Heating Up Honda Dashboard Vents

Dec. 5, 2022

This bulletin applies to 2013 Honda Fit vehicles equipped with A/C. If the left dashboard side vent is warmer than the right side vent with the A/C on chances are the evaporator core isn’t being flooded with enough liquid refrigerant, causing it to fully vaporize halfway through the core.

This bulletin applies to 2013 Honda Fit vehicles equipped with A/C. If the left dashboard side vent is warmer than the right side vent with the A/C on chances are the evaporator core isn’t being flooded with enough liquid refrigerant, causing it to fully vaporize halfway through the core. As a result, the side of the core with some refrigerant (the right duct) stays cold, while the side that’s fully vaporized (driver’s duct) is warmer by about 20 degrees F or more.

The most likely cause for this problem is a low refrigerant charge, possibly due to a leak. Another culprit might be a restricted line or component that’s cutting the flow of liquid refrigerant.

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Mike Mavrigian | Motor Age Editor

Mike Mavrigian has written thousands of automotive technical magazine articles involving a variety of  specialties, from engine building to wheel alignment, and has authored more than a dozen books that crisscross the automotive spectrum. Mike operates Birchwood Automotive, an Ohio shop that builds custom engines and performs vintage vehicle restorations. The shop also features a professional photo studio to document projects and to create images for articles and books.

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