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Kia Sedona Failure of AC Compressor Clutch

Kia Sedona Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

Average Mileage: 83,770 mi (10,000 mi - 228,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 63,000 mi

    The A/C always sounded a bit funny - kind of a loud rattling sound. We took the van back to the dealer and asked about it, but they said everything was working fine and sent us home. Lo and behold, when we hit about 63k miles, the compressor stopped working altogether. It cost me $1300 to get it fixed and I will never buy another Kia again because of this. The compressor problem caused shrapnel

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  • Visitor, , 155,000 mi

    Compressor went out after condenser and high pressure ac hose was replaced. Is there a recall or free repair for this issue?

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  • Visitor, , 57,000 mi

    compressor clutch gradually became very noisy and then just stopped working altogether.

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    Noise when air conditioner compressor first engauges

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  • Visitor, , 92,000 mi

    failure the ac comparessor clutch. body shop asking $300 to fix this.

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  • Visitor, , 88,000 mi

    Noise at start up of AC...after some time, noise stops....comes from pulley assembly area on left side of engine

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  •  Rookie

    Compressor will not engage, therefore no cold air.

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  •  Rookie

    We first noticed the infamous clunking/grinding noise at about 21000 miles. We took it to the dealership who diagnosed the problem as being a faulty AC clutch hub. They replaced it. The van ran great for about a 2 months and the noise came back along with a surging idle when the engine was cold and defrost was on. We took it back and they replaced the clutch hub assembly again and explained the surge as extra load caused by the faulty hub was causing the ECM to adjust the idle inappropriately. Not more than 2 weeks went by and the noise came back along with the idle surge. We took it back...again and this time the technician couldn't duplicate the problem. While driving home from the dealership I did notice that everything had magically smoothed out. (I suspect WD40 but can't prove it.) I called again and they want me to bring it in late in the afternoon so they can keep it overnight and start it cold. I told them not until they give me a loaner car and we are still fighting them on that. Meanwhile the surging has become worse and happens even when the AC and defrost are off.

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  • Visitor, , 228,000 mi

    The A/C is not working. The drying and the compressor has been changed. The control panel has been change, but the a/c is still blowing hot air.

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  • Visitor, , 110,000 mi

    It was at first noisy and kind of shook the car. Now, the ac no longer works! So hot! Not good! Not fixed yet

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