I have a 1999 Honda Civic with 172,000 miles on it.
It has been mostly sitting in a parking lot for the past year. I got home every 2 - 3 months and drove it for a few days to a week, then let it sit again.
- When I got back last month, the a/c was gone. (It had been getting worse over the last few years, but it still worked well last summer, just was slower to cool the car.) After driving it for a few weeks and keeping it on for the airflow, it started blowing a little cold air, but not enough to cool the car in 95 - 100 degree heat. I had it checked at two places, and both say I need a new compressor. I’m told it has a hole, a leak. Someone told me that if the a/c works at all, you can recharge (if I have the right word) it and the a/c will work again, at least for a while. I’m planning to get a new car by October, so I don’t want to pay $800 for a new compressor for a 12+ year old car. The repair place says charging it could work for a day or for a while. All I really need is 2-3 months. I doubt the hole just got there - surely it was developing for a while. Anyone know what my chances are of making do with a charge or recharge for 2 or 3 months?
Inspection is due this month. Since small, gas-efficient cars are scarce right now, I figured I could have it inspected and it would be cheaper to pay for minor repairs than to rent a car for a few months until I can buy a new one. Which leads me to …
- They tell me my ball joints are shot. Now when I had it inspected (elsewhere) last year, they said nothing needed fixing. I asked if anything looked like it might need fixing or replacing down the line, and they said no. Again, the car has barely been driven this year, less than 5,000 miles and probably less than 1,000 miles. So I’m wondering how ball joints could go from “fine” to “shot” in a year? Any thoughts?