Noise or Vibration When AC Compressor is On on Kia Spectra

A defective AC compressor clutch assembly can cause excessive noise or vibration when the air conditioning is on. Improved parts are available. Replacing the faulty clutch assembly does not necessitate replacement of the complete AC compressor or evacuation and recharging of the air conditioning system.

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Average mileage: 104,568 (40,000–174,000)
8 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
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When I started the engine, I heard a God-awful noise, and the engine dragged down and stopped in a matter of a couple of seconds. This happened several times. If I turned the a/c off, the engine started and ran just fine. After testing this several times, the engine stayed running fine, but the a/c did not cool even though the the indicator light on the knob indicated it was running; no cooling at all. I also smelled the burning rubber smell like a fan belt being forced over the pully that is not turning. This leads me to believe that the clutch was not engaging the compressor. Does this sound like a faulty a/c clutch assembly? By the way, the a/c worked fine the previous time I had driven the car.
2002 Kia Spectra 89,653 mi,
ac will not turn on only blows heat. I have not fixed it as of yet I am trying to locate the issue first.
2007 Kia Spectra 96,000 mi,
my air conditioning turns on by its self and it wont come back on for a month or so then starts working again. and it makes a awfull noise
Compressor or clutch is out on my 2008 spectra. Car runs fine until I press the A/C button then the belt screams and the engen shuts down. Bull dog KIA Athens wants $1116.37 to replace the A/C Compressor. I Can't believe that at 64,000 this isn't a recall.
2003 Kia Spectra 82,350 mi,
Same issue...several new belts...I was ready to replace the A/C compressor, but now will see if the clutch assembly will solve the problem. Merchants Auto refused to work on it after the third belt.
Began with a burning smell, then the clutch of the A/C (I presume) started squealing every time I turn the A/C/ on or the defrost in the winter. At low RPM (idling primarily) engine will completely stall. Hopefully I can replace just the clutch and not have to bleed the entire coolant line and replace everything. Doing more research now.
2002 Kia Spectra 85,342 mi,
No cold air, loud noise.
2002 Kia Spectra 174,000 mi,
The belts screech and vibrates When ac is on
2005 Kia Spectra 100,000 mi,
Loud screeching noise and vibration when ac is on but now the ac had stop working and the noise is gone
2004 Kia Spectra 150,000 mi,
Have not fixed ac makes loud hum and the dash vibrates when you turn the blower on. also the re cir button light wont turn off and neither will the AC
2004 Kia Spectra 95,000 mi,
It started out just making a rattling noise when the AC compressor was engaged but then it got worse and I had to cut the AC belt to keep the belt to be able to drive it. I am debating on options now.
2009 Kia Spectra 96,345 mi,
The ac pump draws power from the engine every time it kicks on Stall the car when doing 80 mph.
2006 Kia Spectra 102,000 mi,
Not fixed yet as the dealership wants $2k to replace compressor (et al). AC made noise using recycle. Then quit working all together after 20 min run time.
This has been going on for some time and now it's comepletely out.
2003 Kia Spectra 136,285 mi,
My AC Compressor sequels anytime the the AC is on, it will do it for up to 3 minutes initially (or so) and then periodically once a for 3 seconds every 5 minutes or so. Will do the same thing when the Defroster is on. I am sure its the clutch, but I am not finding part numbers to replace the clutch. So it will be a whole compressor replacement. I guess unless I find something different before I can afford to do that job. (bearings?)
2003 Kia Spectra 113,000 mi,
noise from the area of the compressor / pulley / clutch for the air conditioning. belt finally broke. looking for advice about replacement of the clutch / pulley or the entire ac compressor. good this blog says not necessary to replace compressor, but the clutch/pulley is no piece of cake
2008 Kia Spectra 70,000 mi,
Ac kills car when turned on. Belts screech loudly first.
2006 Kia Spectra 106,000 mi,
makes a racket, not sure what to replace.
I think my compressor clutch has went out. The car screams at me when i turn on the A/C. Recently i have been smelling the hoses burning up. I checked the Compressor and when the A/C is engaged the pulley will spin intermittenly. When the compressor stops turn while the A/C is engaged sometime the whole pulley stops turning which is why i am smelling burnt rubber.