A friend’s ’88 944 NA had a few problems…not the least of which was that the air conditioner compressor FELL OFF! The only things holding it into the car was the AC lines, the now-loose belt and the adjuster. But then the adjuster looked at the hoses and belt and said, “You guys got this. I’m outta here!” and broke. It’s a good thing that the sway bar is in the way – the compressor at least stayed in the car, although it flopped around a bit.
We picked it up by trailer – a very nice Marina Blue/Linen 944 with some “neglected maintenance” going on.
Because the bolt was broken off in the compressor and the mounting ear was cracked, a new compressor was sourced and installed without incident. Everything soaked by the power steering leaks was cleaned, and new bushings were fitted to the front sway bar since the fluid had wrecked the rubber bushings.
The last task was to install the rear wiper that had been removed sometime in its life. The owner had the proper parts, so that was all installed and now works as designed.
There is a moral to this story – check the bolts on the compressor at each oil change to ensure that they are 1) present and 2) tight. The fact that these bolts failed led to more expensive issues, including a new belt, compressor and dryer, labor charges and AC recharge. Also – if your power steering is leaking, fix the leaks! And remember that the system used Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF), not Power Steering Fluid!