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Kia Sportage Failure of AC Compressor Clutch

Kia Sportage Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011

Average Mileage: 86,624 mi (117 mi - 262,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 86,000 mi

    Constant whine, getting worse. Dealer said it is the A/C "hub" (basically the A/C clutch assembly) Warrenty covers the compressor - but not the "hub". Can't buy the "hub" or clutch assembly from local parts stores - they only sell the entire compresser (clutch included)and dealer wants over $500 to just replace the A/C "hub". Can't afford to get this fixed.

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  • Visitor, , 64,000 mi

    The A/C blows cold air for a little while, then begins blowing outside air. It sometimes goes back to cold for a little bit, but always goes back to blowing outside air. I took it to be looked at & was told by my mechanic that it was a known problem with my Kia model year (Sportage, 2006). The clutch on the air compressor goes bad & that a lot of dealerships will replace the compressor, but not the clutch. This does not correct the problem though. Kia (where I currently am) has been giving me a hard time about it & said that they don't keep the product in stock & that it will take several days to get the part in. I don't have time... I am moving in 36 hours & need my car fixed now!

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  • Visitor, , 71,000 mi

    A/C just went out completely. A/C Clutch and Compressor.

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  • Visitor, , 42,000 mi

    air compressor clutch is rattling and making noise. of coarse my warranty just expired at 5 years. I think if this is an ongoing problem (from what I have read) the company should recall it and fix it. hopefully the clutch can be replaced without replacing the entire compressor. ive been a kia sportage owner since they first came out, never had a problem until I bought the 2008 but was treated very poorly at the dealer. it was kind of yeah yeah yeah what do you want to us to fix, at full cost to more good word of mouth compliments from me.....

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  •  Rookie

    Same thing, a whining vibration when ac is on, even after a freon charge.

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  • Visitor, , 117 mi

    The noise comes and goes and is very annoying. I had it checked out at the dealers and found that the a/c compressor has an internal fault and needs to be replaced.

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  • this has been happening to my car since I bought it. Kia dealership told me it was normal.

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    I can hear my AC clutch going bad

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  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    Ac clutch went at about 100,000 miles. I have to fix it, even though everyone I know who has same car is having the same problem!!!!!!

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