Hi, I have a KIA Sorento 4x4 and the 4WD LOW indicator light comes on from time to time by it's self. I live in Seattle and we just got a BAD snow storm, so naturally I went to use the 4wd, and it won't enguage. Only the back wheels are spinning. Any thought's as to what may be happening? ie - Transfer case fluid? Bad switch?
Always make sure that whenever you engage into and out of 4x4, your gear lever is on N and not P.
so to reset it in now, switch on your engine with the hand brake up. set the gear lever to N, turn the knob to 4x4 Hi... wait 10 secs....switch it back to 2Hi...wait 10 secs and then return the gear lever to P and it should be ok.
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Could be anything electrical or even mechanical but without a good look myself i honestly couldnt tell you ,if its not going into low then i would check the output from the switch first then work along the line to the operating solonoid .no hard and fast rule here just a process of eliminaqtion to find the fault
I believe your transmision gone bad and needs replacment or rebuild, Unless this a 4wd modelSsorento, if so, you have your 4wd turn on and on the low 4wd side in Lx models if this is a 4wd sorento ex, equipped with the auto/low 4wd knob. You might have the knob, or accidently shift the knob to the (low 4x4) position, and if you do, then the car is set only to run on the first gear for max tranction and to prevent your differential from overheating. This knob is located on your left side of the steering wheel, and if turned to the 4wd postion, it needs to be in the auto or 2wd poistion.
IF THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THIS LIGHT HAS EVER COME ON, AND YOU HAVENT BEEN PUTTING THE 4WD UNDER ANY STRESS, IT MAY JUST BE A LOW FLUID LVL IN THE TRANSNFER CASE. IF FLUID LVL IS FINE THEN THE SENSOR THAT SCREWS INTO THE TRANSFER CASE HAS TAKEN A DUMP, REPLACE, AND THE LIGHT SHOULD GO OUT AFTER THE ENGINE RUNS A CYCLE. MAKE SURE THAT THE 4WD ISNT PARTIALY ENGUAGED, PUT THE TRUCK IN 4WD AND DRIVE A FEW BLOCKS THEN STOP DISENGUAGE AND SEE IF THAT WORKS..
Your switch motor may be stuck at the transfer case. I never switch in or out of 4wd unless I have pulled over and come to a complete stop. Try switching the unit into low 4wd and out again waiting as you move from low to high to auto.
The 1st time my 04 Sorento got stuck in 4WD low it was towed to dealership & they claimed it was the switch. Six months later, while on a camping trip, got stuck again. The local tow truck driver saved me hundreds of dollars in towing costs. Put it in reverse for at least 10-20 feet. That's it! He said that he found this to be a common problem. I later asked my dealership why they failed to mention this solution to me. They replied that they thought I knew! Spread to word!