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If there is visible oil then it's most likely leaked from the shaft seal which means that it will need rebuilding or replacing, I think a replacement is better because rebuilding can be expensive.
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The shaft seal keeps the centre shaft lubricated, if the air con is not used for some time, this seal can wear and cause oil and the refrigerant to leak out of the system.
What are the other questions you have about the air con?
The condenser is a radiator and that only needs to be replaced if it's leaking. The A/C compressor is on the underside of the engine in the mk3, you access that from the driver side wheel arch or from underneath so, you remove the wheel and arch liner.
Ok I understand, you got the names mixed up. Compressor is the belt driven unit which pushes the refrigerant around the system (oil in the a/c system is normal). The condenser can be removed without removing the bumper, a little awkward but it can be done.
Leak tests can be done using a dye which is pumped into the system. As an A/C specialist, I would assume he would have the tools to check the system for leaks. You can see this VIDEO where the A/C condenser is being removed.
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