Hello, I'm New - Kia Sorento questions
Hello there, Hope you don't mind a newbie asking for advice, but I found this forum while searching for information on our 4wd system & limited slip diff.
We bought our sorento last year and love it, however have a couple of questions we can't find a difinitive answer to in the handbook.
Ours is a 53 plate 2.5l manual xs. We have a knob on the right hand side of the dash with 'auto' & 'low' on it.
We believe that when the knob is at 'auto' that the car automatically selects 4wd to 2wd etc, and when the knob is at 'lo' it would be in low range, with limited slip diff, we use this mostly for manouvering in deep snow/ice/mud or manouvering my horsebox about the yard, to save the clutch.
Now in Lo box, when we turn sharp or slip on mud or ice, the wheels sometimes jerk, which we assume is something to do with the limited slip diff forcing the wheels to 'catch up' if they turn at different speeds to gain traction. We aren't too worried about this.
But, we also notice that when in auto and on full steering lock, say parking (in reverse or forwards) the wheels can also give a similar jerk. It this anything to worry about? Is it because the car has limited slip diff in auto as well and can't cope with the difference in the turning of the wheels when on full lock as such? It's especially noticable if you are going up a small curb or similar.
Would be really grateful if anyone could explain in non technical words what's the deal with our 4wd system and how we should be using it to it's best?
many many thanks.