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.
Car Problem Reports
Kia Rio Failure of AC Compressor Clutch
Kia Rio Problem
Average Mileage: 97,800 mi (72,000 mi - 165,000 mi)
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, 2003 Kia Rio, 83,000 mi
faulty clutch on ac compressor sticks and turns slow makes scratching noise.
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, 165,000 mi
a/c belt broke clutch was being noisy and finaly it froze and broke the a/c belt.