Our 2010 Honda Civic AC fails after 10-15 minutes of driving with Freon smell just before failure.

Asked by Sep 21, 2016 at 02:57 PM about the 2010 Honda Civic DX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It starts cold and runs for 10-15 minutes of driving.  There is a freon smell
just before it fails. It blows warm air for 10-15 minutes then the smell of freon
returns and it blows cold again.  We had dye put in to trace leak but none
could be located.  Our garage replaced the compressor and recharged our
freon but the problem persists.  The garage explains they have no idea what
could be causing the problem, so we are out near $800 and the problem is
still there.  Anyone encounter a similar problem/solution?

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Have your receiver-drier replaced. It has a desiccant that absorbs excess moisture out of the system but also stores a little refrigerant in it as well. When it becomes clogged it will do things like that. They should of changed that out before recharging it.

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