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: 84,339 (10,000–228,000)
7 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008
77 people reported this problem
51 people shared problem details
2005 Kia Sedona63,000
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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2004 Kia Sedona155,000
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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Compressor will not engage, therefore no cold air.
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2004 Kia Sedona57,000
compressor clutch gradually became very noisy and then just stopped working altogether.
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2008 Kia Sedona65,000
Noise when air conditioner compressor first engauges
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2005 Kia Sedona88,000
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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2006 Kia Sedona92,000
failure the ac comparessor clutch. body shop asking $300 to fix this.
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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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2005 Kia Sedona228,000
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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2002 Kia Sedona87,000
Noise and vibration.. Haven't had it fixed!
2007 Kia Sedona127,000
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 Sedona10,900
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 Sedona119,000
AC compressor clutch works intermittently. Need to replace it.
Ac compressor has always made noise now the third one is bad
very noisy. not only this, but our air conditioning has failed 3 times since we've owned this car. twice resulting in loss of freon. my husband wonders if the compressor is over pressurizing resulting in failed system.
2006 Kia Sedona100,000
The AC makes a rattle/banging noise when it runs and makes the engine run hotter. I have gone through three radiator replacements in a year. Still don't know why it is happening as no mechanic can figure it out. Anyone else had a similar issue.
I took the Sedona but KIA service said it was not a problem. At 90,000 miles the air conditioner stopped working and I took it to a non-Kia authorized repair shop and they said don't waste money on a repair.
2005 Kia Sedona110,000
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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