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2001 kia sportage 4wd

I have a 2001 kia sportage 4dr 4wd and it won't engage on four wheel drive. The light is lite on the dash board that indicates that it is on.

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Replace vacuum hoses they are located just out side shock towers front end

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    I replaced mine with fuel line tubing which is much more durable than the factory replacement tubing.

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KIA sportage has a very weak vacuum system for front hubs, everytime i needed 4X4 it seemed that one vacuum componet or another was broken or disconnected. I finally put on manual WARH hubs myself, very easy and no more problems. under $120.00

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I got ripped off by a dealer with a similar problem that came back two weeks later. $2.99 of vacuum hose later I fixed it myself. Check all the vacuum lines for rotted hoses before you fork out 3K and they are easy to do

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