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Old 05-17-2010, 04:40 PM   #1
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Just got a 2002 Kia Sportage to use as my toad, 5 speed manual. Owners manual says to tow 400 miles and then stop and run the motor a few minutes and not to tow over 55 mph. This is a manual 5 speed, what will stopping at 400 miles and running the motor a few minutes do, and only 55 mph? The 400 miles doesn't bother me, but the 55 mph sux. Should I get rid of this thing or just tow it as I want. Sounds like Kia is playing a little CYA. Is anyone towing this vehicle. Thanks for your help.
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Pete,
I have a 1995 Kia Sportage, SOHC, 5 speed manual, 4WD that I have been towing for 5 yrs now and tow it at 60 mph (I don't go faster than that when I'm not towing) and I haven't had any problems. The 400 mile thing doesn't bother me because I don't drive that far each day so when I stop for the day I just go ahead and start the thing for a few minutes, I agree with you I think it is a CYA thing but is so easy to do. I have all the maintenance manuals and can't find anything related to running the engine when towing but hope a "car guy" will answer your post.
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Ron I don't have a problem with the 400 miles either. But the 55 is a problem. I will tow at 60-65. Thanks
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From the 2002 FMCA Towing guide:
Manual Transmission

*Sportage 4x2
Rear-wheel drive *55 mph/400 mi


**Sportage 4x4

Part-time 4WD 55 mph/None


*Sportage 4x2: After 400 miles, start the engine and allow it to idle for several minutes to ensure proper lubrication of internal transmission parts.
**Sportage 4x4: The transfer case and transmission must be shifted into the “neutral” position before towing.

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Hopefully 60-65 and stop every 200-250 will work. I'll find out.
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Is anyone towing a Kia Sportage

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