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: 93,602 (5,000–201,000)
9 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
121 people reported this problem
78 people shared problem details
2008 Kia Sorento110,000
a/c quit working clutch will not engage.
2005 Kia Sorento68,000
There is a high pitched noise when I try to use the defroster or air conditioner. :(
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!
2005 Kia Sorento63,000
makes a rattling noise and has recently stopped blowing cold air.
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
2005 Kia Sorento185,000
2005 kia sorento squeals when you turn on air
2011 Kia Sorento61,000
A/c quit blowing cold air. Tried to over heat. Put two different gauges on and maxed them out....
2004 Kia Sorento50,000
A/C stopped producing cold air. The clutch is not turning.
There is a high-pitched squealing noise when the AC or defrost is engaged. The problem has not yet been resolved.
2006 Kia Sorento87,030
AC compressor quit working.
2008 Kia Sorento27,000
engine knocking when a/c on and engine idling. Dealership replaced compressor hub.
2007 Kia Sorento142,000
Squealing noise when ac is turned on or off. The pulley is what is the making it tighten up the belts do it sequels either with ac on or off. Also my dummy lights come on also. Haven't had it looked at or fixed yet
2005 Kia Sorento75,000
A/C Compressor went out! Had to replace!
2007 Kia Sorento10,500
Compressure went out it is not fixed
2005 Kia Sorento143,729
Has happened several mornings. When the vehicle is cranked with the a.c. on it makes a very loud clacking/screeching sound. When you turn off the a.c. it goes off. Happens occasionally and the dealership thinks I'm nuts cuz they haven't heard it. Worst decision of my life to buy this car and I just got it 2 weeks ago!!!!!
2013 Kia Sorento5,000
Air surges harder and softer and makes lots of noise. Have taken three or more times to dealership and one time they replaced the blower.
2006 Kia Sorento100,000
AC clutch failed. Purchased one on eBay for $95 and paid $150 to have it replaced. So far a good deal. The problem is that two weeks later the bearings gave up and now I have to buy a new clutch and pay for labor again. Do not buy a cheap clutch on eBay or any other online site unless it's the original. Labor costs are higher than actual parts. Now I am just buying an original compressor for $250 and will pay for labor again.
2011 Kia Sorento88,000
My AC unit when on is making a wierd noise.
2005 Kia Sorento140,000
Shaking a.c..Dosent work wont take any a.c
2003 Kia Sorento136,000
Took car to Tire Kingdom and was taken for an outrageous amount of money, whereby they overcharged me for over 10 TIMES the amount for replacing the entire A/C unit and a bunch of misc parts and labor, and more labor,upon more labor because they said they couldn't find the cause of the grinding noise, which ended up being nothing but the A/C clutch. I am never going back to these rip-off people ever again.
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