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I think most of us have seen the new Telluride commercial on TV. My question is, would you drive your Sportage like they do in the commercial? Off the top of my head our manual says not to turn quickly and some other warnings about driving in AWD Lock. I have never needed it yet but have tried it a couple of times for a real short time and driving straight forward.


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This means literally "We are showing you this awesome and crazy driving, but if you actually do this with one of our cars, it will break immediately."
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I believe the AWD Lock disengages at 30Km/Hr (about 18 MPH), so it's basically for low-speed assist. Above 20 MPH, you're on your own. LOL

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Just bought a 2019 Sportage EX the other night, with AWD. I'm new to this allwheel drive stuff, I just presumed it was full-time AWD. I need to read the owners manual because I should know if it needs to be engaged/disengaged, or what ….
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Of course I know it was a closed course etc. but that was not my question.
I also know how it disengages etc. but that was not my question.
There are many places in Colorado where I could safely drive like the commercial.

I was asking more about driving that aggressively in AWD Lock. Of course the normal
way I would use this is to get unstuck or starting slowing in straight line in adverse conditions.
I'm assuming the Telluride has the same AWD drive system as my SX and my question was
would driving like in the commercial damage the system?



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It is not a transfer case lock, like in a truck with 4WD. It’s a differential lock.

If there are conditions for the tires to slip, there would be no risk to the system. If you read the manual, it warns against running AWD lock on solid, dry pavement. I have run in lock on snow covered roads, with curves. That is what it is made for. Low traction situations where you know you want power distributed without waiting for the computer to figure out that there is slipping
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I think most of us have seen the new Telluride commercial on TV. My question is, would you drive your Sportage like they do in the commercial? Off the top of my head our manual says not to turn quickly and some other warnings about driving in AWD Lock. I have never needed it yet but have tried it a couple of times for a real short time and driving straight forward.
No, I would not drive my $32 K vehicle in that pig slop unless trying to escape from
the zombie apocalypse! Joke aside, no. I don't think you could ever get all the mud off
of the undercarriage. All that mud and slop may migrate into seals or bearings creating issues
down the road. I wonder if a dealership could deny warranty based on this type of customer abuse.
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No, I would not drive my $32 K vehicle in that pig slop unless trying to escape from
the zombie apocalypse! Joke aside, no. I don't think you could ever get all the mud off
of the undercarriage. All that mud and slop may migrate into seals or bearings creating issues
down the road. I wonder if a dealership could deny warranty based on this type of customer abuse.

I agree about the mud but how about some good ole rocky mountain snow.

I was also wondering about the warranty issue. If I ever did do it I would not come close to the speed where it would disengage.

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Your fine in the snow. But don't expect miracles. This is not a F250 AWD Offroad truck. Easy to get this vehicle hung up. Not a lot of ground clearance.
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