Noise or Vibration When AC Compressor is On on Kia Sorento

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 95,774 (5,000–201,000)
10 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
169 people reported this problem
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AC started blowing warm air on Thursday. I took it to our Mechanic on Saturday and was told the AC compressor clutch was not working. It will several hundred dollars to fix!
There is a high-pitched squealing noise when the AC or defrost is engaged. The problem has not yet been resolved.
My A/C Clutch just went out come on 45000 mile are you kidding me! But I did found a Clutch kit on the web for $95 and I can do it my self so that's a plus
Ac makes loud rumbling noise on passenger side of dash when on max ac. Ac quit blowing cold air recently in the front ONLY. Third row ac still blows cold?
AC stopped working overnight, no cold air but still blows air. Noise started two days later, very loud, whining grinding noise. Even with the AC off. Some days after about 10 miles it sounds less loud, but lately is very loud all the time again.
Ac blew smoke while sitting at a light, then made a strange noise. Every vent blowing hot except front passenger is mildly cool.
Squealing noise when ac is turned on or off. The pulley is what is the making it tighten up the belts do it sequels either with ac on or off. Also my dummy lights come on also. Haven't had it looked at or fixed yet
The ac comes on every now and then. When it comes on the car idles really rough for a short period of time. Once it is on it cools really well.
My a/c would not blow cold air anymore. The button you push to make the cold air work does not engage the compressor.
the compressor sounds like it going to fall apart when the defrost or a/c are on. it started out as a whine, but over the years has gotten worse