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MASTER TECH, Honda Service Technician
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Air conditioner..the car loses power..starts shaking..screeching noise

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When I turn my air conditioner on, the car loses power and starts shaking. It also makes a terrible screeching noise.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 7 years ago.
HiCustomer Thank you for asking your question on JustAnswer. The other Experts and I are working on your answer. By the way, it would help us to know:

-What year is your Honda?
-What model is your Honda?
-How many miles are on your Honda?
-What type of engine is in your Honda?
-What have you already tried?

Thank you again for trusting us with your problem. Please reply as soon as possible so that we can finish answering your question.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Civic DX
four cylinder
I haven't tried anything because we just discovered the problem. Thank you.
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 7 years ago.

ok the motor is running fine then or does it has a slight rough idle ?

can you tell me the last time the tune up has been done and the valves adjusted?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Perhaps a slight rough idle. Last tune up was 02/24/09. The air conditioning condenser was also replaced and they did an evacuate, recharge and refrigerant recovery. We always have all the scheduled tune ups.
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 7 years ago.

ok this noise only happens when the a/c is used or all the time ?

what this a honda a/c or done at a out side shop with after market parts.


Customer: replied 7 years ago.
The noise is only when the a/c is on. The work was done at an outside shop. The car got in a wreck in February and everything was supposed to be fixed perfectly. Thank you.
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 7 years ago.

ok then i the best advice i can offer you today is to try and isolate the noise and it maybe a a/c clutch or the compressor is failing. and since this is causing the engine to strain its a very strong indication of a a/c failure. in the a/s compressor assy.

can you see if the a/c belt is tight and not loose ? that might lead to the load noise heard,if the belt is tight then you need to return the car back to the shop so they can correct the problem.

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