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Old 9th December 2014, 17:18   #1
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Hi guys, today I took my car to the service station where they found that the condenser was damaged. I took some photos. Can someone please assess the extent of the damage and let me know if I need to replace it?

I guess there is no major damage because AC still works and it wouldn't if the gas was leaking because of the damage. I think I hit a speed breaker or a rock or something. Please help :(
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Hi guys, today I took my car to the service station where they found that the condenser was damaged. I took some photos. Can someone please assess the extent of the damage and let me know if I need to replace it?

I guess there is no major damage because AC still works and it wouldn't if the gas was leaking because of the damage. I think I hit a speed breaker or a rock or something. Please help :(
Hello Oceanstar,

Absolutely don't worry about it, slight deformation in the condenser is normal. As long as the A/C in working fine, don't worry at all. Perhaps b/w the gap place some form.

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Hello Oceanstar,

Absolutely don't worry about it, slight deformation in the condenser is normal. As long as the A/C in working fine, don't worry at all. Perhaps b/w the gap place some form.

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Thanks Amit, that's what I thought too. My logic: In a home window AC, the fins get bent all the time and the AC still works perfectly. So I assumed the same to be true for a car. Anyway, the service station guys were trying make me pay for a new one saying AC will not work without it or that in future it may get spoiled.

And yes, I have AC problems but those were there even before this condenser got damaged so I don't think there is any connection between my existing AC problem and the condenser damage.

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Drive through the night on highways infested by butterflies and other insects and you will realize the extent of damage to the condensor fins.

Last 40 days, I did 3 trips to Pune and back (1700 kms each) and mostly through the night for almost half the distance each way and as a practice when I open the Air filter element, I could find dead flies under the filter.

The condensor too had a lot of dead flies pasted flat with few fins bent. Used a typical kitchen spoon's end (Kids size) to straighten a few bent ones.

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Only if you find ac not cooling properly, and thereafter you realize that the gas has leaked from the condenser, would you need to replace it.

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