2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Aircon Grooooooan
September 09, 2011
The title pretty much says it all -- our longterm 2011 Kia Optima now has a groany air conditioner, when previously it did not. It makes a muted but unmistakable sound not unlike prolonged flatulence when the revs reach idle speed. The noise is linked to a/c use, not fan use.
It's not super loud -- couldn't capture it with a crappy cellphone mic -- but once pointed out, the sound is difficult to ignore. Even when the radio's on. Maybe that's just a fixation thing. I'm no psychologist.
Anyway, it still blows cold and works fine, just makes a noise.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor