Noise or Vibration When AC Compressor is On on Kia Rio

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: 81,766 (20,000–165,000)
10 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
34 people reported this problem
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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.
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!
2010 Kia Rio 32,000 mi,
The ac compressor makes a loud lifting noise when turned on and the belt was slipping on it as well. When the car accelerates it lags and hesitates while the ac is turned on.
2003 Kia Rio 83,000 mi,
faulty clutch on ac compressor sticks and turns slow makes scratching noise.
2008 Kia Rio 94,000 mi,
A/C clutch locked up
2006 Kia Rio 72,000 mi,
also on 2002 kia rio only 57,000 miles
2002 Kia Rio 85,000 mi,
Noise, vibration, causes relay to burn
2002 Kia Rio 109,574 mi,
Clutch won't engaged
2002 Kia Rio 75,000 mi,
Ac clutch went bad. Replaced belt with non-ac model. Now looking to replace the clutch
2006 Kia Rio 84,000 mi,
ac clutch froze up chewed the belt up
2012 Kia Rio 150,000 mi,
My ac clutch makes a lot of noise.
2004 Kia Rio 62,512 mi,
Loud noise when activated. Visible oil near seal.
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.
2006 Kia Rio 165,000 mi,
a/c belt broke clutch was being noisy and finaly it froze and broke the a/c belt.