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What does it mean?
Mechanically? Belt?
Electronically? Climate control unit?
Or electrically? Relay?
 
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My 2011 Forte Service manual only shows the belt routing with an AC compressor. Although Kia lists a belt for non-AC Fortes - I've never seen a Forte without an AC compressor. Did Kia sell Fortes without AC?
 

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I get what you're wanting to do - but I don't see how you could because of the way the alternator and idler is positioned:

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I don't know if this would work:

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You could run a string around the red areas, measure the string, and then get a belt that size and try it.

Might work temporarily - but I'd bet the alternator would slip.
 

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Kia does show a belt for non-ac Fortes...maybe up North you could check wrecking yards, however you'd probably spend as much as a new clutch/pulley assembly:

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The sound may be the clutch/pulley bearing - so replacing that might stop your noise.

I just have never seen a non-ac Forte - so I have no idea how they set up the serpentine belt pulley system.

Are you sure it is the compressor making noise - and not an idler pulley?

If the compressor IS making the noise have you disconnected the wires to the clutch to see if that would shut it up?
 
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