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Old 07-31-2003, 05:14 PM   #1
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I took my WRX in to the dealer because the AC stopped working. They said it is due to a hole in the condenser. They said that it must have been hit by a rock or something so it is not covered under waranty. Can somebody explain to me where the condenser is so I can take a look at the damage. Does it sound feasable that a rock may have hit the condenser? Can anything else cause it to rupture?

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Old 07-31-2003, 06:21 PM   #2
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The condensor is the thing that looks like a radiator in front of your radiator . It is very likely that it could have been hit by a rock.


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Old 07-25-2008, 01:31 PM   #3
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an a/c condenser is not a huge job either.. im sure it only pays an hour flat and if you are feeling very adventerous you can even take a crack at it yourself!!! I had the exact same problem (big nasty rock found its way in there) some people have had to fix this multiple times and have even resorted to covering their condenser with self-fabbed plastic shields....



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I took my WRX in to the dealer because the AC stopped working. They said it is due to a hole in the condenser. They said that it must have been hit by a rock or something so it is not covered under waranty. Can somebody explain to me where the condenser is so I can take a look at the damage. Does it sound feasable that a rock may have hit the condenser? Can anything else cause it to rupture?

Thanks,
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I hate to tell you but you will end up paying for it. It looks very similar to a radiator but smaller and sits in front of it in direct path of any rocks from the roadways. I have seen rocks damage these before and puncture them.
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an a/c condenser is not a huge job either.. im sure it only pays an hour flat and if you are feeling very adventerous you can even take a crack at it yourself!!! I had the exact same problem (big nasty rock found its way in there) some people have had to fix this multiple times and have even resorted to covering their condenser with self-fabbed plastic shields....



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I didn't even see the date.
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Also, replacing a condenser is NOT a DIY job unless you have AC training, the equipment to pull a vacuum on the system, and so forth.
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if he has a hole in his condenser....the system is already empty in most cases...and replacing the condenser yourself would cut down gooberish labor costs....OBVIOUSLY the full job can't be done without an A/C machine to vac and recharge the system...but if this guy takes his car to subaru to get it done (or did 5 years ago when he posted lol) im sure that it would cost a considerable amount more than a simple a/c recharge at joes garage
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SP - I posted because it's not obvious to many; they may think they can just slap in a condenser and hook up a bottle of refrigerant, or not realize that the receiver/drier needs to be replaced, too, or whatever. As you note, there are certainly many shops that can handle (or complete) the job at cheaper prices than the dealership.
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