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Sportage(Edit)

Part-time all wheel drive. WARN vacuum-operated front wheel hubs, similar to Ford Explorer and Ranger. Rear corporate solid axle with a clutch-type limited slip differential.

Figure: Kia Sportage front differential
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Figure: Kia Sportage rear differential
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Sportage III (2010 -...)(Edit)

"Dynamax" AWD system by "Magna International Inc."

Source 1: http://www.magna.com/media/press-releases-news/news-page/2010/07/13/kia-launches-new-dynamax—awd-system-for-sportage

Source 2: http://www.sae.org/mags/aei/8707/

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Sorento 2002-...(Edit)

button-operated Part-time all wheel drive. Optional Torque on Demand automatic all wheel drive system. Limited-slip rear differential on LX model (needs verification).

Figure: Kia Sorento front axle
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Figure: Kia Sorento rear axle
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Figure: Kia Sorento transfer box
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NOTE: 2002-2008 depending on trim level: Sorento XS or XE packages have different 4wd systems:

— 2002/03 trim levels: Base LX, EX, EX(lux package) —

— 2004-2008 trim levels: Base XE, XS, XT —

XS (04/08)- Only come with a switchable (Auto AWD /4lo) 'Torque on Demand' automatic all wheel drive system; Allowing the driver to select between: Auto AWD - usually rear wheel drive it automatically directs power to the front wheels for improved traction, and 4WD-Lo for low-range gear transmission, (This TOC awd was also an optional extra with the 02/03 EX 'luxury package')

XE (04/08)- Came with (2WD/4WD-Hi/4WD-LO) switch. A Part-time all wheel drive * *. Allowing the driver to select between: 2WD (Rear wheel drive), 4WD-HI for hi-range gear transmission, and 4WD-Lo for low-range gear transmission,

* * It should also be noted that Kias 'Part-time' AWD system '4WD-Hi/4WD-LO' lacked a Central differential, (or its equivalent mechanism) and should not be used on normal road conditions)

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Sorento 2009-Present(Edit)

— 2009-present trim levels: Base LX, EX and SX. —

Optional for the LX and EX (on V6 engine choices), and standard for the SX and SXL trims. Is a 'Torque On Demand' all-wheel-drive system with Torque Vectoring Cornering Control technology. The system drives the front wheels under normal conditions, and automatically directs power to the rear wheels for improved traction in slippery conditions or when tackling corners.

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There are 3 comments
Charles Haynes
December 16, 2014 - 11:44

I have a 2015 KIA sorento awd it has locked up two time what is causing this to happen

Kevin
December 06, 2014 - 13:06

Hi . My 2004 Kia sorento lx has the switch from 2 wd to 4 wd and 4 low. This year ( 200 000 km) will not switch from 2 to 4 wd. I have taken it to a mechanic and he was able to engage it with an air compressor. After changing the air pump the front diff would not engage. He suspects it is the diaphragm/ bladder that the pump is filling is worn and not sealing properly. He believes it would be to expensive to replace these parts. Is this correct? How difficult would it be to switch these worn vacuume parts out. The rest of the vehicle is fine. Really only need it in the winter. Need the 4x4. Thank you for your input.

piggiu
February 22, 2013 - 12:04

Kia Sportage III (2010-> ) : "Dynamax" AWD system by "Magna International Inc."
Source 1: www.magna.com
Source 2: www.sae.org

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