Noise or Vibration When AC Compressor is On on Kia Sedona

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: 86,658 (10,000–228,000)
7 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008
85 people reported this problem
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problem details
Compressor will not engage, therefore no cold air.
2005 Kia Sedona 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
2004 Kia Sedona 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?
2005 Kia Sedona 88,000 mi,
Noise at start up of AC...after some time, noise stops....comes from pulley assembly area on left side of engine
2005 Kia Sedona 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.
2004 Kia Sedona 57,000 mi,
compressor clutch gradually became very noisy and then just stopped working altogether.
2008 Kia Sedona 65,000 mi,
Noise when air conditioner compressor first engauges
2006 Kia Sedona 92,000 mi,
failure the ac comparessor clutch. body shop asking $300 to fix this.
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.
2002 Kia Sedona 113,457 mi,
It only runs on high back & front
2005 Kia Sedona 184,000 mi,
The air conditioner is working well, but when the compressor clutch is on, it is making very terrible sounds, very noisy like drrrrrrrr. At the service they are suggesting me to change all the a/c compressor, but I believe the problem is less expensive to fix it.
2005 Kia Sedona 56,888 mi,
It sounds like I had baby chicks in the compressor. Problems has not been fixed.
2006 Kia Sedona 149,000 mi,
AC stopped blowing cool air. Took it in to be checked/fixed and paid $145 to have it "recharged", but it didn't help. Took it back in and were told the compressor was bad and it will be $800 to replace. Before we could even consider that, the front axle broke, thankfully in a parking lot and not on the freeway at 65mph where we had been 15 minutes earlier. That repair was over $800, so we are living with no ac in the van this summer
2002 Kia Sedona 87,000 mi,
Noise and vibration.. Haven't had it fixed!
2007 Kia Sedona 127,000 mi,
problem with air conditioning
since i purchased the NEW van in 2005, when we turn on the air conditioner, it has always rattled and made a loud noise had it checked out several times and the technician said it was working fine.Finally went out around 40,000 miles.Paid out $2500.00 and it's still blowing warm air. If we have to stop in traffic or for a stop light, it blows Hot air. If we run the front and back air conditioners, the van runs hot and boggs down. Will never purchase another kia.
2005 Kia Sedona 10,900 mi,
Compressor was rattling and then I lost cool air and it was only blowing hot. The serviceman said the compressor was not working anymore?
noisy noisy compressor clutch etc...upon starting engine. Once running, much less noise.
2006 Kia Sedona 119,000 mi,
AC compressor clutch works intermittently. Need to replace it.
Ac compressor has always made noise now the third one is bad