Noise or Vibration When AC Compressor is On on Kia Sorento

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 95,774 (5,000–201,000)
10 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
161 people reported this problem
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a/c quit working clutch will not engage.
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!
There is a high pitched noise when I try to use the defroster or air conditioner. :(
A/C stopped producing cold air. The clutch is not turning.
makes a rattling noise and has recently stopped blowing cold air.
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
A/c quit blowing cold air. Tried to over heat. Put two different gauges on and maxed them out....
There is a high-pitched squealing noise when the AC or defrost is engaged. The problem has not yet been resolved.
AC compressor quit working.
Ac makes loud rumbling noise on passenger side of dash when on max ac. Ac quit blowing cold air recently in the front ONLY. Third row ac still blows cold?
2005 kia sorento squeals when you turn on air
AC stopped working overnight, no cold air but still blows air. Noise started two days later, very loud, whining grinding noise. Even with the AC off. Some days after about 10 miles it sounds less loud, but lately is very loud all the time again.
Ac blew smoke while sitting at a light, then made a strange noise. Every vent blowing hot except front passenger is mildly cool.
A/C Compressor went out! Had to replace!
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
engine knocking when a/c on and engine idling. Dealership replaced compressor hub.
The ac comes on every now and then. When it comes on the car idles really rough for a short period of time. Once it is on it cools really well.
the compressor sounds like it going to fall apart when the defrost or a/c are on. it started out as a whine, but over the years has gotten worse
When my compressor is on its am hearing a winding noise
A/c stopped blowing