Do you know what the difference is between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive? Even if you do, you probably still have other questions about the drive systems that your vehicles are equipped with. You’ve come to the right place today, and that’s because when you have questions, we strive to answer them.
Four Wheel Drive
When it comes to drive systems, you might have a four wheel drive. This is where all of the power produced by the engine is distributed to all four wheels on the vehicle. This drive system can be considered part time or full time. What’s the difference there? Let’s find out.
Part Time 4WD
With the part-time 4WD system, this means that sometimes it will be in two-wheel drive, and sometimes it will be in four-wheel drive mode. How this works is through a transfer case, which will pair the two sets of wheels together, or unpair them as needed. This system is best suited for running through mud and snow, so if those are on the road, you’re in good shape. However, most of the time you’ll probably encounter those conditions when you go off-roading.
Under full-time four-wheel drive, all four wheels work together at once. However, this doesn’t mean that both sets are always locked together. Every wheel must spin at the same time, which is why there is a locking center differential that comes into play with this drive system.
All Wheel Drive
When you have a different drive system, you might need some time to adjust if you’re used to four-wheel drive. All-wheel drive means power can be transferred to either the front or back, but there’s no locking so that it’s possible to get around corners safely.
Part Time AWD
In part-time AWD, the power can be sent to whichever set of wheels needs it. If your wheels and tires can’t get a good grip on the road, then more power will be sent to make sure there’s enough traction.
Now, with full-time AWD, power is being distributed to all the wheels. That said, this isn’t a permanent state. You can adjust it as you need to as you go along.
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