Noise or Vibration When AC Compressor is On on Kia Sorento

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: 94,436 (21,000–201,000)
9 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
108 people reported this problem
71 people shared problem details
2008 Kia Sorento110,000
a/c quit working clutch will not engage.
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2005 Kia Sorento68,000
There is a high pitched noise when I try to use the defroster or air conditioner. :(
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2006 Kia Sorento95,000
AC started blowing warm air on Thursday. I took it to our Mechanic on Saturday and was told the AC compressor clutch was not working. It will several hundred dollars to fix!
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2005 Kia Sorento63,000
makes a rattling noise and has recently stopped blowing cold air.
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2006 Kia Sorento45,000
My A/C Clutch just went out come on 45000 mile are you kidding me! But I did found a Clutch kit on the web for $95 and I can do it my self so that's a plus
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2005 Kia Sorento185,000
2005 kia sorento squeals when you turn on air
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2004 Kia Sorento50,000
A/C stopped producing cold air. The clutch is not turning.
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2011 Kia Sorento61,000
A/c quit blowing cold air. Tried to over heat. Put two different gauges on and maxed them out....
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There is a high-pitched squealing noise when the AC or defrost is engaged. The problem has not yet been resolved.
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2006 Kia Sorento87,030
AC compressor quit working.
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2008 Kia Sorento27,000
engine knocking when a/c on and engine idling. Dealership replaced compressor hub.
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2005 Kia Sorento75,000
A/C Compressor went out! Had to replace!
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2004 Kia Sorento120,000
I Have the high pitched noise when turning on a/c, defrost and heat. also, when car is in drive fells like I loose power. I have not gotten it repaired because if its just the clutch I wouldn't have to spend as much. Had car to 5 different repair shops and not one checked out the vehicle anymore then listening to it and declaring it's the compressor. I've worked in residential HVAC for 20 years and just because something seemed obvious I still checked everything out with meters and system checks before giving a customer the conclusion. How do I find out more info?
2013 Kia Sorento26,000
Ac blew smoke while sitting at a light, then made a strange noise. Every vent blowing hot except front passenger is mildly cool.
2006 Kia Sorento88,000
A/c stopped blowing
2008 Kia Sorento121,000
2006 Kia Sorento85,000
replaced air conditioning clutch 2 years ago and now I am being told the whole air conditioning compressor has to be replaced at a cost of almost $1500. Is this a known problem with kia
Cluch burnt out.
2004 Kia Sorento130,000
A/C blowing warm air. It has squealed when first turned on for a couple years. Just found out the A/C clutch is out...
Turned on AC heard a terrible noise also when started there is w whining noise. Took to dealership was in formed a barring needs replace nothing said about AC. Waiting on part to come in for the whining mechanics are hoping that will fix the AC.
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