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: 95,244 (5,000–201,000)
9 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
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2008 Kia Sorento 110,000 mi,
a/c quit working clutch will not engage.
2006 Kia Sorento 95,000 mi,
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 Sorento 68,000 mi,
There is a high pitched noise when I try to use the defroster or air conditioner. :(
2006 Kia Sorento 45,000 mi,
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
2004 Kia Sorento 50,000 mi,
A/C stopped producing cold air. The clutch is not turning.
2005 Kia Sorento 63,000 mi,
makes a rattling noise and has recently stopped blowing cold air.
2011 Kia Sorento 61,000 mi,
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.
2006 Kia Sorento 87,030 mi,
AC compressor quit working.
2005 Kia Sorento 185,000 mi,
2005 kia sorento squeals when you turn on air
2011 Kia Sorento 55,000 mi,
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?
2007 Kia Sorento 142,000 mi,
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 Sorento 75,000 mi,
A/C Compressor went out! Had to replace!
2008 Kia Sorento 27,000 mi,
engine knocking when a/c on and engine idling. Dealership replaced compressor hub.
2006 Kia Sorento 144,501 mi,
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
2006 Kia Sorento 113,000 mi,
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.
2013 Kia Sorento 26,000 mi,
Ac blew smoke while sitting at a light, then made a strange noise. Every vent blowing hot except front passenger is mildly cool.
2004 Kia Sorento 124,569 mi,
When my compressor is on its am hearing a winding noise
We've had the AC compressor replaced twice, the AC clutch replaced and now it barely blows cold air.