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#290 of 720 Re: Kia Sportage 2001 - Transfer Case Exploding [lmp4]
Mar 13, 2008 (1:51 pm)
Hi, thanks so much for the reply. I can assure you that the vehicle was put in four wheel drive during a snow storm. roads were totally snow covered. I was told by the mechanic that when the car was put into four wheel drive something jammed it which caused the transfer case to explode. (we only made it a couple of miles before it exploded) You mentioned something about the hubs being replaced. The two front wheel hubs were replaced (XDL OKO1A3320xB), along with the front left axel and shaft, wheel bearings. If you have any further information which might be helpful, that would be great. Thanks so much for your time.
#291 of 720 Re: Kia Sportage 2001 - Transfer Case Exploding [marika1]
Mar 13, 2008 (6:10 pm)
..if that happened right after the wheel bearing change, I could have suspected the wheel bearing was adjusted too tight..and that can cause a wheel bearing to seize, I've seen it happen... but this is not dependant of running in 4WD..so it should have occurred before...
....just confirm nothing was changed in the front differerential...($1700....that must cover a lot of parts...???_...I can't imagine someone might have replaced the differential with the wrong ratio....which would be relevant of causing havoc as soon as 4WD is engaged...but this would be almost not imaginable....(.I'm just thinking out loud...)
..is it possible the front driving shaft (between t-case and differential) got loose ?
DO you use oversize tires?...
Can you take photos of the underneath?
..??? part number for the hubs are unknown to me...usually the original hubs are changed to Warn auto-mechanical, which involve changing the spindle nuts..the one that keep the bearing properly tight..so this info can be related ..as the spindle nut has to be blocked by a key: if the key was forgotten, there is a possibility that engaging the 4WD would force the spindle nut on right side ...to get tighter and seize the bearing...this is speculation at this point, but I would certainly check if the spindle nut key was properly installed....you should then have felt a sudden braking effect as the bearing seized...
Other than that....I'm left with a freak incident....but... that occurred after work was performed on these components..of course, it leads to thinking there is some connection.....an unwanted number of aircraft accidents or incidents occur just after the plane went through maintenance....so......
At this moment, can you move the vehicle ?
What is the condition of the t-case? is it visibly cracked ?
IN any case, keep us informed of the development...
#292 of 720 Re: KIA 2005 Sportage marker lights [freds6]
Mar 14, 2008 (4:53 am)
Sportage 2005..small orange light just above the headlight and to the right is burned out.
YOu have to take the headlight cluster out to change that bulb. Check this out that I picked up from KIa website.
You can register at www.kiatechinfo.com and browse through and download almost anything about your car.
#293 of 720 Re: KIA 2005 Sportage marker lights [lmp4]
Mar 14, 2008 (1:00 pm)
Thank you very much for the assist. It is appreciated.
#294 of 720 Re: Kia Sportage 2001 - Transfer Case Exploding [lmp4]
Mar 14, 2008 (3:03 pm)
Well I had an "expert" do a report on my car. He took pictures, etc and stated that the damage was not as a result of the work that was done on my vehicle and that it was a failed U-joint which had apparently dried out and corroded and literally snapped. The "commercial" car centre I initially took my vehicle to in January 2008 told me they did a report card on my car and a U-joint was never mentioned to me as needing to be replaced. Would this be something that would have been apparent when working on my car in January. I'm told now that I need a new transfer case assembly and front drive shaft. Your comments are very much appreciated. Thanks so much
#295 of 720 Re: Kia Sportage 2001 - Transfer Case Exploding [marika1]
Mar 14, 2008 (6:07 pm)
it was a failed U-joint
..so, it was indeed possible the front driving shaft (between t-case and differential) got loose !
....obviously at the differential ! I can imagine the thump that followed and the result is consequential. But I have just changed a U-joint on that driving shaft 2 months ago, and cannot imagine it would "break" by itself, rust or anything else. ...it it broke, that means one part is still BOLTED to the differential.....is it? Hard to speculate from here, but I'd like to see the photos...
My U-joint had given sign of fatigue a L O N G time ago, vibrations and noise when in 4WD...and since it was used only for brief episodes, I would not care much but around last Christmas, it became really scary and the vibration was intolerable an potentially a risk for other components and with winter just beginning, then I changed it....all this just to signal it does not come "on a sudden".....Of course, when installing the driving shaft back on the car, I made sure all bolts were properly tightened.....
#296 of 720 Re: Kia Sportage 2001 - Transfer Case Exploding [lmp4]
Mar 17, 2008 (3:23 pm)
Thanks for your response. What I was wondering though, is the U-Joint something that would have been visible during the work they performed. Would they have had to see that this U-joint was corroded and ready to snap. Here is what they did do the car: Install left front axel, shalf, wheel bearings, wheel hubs, remove left front steering knuckle, replace needle bearing for input shaft, replace seals. replace left axel shaft, replace left innter and outer bearing, replace updated 4WD hub assemblies. They also told me that when I complete this work, the car would be fine for the next 10 years (which is apparently not the case). I have the photos on my computer but I am not sure how to add them to this reply. Do you have a separate email that I could email them to??">
#297 of 720 Re: Kia Sportage 2001 - Transfer Case Exploding [marika1]
Mar 17, 2008 (6:13 pm)
It is possible they did not peek to that area. What surprises me more is that you had no previous signs of that condition...unless you did not engage 4WD for years... e-mail photos at unami_1hotmail.com
#298 of 720 Re: Kia Sportage 2001 - Transfer Case Exploding [marika1]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 17, 2008 (7:52 pm)
If you set up your CarSpace page, you can post the photos in an Album there. Then we can all look at them.
Click on the My CarSpace tab up top to get started. It's all free btw.
#299 of 720 Re: Kia Sportage 2001 - Transfer Case Exploding [lmp4]
Mar 18, 2008 (2:05 am)
...wow.. it did snap off with a bang....even the bracket was torn off the sub frame...