How do I remove the rear drive shaft of my Sportage for towing behind a motorhome?


Asked by Feb 28, 2009 at 03:04 PM about the 2001 Kia Sportage EX 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair


I have a 2001 Sportage 4WD Limited Edition.  I need to tow it behind my motorhome for 750 miles on a two-wheel car dolly.  The owner's manual states that the rear drive shaft should be removed if the vehicle will exceed 28 MPH and/or 50 miles.  Can anyone provide me with information on how to do this?  Or, a link to instructions for doing this.

Thanks for any help.


3 Answers


Hello, I have the same situation, Did you ever get the answer/instructions on hot to do this? If so will you past them onto me please... Thanks in advance


If you look at your at your driveshaft it should have a flange at both ends. There are 4 small bolts on each flange. Take these bolts out and push the driveshaft back from transmission, it will come out.


you don't need to remove the drive shaft, just put the rear wheels on the dolly and lock the steering wheel so the wheels are straight then you can tow it and the rear wheels won't turn causing damage to transmission BUT MAKE SURE STEERING WHEEL IS LOCKED WITH WHEELS STRAIGHT!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions


Looking for a Used Sportage in your area?

CarGurus has 15,203 nationwide Sportage listings starting at $950.


Search Kia Sportage Questions

Kia Sportage Experts

#1 dandyoun
Reputation 390
#2 Mike Salas
Mike Salas
Reputation 240
#3 FordNut
Reputation 180
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota RAV4"
1,184 Great Deals out of 48,701 listings starting at $2,495
Used Honda CR-V"
1,563 Great Deals out of 80,336 listings starting at $1,695
Used Ford Escape"
1,714 Great Deals out of 94,366 listings starting at $500
Used Hyundai Santa Fe"
618 Great Deals out of 35,470 listings starting at $800
Used Kia Optima"
617 Great Deals out of 31,763 listings starting at $1,000
Used Subaru Forester"
345 Great Deals out of 19,349 listings starting at $1,099
Used Jeep Cherokee"
386 Great Deals out of 52,979 listings starting at $2,495

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Kia Sportage For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 9,590 listings starting at $18,015
2016 Kia Sportage For Sale
31 Great Deals out of 930 listings starting at $13,843
2015 Kia Sportage For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 774 listings starting at $12,890
2014 Kia Sportage For Sale
33 Great Deals out of 690 listings starting at $10,400
2013 Kia Sportage For Sale
42 Great Deals out of 815 listings starting at $8,750