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Kia Sorento 2012: Turning off overdrive for towing?

Asked by Don Bonny

When I asked about turning off the overdrive in my new Kia Sorento when pulling a trailer I was informed I couldn't, that I should use the sport shift. This would be like driving a truck as going up and down hills a gear change would be required. Previously I had a Mazda Tribute where you pressed a button and overdrive was locked out and the auto did the rest. What's the go?

Answered by CarsGuide

31 May 2012 Graham Smith

We asked Kia for advice, which was "there is no overdrive as such in your car, it has just the six gears, and there is no lockout. The recommendation is that when towing you let the six-speed gearbox drive it as a full automatic and allow the gearbox to do its work. It is not recommended to use the manual mode to force gears to hold as there is a higher risk of overheating the gearbox. The exception to that rule is if the manual mode is used sensibly to help with engine braking on steep descents."

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