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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Kia Rio Failure of AC Compressor Clutch
Kia Rio Problem
Average Mileage: 78,626 mi (20,000 mi - 165,000 mi)
Visitor, 2003 Kia Rio, 83,000 mi
faulty clutch on ac compressor sticks and turns slow makes scratching noise.
Visitor, 2008 Kia Rio, 75,000 mi
When I turned on my a/c my car began to vibrate, followed by a burning rubber/plastic smell followed by loss of power steering and failure to start. Kia won't help me with any of my problems, they try and find any loophole or way out of any warranty promised when they smiled and sold me the vehicle.
Visitor, 2006 Kia Rio, 72,000 mi
ac CAUSES VIBRATION
Visitor, 2008 Kia Rio, 94,000 mi
A/C clutch locked up
Visitor, 2006 Kia Rio, 105,000 mi
The A/C clutch is creating a horrible squeaking noise when the A/C is turned on! I have figured that a new clutch is the answer because the compressor is fine but it is sold together most of the time on Ebay: My solution will be to find just the part and replace it through the front passengers side wheel well and while in there I will change the belt too!
Visitor, 2003 Kia Rio
also on 2002 kia rio only 57,000 miles
Visitor, 2004 Kia Rio, 62,512 mi
Loud noise when activated. Visible oil near seal.
Visitor, 2003 Kia Rio, 55,000 mi
Noisy fan squealing when A/C was turned on-especially first thing in morning. Still have the problem, mileage now at 62,000. Taking car in for a check soon.
Visitor, 2006 Kia Rio, 165,000 mi
a/c belt broke clutch was being noisy and finaly it froze and broke the a/c belt.