Kia Sportage: Towing
If emergency towing is necessary, we recommend having it done by an authorized Kia dealer or a commercial tow-truck service. Proper lifting and towing procedures are necessary to prevent damage to the vehicle. The use of wheel dollies or flatbed is recommended. For trailer towing guidelines information, refer to section 5 вЂњDriving TipsвЂќ.
On 4WD vehicles, your vehicle must be towed with a wheel lift and dollies or flatbed equipment with all the wheels off the ground.
On 2WD vehicles, it is acceptable to tow the vehicle with the rear wheels on the ground (without dollies) and the front wheels off the ground. When being towed by a commercial tow truck and wheel dollies are not used, the front of the vehicle should always be lifted, not the rear.
NOTICE вЂў Do not tow the vehicle backwards with the front wheels on the ground as this may cause damage to the vehicle. вЂў Do not tow with sling-type equipment. Use wheel lift or flatbed equipment.
When towing your vehicle in an emergency without wheel dollies : 1. Set the ignition switch in the ACC position. 2. Place the transaxle shift lever in N (Neutral). 3. Release the parking brake.
NOTICE Failure to place the transaxle shift lever in N (Neutral) may cause internal damage to the transaxle.
Towing with a vehicle other than a tow truck If towing is necessary, we recommend you to have it done by an Authorized Kia dealer or a commercial tow truck service. If towing service is not available in an emergency, your vehicle may be temporarily towed using a cable or chain secured to the emergency towing hook under the front or rear of the vehicle. Use extreme caution when towing the vehicle. A driver must be in the vehicle to steer it and operate the brakes. Towing in this manner may be done only on hard-surfaced roads for a short distance and at low speeds. Also, the wheels, axles, power train, steering and brakes must all be in good condition. вЂў Do not use the tow hooks to pull a vehicle out of mud, sand or other conditions from which the vehicle cannot be driven out under its own power. вЂў Avoid towing a vehicle heavier than the vehicle doing the towing.]
NOTICE вЂў Attach a towing strap to the tow hook. вЂў Using a portion of the vehicle other than the tow hooks for towing may damage the body of your vehicle. вЂў Use only a cable or chain specifically intended for use in towing vehicles. Securely fasten the cable or chain to the towing hook provided.
вЂў Before emergency towing, check that the hook is not broken or damaged. вЂў Fasten the towing cable or chain securely to the hook. вЂў Do not jerk the hook. Apply steady and even force. вЂў To avoid damaging the hook, do not pull from the side or at a vertical angle. Always pull straight ahead.
CAUTION Use extreme caution when towing the vehicle. вЂў Avoid sudden starts or erratic driving maneuvers which would place excessive stress on the emergency towing hook and towing cable or chain. The hook and towing cable or chain may break and cause serious injury or damage. вЂў If the towing vehicle can hardly move, do not forcibly continue the towing. Contact an Authorized Kia dealer or a commercial tow truck service for assistance. вЂў Tow the vehicle as straight ahead as possible. вЂў Keep away from the vehicle during towing.
вЂў Use a towing strap less than 5 m (16 feet) long. Attach a white or red cloth (about 30 cm (12 inches) wide) in the middle of the strap for easy visibility. вЂў Drive carefully so that the towing strap is not loosened during towing. When your vehicle is being towed by another vehicle other than a tow truck (in case of an emergency) вЂў Turn the ignition switch to ACC so the steering wheel isnвЂ™t locked. вЂў Place the transaxle shift lever in N (Neutral). вЂў Release the parking bake. вЂў Vehicles equipped with automatic transaxles should not exceed 45 km/h (28 mph) and should not be towed more than 80 km (50 miles). вЂў Vehicles equipped with manual transaxle should not be towed in excess of 88 km/h (55 mph) and should not be towed more than 645 km (400 miles). вЂў Press the brake pedal with more force than normal since you will have reduced brake performance. вЂў More steering effort will be required because the power steering system will be disabled. вЂў If you are driving down a long hill, the brakes may overheat and brake performance will be reduced. Stop often and let the brakes cool off.
NOTICE To prevent internal damage to the transaxle, never tow your vehicle from the rear (backwards) with all four tires in contact with the surface.
Tips for towing a stuck vehicle The following methods are effective when your vehicle is stuck in mud, sand or similar substances that prevent the vehicle from being driven out under its own power. вЂў Remove the soil and sand, etc. from the front and the back of the tires. вЂў Place a stone or wood under the tires.
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