Hyundai Tucson Owners Manual

AWD operation
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All Wheel Drive (AWD) mode selection

Hyundai Tucson: AWD operation. WARNING

WARNING

If AWD warning light (Hyundai Tucson: AWD operation. on the instrument cluster, your vehicle may have a malfunction with the AWD system. ) stays on the instrument cluster, your vehicle may have a malfunction with the AWD system. When the AWD warning light (Hyundai Tucson: AWD operation. have your vehicle checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer as soon as possible.) illuminates have your vehicle checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer as soon as possible.

CAUTION

When driving on normal roads, deactivate the AWD LOCK mode by pushing the AWD LOCK button (AWD LOCK indicator light goes off). Driving on normal roads with the AWD LOCK mode, especially, when cornering may cause mechanical noise or vibration. The noise and vibration will disappear when the AWD LOCK mode is deactivated. Prolong driving with the noise and vibration may damage some parts of the power train.

✽ NOTICE

When the AWD LOCK mode is deactivated, a sensation may be felt as the driving power is delivered entirely to the front wheels.

For safe AWD operation

Before driving

  • Make sure all passengers are wearing seat belts.
  • Sit upright and closer to the steering wheel than usual. Adjust the steering wheel to a position comfortable for you to drive.

Driving on snow-covered or icy roads

  • Start off slowly by applying the accelerator pedal gently.
  • Use snow tires or tire chains.
  • Keep sufficient distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Use engine braking during deceleration.
  • Avoid speeding, rapid acceleration, sudden brake applications, and sharp turns to prevent skids.

Driving in sand or mud

  • Maintain slow and constant speed.
  • Use tire chains driving in mud if necessary.
  • Keep sufficient distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Reduce vehicle speed and always check the road condition.
  • Avoid speeding, rapid acceleration, sudden brake applications, and sharp turns to prevent getting stuck.

CAUTION

When the vehicle is stuck in snow, sand or mud, place a nonslip material under the drive wheels to provide traction OR Slowly spin the wheels in forward and reverse directions which causes a rocking motion that may free the vehicle. However, avoid running the engine continuously at high rpm, doing so may damage the AWD system. 

Hyundai Tucson: AWD operation. Driving up or down hills

Driving up or down hills

  • Driving uphill Before starting off, check if it is possible to drive uphill. Drive as straight as possible.
  • Driving downhill Do not change gear while driving downhill. Select gear before driving downhill. Drive slowly using engine braking while driving downhill. Drive straight as possible.

WARNING

Exercise extreme caution driving up or down steep hills. The vehicle may flip depending on the grade, terrain and water / mud conditions.

Hyundai Tucson: AWD operation. WARNING

WARNING

Do not drive across the contour of steep hills. A slight change in the wheel angle can destabilize the vehicle, or a stable vehicle may lose stability if the vehicle stops its forward motion. Your vehicle may roll over and lead to a serious injury or death.

Driving through water

  • Try to avoid driving in deep standing water. It may stall your engine and clog your exhaust pipes.
  • If you need to drive in water, stop your vehicle, set the vehicle in AWD LOCK mode and drive under 5mph (8 km/h).
  • Do not change gear while driving in water.

CAUTION

Always drive slowly in water. If you drive too fast, water may get into the engine compartment and wet the ignition system causing your vehicle to suddenly stop.

Additional driving conditions

  • Become familiar with the off-road conditions before driving.
  • Always pay attention when driving off-road and avoid dangerous areas.
  • Drive slowly when driving in heavy wind.
  • Reduce vehicle speed when cornering. The center of gravity of AWD vehicles is higher than conventional 2WD vehicles, making them more likely to roll over when you rapidly turn corners.

Hyundai Tucson: AWD operation. Always hold the steering wheel firmly when you are driving offroad.

Always hold the steering wheel firmly when you are driving offroad.

WARNING

Do not grab the inside of the steering wheel when you are driving off-road. You may hurt your arm by a sudden steering maneuver or from steering wheel rebound due to an impact with objects on the ground.You could lose control of the steering wheel that may lead to serious injury or death.


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