Noise or Vibration When AC Compressor is On on Kia Sedona

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: 86,757 (10,000–228,000)
9 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014
104 people reported this problem
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The A/C is not working. The drying and the compressor has been changed. The control panel has been change, but the a/c is still blowing hot air.
Compressor went out after condenser and high pressure ac hose was replaced. Is there a recall or free repair for this issue?
The A/C always sounded a bit funny - kind of a loud rattling sound. We took the van back to the dealer and asked about it, but they said everything was working fine and sent us home. Lo and behold, when we hit about 63k miles, the compressor stopped working altogether. It cost me $1300 to get it fixed and I will never buy another Kia again because of this. The compressor problem caused shrapnel
Noise at start up of AC...after some time, noise stops....comes from pulley assembly area on left side of engine
The air conditioner is working well, but when the compressor clutch is on, it is making very terrible sounds, very noisy like drrrrrrrr. At the service they are suggesting me to change all the a/c compressor, but I believe the problem is less expensive to fix it.
I noticed a burning smell at about 108,000 miles. I was not sure where the smell was coming from but at 110,000 I noticed smoke coming from under the hood. I did not notice a noise or change in cooling until this point. I looked under the hood and the pulley was clearly smoking and my air in the cab of the van was warmer. Right now I am trying to locate a clutch but it has been difficult. seems they will sell the whole compressor and clutch but not the clutch. negative with Rock Auto, Auto Zone, O Reilly, Amazon and Car Quest. Will keep looking.
We first noticed the infamous clunking/grinding noise at about 21000 miles. We took it to the dealership who diagnosed the problem as being a faulty AC clutch hub. They replaced it. The van ran great for about a 2 months and the noise came back along with a surging idle when the engine was cold and defrost was on. We took it back and they replaced the clutch hub assembly again and explained the surge as extra load caused by the faulty hub was causing the ECM to adjust the idle inappropriately. Not more than 2 weeks went by and the noise came back along with the idle surge. We took it back...again and this time the technician couldn't duplicate the problem. While driving home from the dealership I did notice that everything had magically smoothed out. (I suspect WD40 but can't prove it.) I called again and they want me to bring it in late in the afternoon so they can keep it overnight and start it cold. I told them not until they give me a loaner car and we are still fighting them on that. Meanwhile the surging has become worse and happens even when the AC and defrost are off.
Kia Dealership replace a failed ac compressor in 2013, the old ac compressor and the new one has always made a very loud sound and the dealership indicates everything is fine, however, I do not believe this to be true.
Air conditioner started rumbling noise around 60k. Around 72k the front air conditioner started turning off and on at random. Haven't gotten it fixed yet.
When you turn on the AC that controls the dash vents. The problem only happens when the dash AC is in use. Also, when you come to a stop it gets worse.
Loud rattling noise when air is on, stops when I turn it off. Have not had it fixed since there is a long list of other issues to deal with first. It's a Kia.
AC stopped blowing cool air. Took it in to be checked/fixed and paid $145 to have it "recharged", but it didn't help. Took it back in and were told the compressor was bad and it will be $800 to replace. Before we could even consider that, the front axle broke, thankfully in a parking lot and not on the freeway at 65mph where we had been 15 minutes earlier. That repair was over $800, so we are living with no ac in the van this summer