Kia Sportage 1998-02



Removal & Installation

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
    Both front wheels
    Six free wheel hub bolts and remove the hub
    Snapring and spacer from the hub
    Carefully remove the fixed cam assembly

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    Fig. Removing the 4WD fixed cam assembly

    Caliper from the brake rotor
    Upper control arm link lockbolt, spring washer and nut
    Tie rod end from the steering knuckle
    Loosen the drop link lower locknut
    Loosen the four upper drop link locknuts
    Spread open the drop link fork with a rubber mallet
    Matchmark the halfshaft and differential.
    Carefully pry the halfshaft from the differential


To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft with the matchmarks aligned with the differential
    Torque the upper and lower drop link nuts to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm)
    Tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Torque the locknut to 27 ft. lbs. (36 Nm) and install a new cotter pin
    Upper control arm link lockbolt, spring washer and nut. Torque the bolt to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
    Fixed cam assembly
    Snapring and spacer in the hub
    Wheel hub and the six free wheel hub bolts. Torque the bolts in two passes, 14 ft. lbs. (17 Nm), then to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm)
    Front wheel assemblies
    Negative battery cable