Road Trip for battery?

Discussion in 'Honda Hybrids' started by Mendel Leisk, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 2010 Prius (CAN Touring) Staff Member

    Thanks for the info. I'll ask my son how often this is happening. Still, we're getting disheartened about this car. I had the front bumper off recently for a repair, and see the air conditioning condenser (ac radiator, think that's the right name) is crumbling, just coming apart.
  2. S Keith

    S Keith Well-Known Member

    You have the name correct. Condensers and radiators are vulnerable to corrosion. The fins go first. If your climate is cold, and the car is exposed to salted roads, this is going to happen on any car.

    I have two, so I understand your frustration. I had to replace the AC compressor. The dealer wanted $2000. I installed a salvage unit myself for about $350 total including new tool purchases.
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  3. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 2010 Prius (CAN Touring) Staff Member

    Yeah I see what I believe is the right condensor on Amazon, for around $100, but I'm intimidated by opening up the AC, would likely leave it to the pros, who'd (hopefully) recover the old refrigerant too. Dealership wanted $489 for the kosher Honda condensor, and $323 labour. Not sure if they'd install an aftermarket one, maybe.

    At any rate, after discussion with the car's legal owner (my son, lol), I just buttoned everything up gently. There's no leakage, and hopefully it'll just slowly continue to shed fins but the coolant passages will stay intact.

    Here's how it looks:


    Note whole bottom row has dropped down.
  4. S Keith

    S Keith Well-Known Member

    They likely will hold together for a while. the passages are much thicker than the fins and they tend to leak at the ends where they join the vertical passages. You don't appear to have much issue there.

    As horrible as it looks, you've probably only lost about 5% of the heat transfer capacity.

    Before you give up, I would encourage you to check with a local A/C shop that knows hybrids. The install isn't more than 1.5-2 hr labor and they could reclaim the refrigerant on equipment that doesn't mix it with other non-hybrid cars. You'd need another $100 in magic Honda compressor oil.

    I expect you could get a quality replacement for about 1/2 of what the dealership would charge.
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  5. S Keith

    S Keith Well-Known Member

    Hi Paul. You are aware that this car does not have an alternator, right?
    You are aware that these cars normally do not start off a 12V driving starter but are spun up with the IMA motor, right?
    You are aware that these cars experience a myriad of other issues when their 12V is having an issue, right?

    As someone who lists their occupation as being in the "Auto Repair," I think you should offer PERTINENT advice rather than general crap.

    Based on your series of posts today, it would seem you prefer to just engage in topic-adjacent copy and paste. Please make your contributions meaningful.
  6. Rocki

    Rocki Member

    Hi Mendel,
    This thread is chock full of good information on HCH-II too. Thanks.
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