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Kia Optima Failure of AC Compressor Clutch

 
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 83,863 mi (42,000 mi - 142,000 mi)

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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, , 110,000 mi

    When the A/C is on and I am shifting gears, as I let out of the clutch and accelerate, an awful high pitched squeaking noise comes from the A/C belt of the car. I am under the impression that it has to do with the compressor but am not yet certain. I've been advised that it could be other smaller problems. However, the compressor is the only one that fits all of my cars "symptoms."
    Having the A/C on also causes my engine to run harder and with much less power, as well as die if decelerating from a high speed by only pushing in the clutch and sometimes when slowly shifting gears.

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    Not fixed yet, looking for new ac compressor.

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  • Visitor, , 106,000 mi

    my clutch assembly won't engage. very loud squeeling noise.

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  •  Rookie

    I was using the heater thought it was the blower motor and it eneded up being the a/c compressor clutch

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  • Visitor, , 58,000 mi

    Noise coming from A/C Compressor when A/C is on or when the Defrost is on, Defrost uses A/C compressor.

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    CLUTCH BEARING NOISE

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  • Visitor, , 99,000 mi

    ac compressor clutch went out......NO AIR!!!!! also have electrical issues and 4wheel drive indicator keeps coming on when NOT IN 4 WHEEL DRIVE

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  • Visitor, , 56,000 mi

    They replaced clutch hub in 2009 and its doing it again , but they dont hear it when i take it in , and say that it is just wear and tear .. But it makes same noise that it did before they replaced it .. its dumb blonde syndrome they have with me i guess .. They think i am being picky i'm sure .

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  •  Rookie

    Squeaky noise at the air conditioner clutch, not covered under extended warranty

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  •  Rookie

    Has started making a grinding noise so far only when the AC is on. It does not do it all the time yet but is getting more frequent. Will take to the dealer next week.

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