Question about 2000 Kia Sportage
I have a 2000 kia sportage. manual transmission. rear wheel drive just recently i noticed that the H is lit up when i engage the 4 wheel drive, but it's not on. my back tires spin and the front does nothing. i couldn't even go up a simple hill. is there a manual way to engage it, or will i have to take it to get serviced.
Sportages uses a vacuum system to lock front hubs - turn the wheels all the way to one side, then look from behind the wheel on the side you are turning 'from" There should be a rubber hose from the vacuum fitting near the wheel opening from the engine compartment to the wheel itself. If these are damages or disconnected, the front axles will engage into 4wd but the hubs will not lock and the front wheels will not be driven by the axles.
Posted on Mar 15, 2009
Solution 2 is wrong and expensive im sorry. solution one is right. all you need to do is replace the line and you should be good to go. but consider these lines regular maintenance. if you want something stronger that will handle the abuse of offroading try the warn manual replacement hubs.
Posted on Mar 18, 2009
Mr drift is wrong as he claims number two is. Solution one and two both are correct. First check solution two,make sure the vacuum lines are connected. If so move to solution one to the bearing seals. The vacuum has to stay sealed off in the wheel hub or it will not lock in. To manually lock them disassymble the locker cap. Move the locker spring to the outside of the washer and reassymble. Permanent manual lock has been achieved. So the guy who wrote solution two should learn how things work before opening his mouth.
Posted on Mar 04, 2012
The problem is the frount wheel bearings and seals are going bad and need to be replaced
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Best and cheapest to fix is to replace vacuum lockers with manual lockers. It is easy to do. Only 6 bolts per front wheel. This is the most trusted way of 100% engagement.
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