When I engage the 4 wheel drive of my 1998 Kia sportage the dash indicator light says that it is in but it doesn't act like it is in. What could be the problem? Could there be a vacum hose that has come loose?
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I found the same problem on my sportage, it was the vacuum tubes behind the wheels that were split. Put the car on full lock and jackit up and you should see the tubes.A simple job to do, just get some silicon vacuum tube off ebay (I think it was 6mm bore but it is not critical as long as you can fit it over the connecting tubes.
On small shift behinde gear lever there is 3 settings. H4 = 4 wheel drive high range, L4 = 4 wheel drive low range, h2 = 2 wheel drive high range. as soon as jou engage to 4 wheel drive a green light on the dash board will appear to indicate that the car is in 4 wheel drive. if not check fuse - check air pipes at front wheels. Enjoy Willem Sa
fuses relays in engine compartment or in dash board . look at transfer case look for vacuum lines or electric lines.its probably electric. because most 4 wheel drive uses electric motors.99 up to 2009s model.
That light sounds like a differential lock or 4-wheel drive. This is usually found in 4-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. Being the light is "GREEN" and not amber or red tells me that it's not an abnormal problem.
Look around your dashboard or gearshifter for a button labeled 4x4 HI, 4x4 LO, 4x2 HI. sport/off road button, or a second, smaller shifter. Switch them around a little, and if it is a 4x4 selector, be sure when you drive on paved roads to have it set to 4x2 HI. 4x4 HI should only be used if you get stuck to help you get out (snow/mud) and 4x4 LO is only for off road driving (trail blazing/rock climbing/4-wheeling/mud bogging,etc.)
Also, check for any switches labled "DIFF LOCK" or 'AXLE LOCK". In most cars a green light is normal operations.
I hope I could help you find a solution to your problem.