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: 95,358 (5,000–201,000)
9 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
131 people reported this problem
85 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!
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 Sorento63,000
makes a rattling noise and has recently stopped blowing cold air.
There is a high-pitched squealing noise when the AC or defrost is engaged. The problem has not yet been resolved.
2004 Kia Sorento50,000
A/C stopped producing cold air. The clutch is not turning.
2011 Kia Sorento61,000
A/c quit blowing cold air. Tried to over heat. Put two different gauges on and maxed them out....
2005 Kia Sorento185,000
2005 kia sorento squeals when you turn on air
2006 Kia Sorento87,030
AC compressor quit working.
2011 Kia Sorento55,000
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 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!
2008 Kia Sorento27,000
engine knocking when a/c on and engine idling. Dealership replaced compressor hub.
2004 Kia Sorento124,569
When my compressor is on its am hearing a winding noise
2006 Kia Sorento144,501
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 Sorento113,000
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.
We've had the AC compressor replaced twice, the AC clutch replaced and now it barely blows cold air.
2005 Kia Sorento112,000
Ac stop working, clutch won't engage
2008 Kia Sorento180,000
Went out not fixed yet
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