Porsche Cayman Condenser Replacement


Porsche Cayman, Boxster and 911 Condenser Replacement.


If the air conditioning system on your rear engined Porsche has a leak then it is most likely one or both of the condensers at fault. Most vehicles have a single condenser located at the very front of the car just behind the bumper. Due to the sleek design of the Cayman and other rear engined Porsche models it was necessary to have twin condensers - one on either side just below the headlights. It is extremely difficult to diagnose a leak in one of these units without removing the bumper unless it happens to be leaking right at the bottom. As you can see from the cut away picture below there is a plastic shroud in front of the condenser which makes it impossible to inspect thoroughly without disassembly.

Porsche Cayman Condenser

A leak in a condenser can often be spotted with a simple visual inspection as oil from the A/C system stains the area around the point of failure. The two condensers pictured below were taken from a four year old Porsche Cayman and the one on the right had already been diagnosed as leaking by a main dealer. You can clearly see the oil stain circled in yellow. After removing the front bumper and plastic covers it became obvious that the other unit was also leaking - this time at the top where it is also circled in yellow.

Leaking Porsche Condensers

Unfortunately the condensers are unlikely to be covered by your Porsche warranty as they are usually damaged by stones or debris hitting them - just as a smashed foglight would not be covered if it had been hit by a stone on the motorway. We regularly hear from worried customers who have been quoted in the region of £800 to £900 to have these replaced. Mister Cool can supply and fit one Porsche Cayman / Boxster / 911 condenser for £250 or both units for £350. This price includes fitting a new drier which is always recommended when the air con system has been leaking. Please note we Strongly Recommend changing both condensers as if one is leaking then usually the other one will either be leaking or will be nearing the end of its serviceable life.

Our guide on how to change the condensers on a rear engined Porsche shows the steps we follow when carrying out this repair.

If you have a rear engined Porsche in need of an air conditioning repair please contact us now for a friendly, no obligation chat.

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