Hyundai Tucson: Full-time 4WD operation
Engine power can be delivered to all wheels. Full-time 4WD is useful when good traction is required, such as, when driving on slippery, wet or snow-covered roads and when moving out of mud. Your vehicle is not designed for challenging off-road use. Full-time 4WD vehicles are designed primarily to improve traction and performance on paved roads and highways in wet and/or slippery conditions. Occasional offroad use such as established unpaved roads and trails is considered normal use. It is always important when traveling off-highway that the driver carefully reduce their speed to a level that does not exceed the safe operating speed for those conditions. In general, off-road conditions provide less traction and braking effectiveness than on road conditions. These factors must be carefully considered when driving off-road. Keeping the vehicle in contact with the driving surface and under control in these conditions is always the driver's responsibility for the safety of him/herself and his or her passengers.
WARNING: This vehicle is designed primarily for on road use. Driving the vehicle in challenging off-road conditions may result in damage to the vehicle. Driving in conditions that exceed the vehicle's intended design or the driver's experience level may result in severe injury or death.
Driving 4WD Safely
(1)As always, be sure to wear the seat belt. (2)Do not drive in challenging off-road conditions or areas that exceed the vehicle's basic design intent or the driver's experience level. (3)Drive at lower speeds in strong crosswinds. Because of your vehicle's higher center of gravity, its stability will be affected in crosswinds. Slower speeds ensure better vehicle control. (4) Check the brake condition after driving in wet or muddy conditions. Press the brake several times as you move slowly until you feel normal braking forces return. (5) Do not drive the vehicle through water. (i.e. streams, rivers, lakes, etc.) (6) The stopping distance of the full-time 4WD vehicle differs very little from that of the 2WD vehicle. When driving on a snow-covered road or a slippery, muddy surface, make sure that you keep a sufficient distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. (7) Since the driving torque is always applied to all 4 wheels, the performance of the full-time 4WD vehicle is greatly affected by the condition of the tires. Be sure to equip it with four tires of the same size and type. o When replacement of any of the tires or wheels is necessary, replace all of them with tires or wheels of the same size type. o Rotate the tires and check the tire pressure at regular intervals.
WARNING: Your vehicle is equipped with tires designed to provide for safe ride and handling capability. Do not use a size and type of tire and wheel that is different from the one that is originally installed on your vehicle. It can affect the safety and performance of your vehicle, which could lead to handling failure or rollover and serious injury. When replacing the tires, be sure to equip all four tires with the tire and wheel of the same size, type, tread, brand and loadcarrying capacity. If you nevertheless decide to equip your vehicle with any tire/ wheel combination not recommended by Hyundai for off-road driving, you should not use these tires for highway driving.
(8)The full-time 4WD vehicle cannot be towed by an ordinary tow truck. Make sure that the vehicle is towed with all four wheels raised off the ground. o Roadside Assistance Program: Off-roading is not covered. To receive service, the vehicle must be on a publicly maintained road. o If the vehicle is towed with only two wheels raised off the ground, the 4WD system could be damaged. o In unavoidable cases, if the vehicle is being towed with all four wheels on the ground, it should only be towed forward. o While towing, check the following items. 1. The ignition switch is in "ACC" or "ON". 2. Place the shift lever in neutral (For Automatic Transaxle, "N" position). 3. Release the parking brake.
NOTE: To avoid serious damage to your 4WD vehicle, limit towing to 10 mph and not for more than 1 mile at ANY TIME.
(9)For a speedometer test or inspection/maintenance (I/M) program of a Tucson 4WD vehicle, use a four wheel chassis dynamometer.
CAUTION: Never engage the parking brake while performing these tests.
o In rare cases when it's unavoidable that a 4WD vehicle is to be inspected on a 2WD roll tester, strictly follow the procedures. 1. Check the tire pressures recommended for your vehicle. 2. Place the front wheels on the roll tester as shown in the illustration. 3. Release the parking brake. 4. Place the rear wheels on the temporary free roller as shown in the illustration.
WARNING: Keep away from the front of the vehicle while inspecting. This is very dangerous as the vehicle can jump forward and cause serious injury or death.
(10)When using tire chains, always attach them to the front wheels. (11)If the front or rear wheels get stuck in the mud, do not spin them recklessly. The 4WD system could be damaged.
CAUTION: o While the full-time 4WD vehicle is being raised on a jack, never start the engine or cause the tires to rotate. There is danger that rotating tires touching the ground could cause the vehicle to go off the jack and to jump forward. o If one of the front or rear wheels begins to spin in mud, snow, etc., the vehicle can sometimes be driven out by depressing the accelerator pedal further; however, avoid running the engine continuously at high rpm because doing so could damage the 4WD system.
WARNING: o Avoid high cornering speeds. o Do not make quick steering wheel movements, such as sharp lane charges or fast, sharp turns. o The risk of rollover is greatly increased if you lose control of your vehicle at highway speeds. o In a collision, an unbelted person is signicantly more likely to be seriously injured or killed than a person wearing a seat belt. o Loss of control may occurs if two or more wheels drop off the roadway and the driver oversteers to reenter the roadway. o In the event your vehicle leaves the roadway, do not steer sharply. Instead, slow down before pulling back into the travel lanes.
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