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Just to tell you guys that the Aircon compressor in my 2007 low mileage Sportage became noisy in operation (developed a soft grinding noise that goes away when I turn the compressor off), and had to be replaced. Diagnosis was the bearings were going bad. It was a throw-away unit - can't be rebuilt like the older ones I'd owned before. Contrast this to my 1998 Honda CRV with more than 100,000 km with the original aircon compressor still.
 

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My air conditioning just started becoming intermittent. It's always had a loud "clunky" compressor to which the dealer said was normal.

Within the last week, there's been a small puddle of clear oily fluid under the sportage where water from the AC usually drips.

Could this be from the AC compressor? I just had an oil change at Mr. Lube and they reported no leaks underneath.
 
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