I am not sure which pipe to put the Freon in on an 05 Accord. Is it the fat
one or the skinny one? The fat one appears to be connected to the
alternator and the skinny one to the radiator.
I think you are over your head on this. There are too many ways to go wrong
in recharging a car air conditioner made since about 1994 and several of
them can seriously damage the compressor. In Ye Olden Days of R-12
refrigerant I recharged lots of air conditioners with good results, but the
one time I went against the experts' advice and tried to charge a newer
R-134a system it took me to school. Now I do what I advise you to do: take
it to a professional. BTW - if your two year old car really needs more
refrigerant (I doubt it) something is wrong.
All the troubles of my friends and family with Hondas seem to be
associated with an oil change, usually at some fast lube joint, where
they snag a connector and unplug the AC compressor, or slice a hose or
belt, with a razor knife or box cutter, or, they sell the poor customer
on the idea of a 'engine flush'!
Hondas do NOT need an engine flush! They charge an extra $9,95 and pour
a pint of kerosene into the oil fill, run the engine for five minutes,
and then drain the oil.
At the least it caused sludge formation that required some disassembly
to fix, and in one case it scored the cam shaft! It does definitely
cause some oils to congeal into jello, we witnessed that!
Kerosene does NOT MEET SAE specification as an engine additive!
Slicing belts and hoses to then sell new ones plus install, all at
hugely inflated prices (quoted $49.99 !) can get them in trouble, like
with the BBB IF any one ever reports it!
Most folks just learn a lesson, and move on. The fast lube, Jiffy Lube,
and other cheaters just live on!
No one touches my Hondas or other vehicles, but me, or Courtesy Honda in
Lake Mary, Florida, because they have been absolutely marvelous to so
many of my friends and acquaintances.
At 60, having worked on motor vehicles since 1963, I never thought I
would ever state this about any service department or dealership, having
been (or almost been) shafted so many times, in so many places.
If you haven't been to school on automotive systems, and don't have
proper manuals, I really recommend you stick to doing simply
maintenance, and asking here, as you notice things, and taking the
advise of experienced technicians.
I have enve gotten some great advise here, that saved me $1982.00 in
May, for repairs to my CRV! Thank you, guys!
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