Rear wheel drive or AWD

10

Asked by Oct 22, 2016 at 07:32 PM about the 2005 Kia Sorento EX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2005 KIA Sorento EX. It drives
horribly on the slightest slippery road. The
4wd selector only has 4Low. The 4wd
doesn't seem to be working properly as
the tires begin to spin as soon as it is
engaged without giving any gas and gives
no better traction whatsoever. (The light
comes on and you can hear it engage). My
question is, does this model have AWD
that is possibly not working properly or is it
just rear wheel drive? I replaced all 4 tires
thinking that was the problem but didn't
help.

13 Answers

35,045

Make sure you read the owners manual for instructions on using 4wd. If you don't have the right tires 4wd has limited value. For slippery roads make sure your tires are rated for snow and ice. What tires are spinning? All four or just the rear tires?

35,045

I doubt that you have manually locking hubs but if you do then the 4wd will not work until you get out of the car and turn the hub locks.

10

I did read the manual. It doesn't say anything about manually locking hubs. It does have to be stopped and in Neutral to engage which I did. I can't remember as it's been since last winter but I believe it was just the rear tires spinning. I thought it was very unusual for the tires to spin without giving it any gas. The 4wd is not my main concern though since it only has 4Low. My question is does this model have AWD that possibly isn't working right or at all. It feels like it's only rear wheel. I can spin the back tires on wet pavement without even trying. Tires are brand new. I can't afford to take it to a KIA dealer and I've had it in 2 different shops a total of 3 times and been told different things every time. I feel like nobody knows anything about this car.

35,045

I can guarantee that if your car is 4wd that is also has a 4-high range. It is possible that your front wheels are not locking in due to a defective transfer case or a problem with the actuator that locks the hubs in for you. If you have to stop and put the car in neutral then I can say for certain that you have a real 4wd, not an AWD car. Maybe this forum will help you -----http://www.kia- forums.com/2003-2010-sorento-forum/56017-4-wheel-drive-wont- engage.html

35,045

This is a more technical explanation of your cars 4wd system ----- http://www.awdwiki.com/en/kia/

35,045

If you can spin the tires on wet pavement without trying then I suspect you have summer tires, not mud and snow tires. Look for the little snow flake symbol on the side wall. What tires do you have exactly?

10

The knob reads 4low and auto. So you're saying when in auto the 4wd should engage automatically when a tire slips?

35,045

I don't have a copy of your owners manual to read so I suggest you re-read the section on 4wd carefully. I do suspect your car has a problem with the 4wd actuator which I believe is vacuum operated. If the knob has an "auto" function then it should lock in 4wd when the tires spin. In 4wd low it should be in 4wd all the time.

10

The tires are Dextero DHT2. Says they are all season. I looked at the manual again and there are 2 models. One with part-time 4wd and 1 with full-time 4wd which is what mine is.

10

I guess I need to find a 3rd mechanic:/

35,045

The tires are probably OK so you should have your mechanic check the actuator that locks in the front axles/4wd. Good luck.

10

Ok thanks for your help!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
35,045

That your car drives horribly on wet roads is evidence that you need better tires. Your tires are a cheap WalMart brand so you may want to also buy some quality tires rated for good wet traction. The tires and the 4wd are two separate issues though. Good luck again!

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Can I disable the all wheel drive on my 2014 Kia Sorento 1 answer

    2014 Kia Sorento LX AWD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2005 AWD Sorento with noise in driver side front end. 1 answer

    When driving the Sorento it sounds like the front wheel(drivers side) is going to come off. Have had it in the shop several times and the techs say nothing is wrong. When they drive it they say they...

    2005 Kia Sorento

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 4wd TOD not working 1 answer

    Have a 04 Kia Sorrento. Has AWD with a 4wd Low lock in knob, TOD, at left side of steering wheel. 4WD Low will not engage. WHen turning on car, the 4wd system illuminates on dash then goes off as it...

    2004 Kia Sorento EX 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Vibration at certain speeds 38 answers

    Hi All, I posted the following question several days ago, but have had no replies. Is there no one monitoring this site, or does no one know the answer? Front end vibration Posted by: arizonabob - Jul...

    2006 Kia Sorento LX

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Where can I find out if my 2012 Sorento SX has four wheel or front wheel drive? 2 answers

    Sorry to ask a dumb question but I cannot find it in any of the paperwork we received. The vehicle does not do well in the snow!

    Kia Sorento

    -

    General

Sorento

Looking for a Used Sorento in your area?

CarGurus has 34,551 nationwide Sorento listings starting at $1,999.

ZIP:

Search Kia Sorento Questions

Kia Sorento Experts

#1 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 490
#2 griprim12
griprim12
Reputation 390
#3 roc622
roc622
Reputation 330
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Hyundai Santa Fe
396 Great Deals out of 14,776 listings starting at $1,000
Used Kia Sportage
203 Great Deals out of 14,502 listings starting at $2,350
Used Toyota Highlander
712 Great Deals out of 28,052 listings starting at $2,988
Used Honda CR-V
1,329 Great Deals out of 73,489 listings starting at $1,068
Used Ford Explorer
1,506 Great Deals out of 74,242 listings starting at $985
Used Honda Pilot
638 Great Deals out of 20,866 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Equinox
1,788 Great Deals out of 71,463 listings starting at $1,750
Used Kia Optima
571 Great Deals out of 30,472 listings starting at $1,250
Used Toyota RAV4
1,146 Great Deals out of 56,634 listings starting at $1,999
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,175 Great Deals out of 71,083 listings starting at $495
Used Kia Sedona
139 Great Deals out of 8,922 listings starting at $1,300
Used Ford Escape
1,700 Great Deals out of 87,251 listings starting at $995
Used Nissan Murano
508 Great Deals out of 22,575 listings starting at $1,499

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Kia Sorento EX For Sale
731 listings starting at $25,120
2016 Kia Sorento EX For Sale
277 listings starting at $21,450
2015 Kia Sorento EX For Sale
103 listings starting at $16,977
2014 Kia Sorento EX For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 148 listings starting at $10,995
2013 Kia Sorento EX For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 183 listings starting at $10,995