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Re: READ FIRST IF YOUR 4WD DOES NOT WORK [Re: 4x4troy] #615885 06/06/12 08:17 PM
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4x4troy Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
this is the hubs i have. i lock them in and put it in gear and in 4x4 and the front axles do not move...they are locked in. but the front tires do not spin. do ya'll think my hubs could be bad?

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Last edited by 4x4troy; 06/06/12 08:17 PM.

1995 Kia sportage 4x4 2.0 dohc auto...Mine

2000 kia sportage 4x4 2.0 dohc 5spd...Melissa's

2002 Kia sportage 2wd 2.0 doch 5 spd...parts truck
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Re: READ FIRST IF YOUR 4WD DOES NOT WORK [Re: 4x4troy] #615886 06/06/12 10:07 PM
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Peabody Offline
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The hub locks may be stuck and unable to engage. That can happen if the grease is gunked up or gone. They are easy to disassemble. Just remove the 6 bolts (10 mm) and pull the locking mechanism to have a look inside. If I recall correctly, there's a flat snap-ring inside that retains the guts and spring. They are very simple. If the grease looks fouled (assuming it's still there), you might want to look at the hub and wheel bearings. Hope that helps... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />


1997 Sportage 4x4, auto-trans, Warn manual hubs, 4" UPYOURKIA front lift, TJ 106AA rear springs, 2-5/8" body lift, 31x10.50 treads, SmittyBilt SRC front and XRC rear bumper, swing-out tire mount, OBX LSD front diff, Track Finder rear locker, 5.38 R&Ps and... really crappy gas mileage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />
Re: READ FIRST IF YOUR 4WD DOES NOT WORK [Re: Peabody] #615887 06/06/12 10:10 PM
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4x4troy Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
thanks, i will check that out


1995 Kia sportage 4x4 2.0 dohc auto...Mine

2000 kia sportage 4x4 2.0 dohc 5spd...Melissa's

2002 Kia sportage 2wd 2.0 doch 5 spd...parts truck
Re: READ FIRST IF YOUR 4WD DOES NOT WORK [Re: 4x4troy] #615888 06/14/12 08:57 PM
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4x4troy Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
repacked the hubs and 4x4 works great now...thanks a bunch


1995 Kia sportage 4x4 2.0 dohc auto...Mine

2000 kia sportage 4x4 2.0 dohc 5spd...Melissa's

2002 Kia sportage 2wd 2.0 doch 5 spd...parts truck
Re: READ FIRST IF YOUR 4WD DOES NOT WORK [Re: Axe Man] #615889 05/13/13 02:00 AM
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axl498 Offline
Need a Spot
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="" />

Re: READ FIRST IF YOUR 4WD DOES NOT WORK [Re: axl498] #615890 05/20/13 07:33 PM
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homerdog Offline
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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.
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Re: READ FIRST IF YOUR 4WD DOES NOT WORK [Re: homerdog] #615891 03/03/14 04:28 PM
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Vigbert Offline
Need a Spot
Just want to thank all responsible for this thread! I bought an '02 last summer. When I "tested" the 4WD on the dry pavement (I have other 4WD vehicles, so I did slow, sharp turns in both 4WD modes) it seemed to work.

Of course, the first time I needed it this winter, no go. My research led me here. I ordered the WARN manual hubs via Amazon, they arrived in 3 days, and, once I realized I didn't need to do anything other than remove the 6 bolts and swap parts (my originals hubs are the vacuum-assist automatics), the procedure took less than 15 mins! I spent more time trying to find my snap-out pliers (that weren't even needed because the snap ring stays put) than swapping the hubs!

It was the least effort/difficulty for greatest improvement of a vehicle I've ever done! So, thanks again! I suggest everyone do this very easy procedure and never again worry about your 4WD engaging. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

Re: READ FIRST IF YOUR 4WD DOES NOT WORK [Re: homerdog] #615892 03/04/14 02:00 AM
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axl498 Offline
Need a Spot
So, both front wheels should spin with it lifted? It's not some sort of limited slip thing? Still planning on installing locking hubs, it's just that "life happened" as it sometimes will and I haven't gotten around to it.

Re: READ FIRST IF YOUR 4WD DOES NOT WORK [Re: axl498] #615893 03/04/14 06:14 AM
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Peabody Offline
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Both the front and rear diffs have open carriers on most stock Sporties. Some of the rear axles came with clutch LSDs. But I think most were special order or came with an upper-end package. That said, the open carriers only transfer power to one wheel on the axle. So I think the stock configuration is 4 wheel drive with 2 wheels pushin'. But I could be wrong... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/baby.gif" alt="" />


1997 Sportage 4x4, auto-trans, Warn manual hubs, 4" UPYOURKIA front lift, TJ 106AA rear springs, 2-5/8" body lift, 31x10.50 treads, SmittyBilt SRC front and XRC rear bumper, swing-out tire mount, OBX LSD front diff, Track Finder rear locker, 5.38 R&Ps and... really crappy gas mileage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />
Re: READ FIRST IF YOUR 4WD DOES NOT WORK [Re: Peabody] #615894 03/06/14 05:14 PM
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axl498 Offline
Need a Spot
I did a search for locking hubs for my 2001 sportage and some non-Warn stuff came up along with the Warn stuff. Has anybody tried any brands other than Warn and does the 4wd on the kia really make any difference when it is working properly? I'm moving to a snowy climate and even though the snow season is coming to a close I'm curious if the warn locking hubs will make enough difference to warrant installing them? Basically, is the 4wd in the kia worth a damn when it's working or if I install the locking hubs am I just going to get one more wheel spinning in the front in addition to the back that already spins every time it snows.

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