On investigation that was indeed the case with my car with one condenser showing dark patches over half the surface indicating where the gas/oil mixture had leaked.
|Porsche 911 996 air conditioning condenser failure|
The first step is to remove the front bumper, a fairly easy job with the removal of various screws in different positions around the front area.
Once the bumper is off the job is straightforward, remove the plastic air scoop housings in front of the radiators by undoing five Torx T25 screws and you now have access to the condenser and radiators. This needs to be done on each side - there are 2 condensers and radiators on the 996 and Boxster.
|Porsche 911 996 air conditioning condenser removal - 6mm allen key|
When you have access to the condenser it's just a 6mm bolt that attaches the pipes to the condenser. Make sure that you support the pipes as you undo them to avoid damage.
Once the pipes are removed it's a simple case of removing 2 more Torx T25 screws and the condenser comes off the car. Clean up the radiator of any debris and the new condenser can be fitted ensuring that you use new O rings for a good seal.
Photo below shows the new Air Con condenser fitted to my Porsche 996.
|Porsche 911 996 air conditioning condenser replacement - new unit fitted|