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Old 04-12-2015, 11:56 AM   #1
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Question 2001 Kia Sportage - Towing

Hi All. I am in a bit of a conundrum here! I purchased a 2001 Kia Sportage 4wd to tow behind my motorhome. The fellow that I purchased it from towed it 4 wheels down, with the transmission in neutral and the same for the transfer case. He traveled across Canada thus. However when I read the manual it talks about putting the transfer case in 2h. Anyone else with the same vehicle and what did you do? Thanks!

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Old 04-14-2015, 03:57 PM   #2
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I read through the manual and Kia cautions about towing it for any distance. I did see the recommendation to tow with the transfer case in 2H and 55 mph/50 mile limit. You are of course not under warranty, so what you do with the vehicle is on you, not Kia.

Remco is a pretty reliable company, they list your vehicle: "2001 Kia Sportage Base, 4DR 4WD I-4 2.0L cyl 4 Speed Automatic 03-72LE/RE4E01A

Must be towed using a trailer"

Store : Remco

Parked on a flat space, put the transmission and transfer case in neutral. Try pushing the car by hand and see if you can detect transmission motion. You could also try towing it for a short distance and then checking the transmission temperature by putting hand or IR remote sensing thermometer aimed at the case.

If you really trust the previous owner, tow it for a long trip and see.

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