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I have a 2001 Kia Sportage my wife bought new and I'm trying to turn it into a little 4wd toy. After replacing some of the wheel bearings, due to a lovely grinding noise that developed, I put it up on jacks to check on the 4WD. Only the right front and rear wheels spun. So, I'm wondering if this is normal for the sportage or not. I tried finding information about the kia's drive train and differentials, but I didn't have much luck. Anybody have any opinion or advice? I will be installing the Warn manual locking hubs in the future, but I would like to know if the front differential is working correctly or if I need to tear that apart too. Thanks for any help. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />


There may be a vacuum leak on the side not working. I'd put on the Warn hubs first and go from there. Of course once you put on the Warm hubs the vacuum issue goes away.


2001 Sportage, TJ 106's, Everet spacers and bumpstops, Bilstein shocks on the rear, cone filter, Crager wheels, 235-75-15 Goodyear tires. Custom front winch bumper by Dave Scott. Currently DOA, but it is a work in progress.
2011 Kia Forte EX