Kia Sportage: Trailer towing / Maintenance when trailer towing

Kia Sportage QL (2015-2019) Owners Manual / Driving your vehicle / Trailer towing / Maintenance when trailer towing

Your vehicle will need service more often when you regularly pull a trailer. Important items to pay particular attention to include engine oil, automatic transaxle fluid, axle lubricant and cooling system fluid. Brake condition is another important item to frequently check. Each item is covered in this manual, and the Index will help you find them quickly. If you’re trailering, it’s a good idea to review these sections before you start your trip.

Don’t forget to also maintain your trailer and hitch. Follow the maintenance schedule that accompanied your trailer and check it periodically. Preferably, conduct the check at the start of each day’s driving. Most importantly, all hitch nuts and bolts should be tight.

CAUTION - Air condition

Do not use the A/C while using your vehicle to tow uphill. Due to higher load during trailer usage, overheating might occur on hot days or during uphill driving.

Parking on hills
Generally, if you have a trailer attached to your vehicle, you should not park your vehicle on a hill. People can be seriously or fatally injured, and both your vehicle and the trailer can be dama ...

If you do decide to pull a trailer
Here are some important points if you decide to pull a trailer: Consider using a sway control.You can ask a hitch dealer about sway control. Do not do any towing with your vehicle during its fir ...

Other information:

Kia Sportage QL (2015-2019) Service Manual: Center Pillar Trim Repair procedures


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Kia Sportage QL (2015-2019) Owners Manual: Air bag inflation conditions


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