Question about 1997 Honda Civic
MY AIR CONDITIONING IS BARELY BLOWING SEMI-COOL AIR. HAD IT CHECKED AND WAS TOLD IT'S WORKING AS WELL AS IT CAN. NO LEAKS, NOTHING WRONG, JUST AN OLD CAR. ONLY 78K MILES ON IT. TO GET ANY POWER WHEN ACCELERATING, HAVE TO TURN THE AIR CONDITIONING OFF COMPLETELY.
Reguardless of how old the car is should make no difference as too how cold the AC is blowing. I have a 1997 Honda Civic with 215,000 miles on it and it still runs great, so yours is just barely broken in :) Maybe you need some refrigerant (R-134) added to make it colder? As to the power issue of the car, all air conditioners take appoximately 5-10 horsepower away from a cars engine when turned on. Have you ever had your spark plugs changed? That is usually cheap $10 - $20 if you do it yourself or probably $50 - $75 if you take it to a mechanic, and it makes a big difference in power. ( Make sure they use NGK spark plugs, that is what Honda uses) Also, on your other post about the timing belt which YES you do have a timing belt and not a chain, I have always been told to change the timing belt AND WATER PUMP at every 90,000 miles. The water pump should be changed because if it locks up it will break the new belt they just put on and then the damage I talk about later will happen to the engine. That should cost you around $250 - $400 depending on where you take it? preferably a Honda dealer because it may cost a little more but they know their stuff. It is important to change it because if it breaks it will cause your valves in the engine to get bent and then you will basically need a new motor at that point. Lastly, if you want to find the year of your car then look inside the drivers side door frame, there will be a VIN number and a manufacture date. Well I am sure this is more than you ever wanted to know about your car but there you go:)
Posted on Oct 09, 2008
If the Aircon is off and the car runs great. I dont think the timing belt has some to do with the aircon.
Maybe your evaporator the one that cools needs cleaning or needs adding some refrigerant. My 97 civic chills like winter. I clean my evaporator once a year. You just have to check the timing and the plugs if you dont have good acceleration.
Posted on Nov 08, 2008
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