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justinsbg, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Honda
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Experience:  ASE certified in Brakes, Electrical, HVAC, and Engine Performance. Currently a lead diagnostic Technician.
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I have a 2002 Honda Civic LX. The AC clutch will not stay

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I have a 2002 Honda Civic LX. The AC clutch will not stay engaged after about 5 minutes. I have swapped relays with no correction of the problem. The control sifnal is getting to the relay. Could the clutch be bad?
JA: How many miles are on the clutch? Has it been slipping or sticking?
Customer: I meter +12V on pin 1 of the relay (from the fuse I believe) and then a ground on pin 2 ( through the clutch I suppose)
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: The car has 295K miles and may be original, lol
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: Not that I can think of. I try to fix what I can myself. If the compressor needs replaced due to the clutch, I don't have equipment for that.
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  justinsbg replied 4 months ago.


My name is ***** ***** I would be happy to help. Reminder, I have not been paid at this point and won't be until I receive a positive rating from you. At that point I will receive a portion of what you've already paid Just Answer.

I have been servicing only Honda/Acura vehicles for nearly 10 years so I know the brand well. If there is battery power at the Blue/Red wire at the compressor 3 pin connector when the engine is running and a/c switch is ON and the compressor isn't working this typically means the field coil has failed. Replacing the field coil is what you'll need to do. I will post a picture of the field coil on the compressor as well as a link to view the factory part, part number, and pricing. If you have any more questions about this job just let me know.

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