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: 85,032 (20,000–165,000)
9 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
28 people reported this problem
11 people shared problem details
2003 Kia Rio83,000
faulty clutch on ac compressor sticks and turns slow makes scratching noise.
2008 Kia Rio75,000
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 Rio72,000
ac CAUSES VIBRATION
2008 Kia Rio94,000
A/C clutch locked up
also on 2002 kia rio only 57,000 miles
2006 Kia Rio84,000
ac clutch froze up chewed the belt up
2012 Kia Rio150,000
My ac clutch makes a lot of noise.
2006 Kia Rio105,000
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!
2004 Kia Rio62,512
Loud noise when activated. Visible oil near seal.
2003 Kia Rio55,000
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 Rio165,000
a/c belt broke clutch was being noisy and finaly it froze and broke the a/c belt.
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