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Kia Rio Failure of AC Compressor Clutch

Kia Rio Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012

Average Mileage: 85,034 mi (20,000 mi - 165,000 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, , 83,000 mi

    faulty clutch on ac compressor sticks and turns slow makes scratching noise.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 72,000 mi


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  • Visitor, , 94,000 mi

    A/C clutch locked up

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  • Visitor, , 84,000 mi

    ac clutch froze up chewed the belt up

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi

    My ac clutch makes a lot of noise.

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  • Visitor, , 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!

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  • Visitor,

    also on 2002 kia rio only 57,000 miles

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  • Visitor, , 62,512 mi

    Loud noise when activated. Visible oil near seal.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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