Question about 2004 Kia Sorento
I used 4WD Low in a snow storm and now it won't switch off to any other setting. The light stays on for FWD Low but the little drive indicator is not showing. Any ideas?
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!
Posted on Mar 12, 2009
Usually the vehicle needs to be stopped and in Nuetral. Flip switch to 4X4 HIGH firts. It should come off. If it does not, put in drive and start moving slowly. Once in 4X4 HIGH you should have no problems going back and forth from 4X2 and 4X4 HIGH.
It's not necessary to use the 4X4 LOW setting in a snow storm in my opinion. I only use it if I'm off road going up a really steep grade or if I'm hauling something heavy up a hill. I only used it once because I was hauling a 26 foot pontoon boat out of the water. I strongly recommend using 4X4 in a snow storm or on slippery surfaces since you will get much better traction.
Posted on Feb 06, 2009
Pulling up on the emergency brake with the button held in worked for me. But in nuetral, not reverse, it didn't work in reverse. Who knows, different vehicles may be different. Car running, but stopped, knob point to 2wd. Yea!
Posted on Feb 13, 2010
I'm so thankful that I came across dac157's and little potter's answers. I had the same problem, stuck in 4WD Low, after being stuck in a snowbank, just about to call the mechanic to make an appointment, and looked here as a last effort. I started the engine, popped it down into Neutral with emergency brake on, revved the engine, and heard the 4WD disengage. Thank you so much for saving me $ and time!! I am so thankful!
Posted on Jan 01, 2013
What worked for me was the turn the car on, pull the emergency break, put in neutral and rev the engine a bit. Kicked it back down to 2wd low. Thanks everyone! Saved me $$$
Posted on Jan 21, 2011
I think you also need to make sure your wheels are relatively straight when you try to switch back.
Posted on Aug 24, 2017
What worked for me was the turn the car on, pull the emergency break, put in neutral and rev the engine a bit. Kicked it back down to 2wd low. Thanks everyone!
Posted on Sep 22, 2015
Thank you so #3. Been trying to figure out problem for 10 days. Putting neutral and putting emergency brake on did it immediately. Be sure in neutral not park. Tried that before.
Posted on Jan 23, 2015
This is not answer....I got the same problem with my sorento. I try solution as advised by Answer no.3.....thank you so much. Problem solved n my weekend is saved.
Posted on Sep 28, 2014
If its real cold out put the car in a warm place let it sit 4 6 to 10 hrs to see if its just froozen it happened 2 me before n this worked
Posted on Jan 18, 2009
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