last post, I found a receipt saying the condenser coil was found to have a very slow leak. I may check that over again to see if that's the case and, next time it's low, I'll replace the condenser and o-rings...and keep my fingers crossed the compressor still keeps working. (Or maybe as a pre-emptive repair, I may just replace it while the condenser is out and the system is open).
 

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Are these failures the actual compressor, or the clutch coil? A common failure point in the third-gen CR-Vs (which use a similar K24 engine) is the coil that activates the AC compressor clutch.
I didn't do this repair myself so I can't say - I just know that the AC stopped blowing cold but the fan still ran, replacing the compressor fixed the problem, and that an AC compressor is just one of those wear-and-tear items that tend to fail some time around 7-10 years of use, like an alternator. I would guess in my case, frequent short trips put me on the shorter end of these types of "wear and tear" scenarios.
 

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I just know that the AC stopped blowing cold but the fan still ran ......
In my case it was sudden--we'd stopped for lunch, ate in the car (the Subway was a bit sketchy), and once we pulled back onto the road I noticed it was blowing warm. I turned it off and back on, and the AC returned for about a minute before it quit completely. This was just outside Sioux Falls SD with the temps in the mid 90s. It was a sticky few days until we could rearrange the trip to stay overnight in Salt Lake City and get it fixed. It's usually recommended to replace the compressor anyways when this happens, since it's the same amount of labor. And as I reasoned at the time, I'd rather start off with a fresh compressor and not have to worry about it failing a year later and paying the same amount for labor again. Our other CR-V failed several months later--same problem. And yes, they were both around the 8-9 year mark.

Even in other Hondas, there are issues where the AC gets intermittent or fails suddenly (it's happening in our '04 Civic now, which could also be a worn clutch, but that one has 240k miles on it), as opposed to the system losing its charge and not blowing as warm, or a bearing in the compressor that starts howling when it's worn, or a lack of lubrication causing the innards to seize. There was also the premature "black death" failure in early 2nd-gen CR-Vs where the innards of the compressor failed and shards of metal went throughout the system, meaning that everything had to be replaced (condenser, evaporator, all the lines, etc., since it was impossible to flush the system to clear away all the shards).

My question was more out of curiosity than anything else... ;)
 

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Acura 2006 TSX 6MT. AC Compressor blew at 130,000 miles and in 2021.

If you have had your AC compressor go out, post here and include the following:
Year of your TSX
Approximate miles when AC failed (if you remember)
And include any other info you feel relevant

The more data we can gather about this, the better!
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Acura 2006 TSX 6MT. AC Compressor blew at 130,000 miles and in 2021.

If you have had your AC compressor go out, post here and include the following:
Year of your TSX
Approximate miles when AC failed (if you remember)
And include any other info you feel relevant

The more data we can gather about this, the better!
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2006 Acura TSX 6MT
June 2014 ??? mileage (documented in 2010 having 103k and I average 22k-25k/year)
March 2016 ??? mileage
September 2017 ??? mileage
July 2020 ??? mileage
Aug 2021 289, 200 miles

If it breaks again, I'm not going to fix it anymore. Currently I have 292,000 miles as of Sept 2021.
 
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