Kia Troubleshooting Questions? Ask a Mechanic
Hello, my name is Bobby. Thank you for the question. There was a lot of issues with the a/c compressor on this vehicle. Kia had a technical bulletin for it which included replacing the compressor clutch assembly to help with the noise. Many of the first compressors that were replaced did not have this new clutch assembly. With that being said, even after they were replaced you would still get some noise simply due to the king of compressor that was designed for this vehicle. I have had better luck with aftermarket rebuilt compressors on this van, than OE ones. I hope this helps. Let me know if you need more help.
I understand Phil. I totally agree with your thinking on this. The problem is that none of the government oversight divisions will force any sort of recall on this as it is not safety related, and Kia does not find it to be necessary. Again, I think that is a cop out if you cannot find a way to repair it. I wish I could provide something better. If you would like I will opt out and open the question up to other techs to see if anyone has heard anything different.
I am sorry that I do not have better news. Some of these manufacturers get away with letting things go when they are not safety related. Some times Kia National will step in, but without a true fix for the issue even they cannot fix it. Unfortunately none of these aftermarket AC conpressor manufacturers care to take the time to design anything different either.
Simply contact customer service regarding this. Thank you, ***** ***** you need anything else in the future please let me know.