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.
Car Problem Reports
Kia Sorento Failure of AC Compressor Clutch
Kia Sorento Problem
Average Mileage: 81,204 mi (27,000 mi - 131,000 mi)
Visitor, 2008 Kia Sorento, 110,000 mi
a/c quit working clutch will not engage.
Visitor, 2005 Kia Sorento, 68,000 mi
There is a high pitched noise when I try to use the defroster or air conditioner. :(
Visitor, 2005 Kia Sorento, 63,000 mi
makes a rattling noise and has recently stopped blowing cold air.
Visitor, 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!
Visitor, 2008 Kia Sorento, 27,000 mi
engine knocking when a/c on and engine idling. Dealership replaced compressor hub.
Visitor, 2005 Kia Sorento, 75,000 mi
A/C Compressor went out! Had to replace!
Visitor, 2006 Kia Sorento, 60,000 mi
My car started to "screech" loudly when I turned on the A/C. Would last about 10 seconds then stop. Sometimes it would start again while I was driving, sometimes not. Eventually, the A/C stopped blowing cold air. Took to mechanic who said the compressor was bad. I may get by with just replacing the clutch, but not sure. There was a fabric type material protruding from the clutch. My mechanic says that this is the fourth Kia this summer that he has seen with this problem.
Visitor, 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
Visitor, 2005 Kia Sorento, 106,000 mi
Compressor clutch went out. Was told by mechanic it was due to compressor leaking, and would have to replace the entire compressor.
Visitor, 2003 Kia Sorento
clutch is make a loud squealing sound and you can see were the clutch has melted looking at it from the front.