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The air-conditioning in my 2013 Honda CRV went out about a year ago. It started going out intermittently, and then it died altogether. I’ve bought the compressor, the condenser, and the expansion valve to replace.

However, when I hook the gauges to the low and high pressure ports, they show zero pressure in lines. If I crank the car up turn the AC on, the clutch doesn’t spin or engage. With the car turned off, I can’t spin the clutch by hand either.

If I try to add refrigerant, the pressure gauge on the bottle never gets off zero. I added the dye to try to find a leak, but I don’t see one. What is going on?

Before I spend all the time and money replacing everything, I’d like to understand what is actually broken.

  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! Have you tried to draw a vacuum on the system yet? – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 May 8 at 1:14
  • Thanks! I have not. – Justin Goethe May 8 at 12:49
  • Why are you adding refrigerant to a dead locked up compressor?, more than likely all the refrigerant leaked out. – Moab May 8 at 22:08
  • Yep. You’re right. I figured it out. The compressor flew apart. I swapped it it and it went back to running. – Justin Goethe May 9 at 23:47

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