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A/c compressor not engaging.

First started by stopping intermittingly, then you would depress the A/C button on the dash and it would come back on. Does this sould like the dash control unit or the compressor?
Thanks for your help.

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  • kritty_rat Sep 19, 2008

    I have this same problem - took it back to Kia, and after my third trip out there they had finally ordered the correct fan (which is what they said was the problem.) It worked fine for awhile, but the issue started again months later, and it turns out they put the wrong part in. The car had been mfgr'd in Nov 2005, which was after the October Changeover when Kia decided to use different parts for the same vehicle. I still have the bad fan in, but I'm tired of all the local Kia dealerships Parts & Service departments being rather inept at what they do, and haven't been able to take it to a proper mechanic yet.



    Don't know why it initially happened, though. The car was just over a year old when the problem started.

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The contacts in the ignition key switch have been known to not make contact when the ignition is turned on. Remove the switch contacts. It can be removed from the key lock. Spray some contact cleaner into the contact cluster through some small openings, reassemble the switch and work the key back and forth to clean the contacts. Then see if the AC clutch gets voltage. Note that there is a little light in the AC pushbutton on the AC controls. The light some come on if the circuit to the clutch is complete

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    Prem Kumar Mar 16, 2009
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    Prem Kumar Mar 16, 2009

    Check for battery voltage with a METER, NOT a test light at the DARK BLUE wire at the compressor.If you have battery voltage. Momentarily ground the black wire and see if the compressor engages. If it does, back track the black wire to the low pressure switch and replace it.


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