Four Wheel Drive & All Wheel Drive – What Does It Mean?

Just because a vehicle boasts 4-wheel drive capability doesn’t necessarily mean that it is capable to explore off road in the areas around Monument, CO.

Better Traction Under Power

What it does mean is that you have better traction under power? When your car is distributing power to all four wheels, your chances of getting stuck in snow, ice, mud, etc. go down. However, in most cases, this doesn’t necessarily translate to better safety. Four-wheel drive doesn’t mean there is more clearance under your vehicle (it sits just as far off the ground as a two-wheel drive), any extra braking (all vehicles have brakes on each wheel, whether 2- or 4-wheel drive), or improved steering or handling.

A difference between a four-wheel drive vehicle and a two-wheel drive one is maintenance, mainly because a four-wheel drive vehicle involves more parts.

Four Wheel Drive Parts

For example, a typical four-wheel drive car has the following:
• Transfer case (which needs periodic fluid changes);
• 2 Differentials or gear boxes (which require periodic fluid changes);
• Transmission (which needs fluid changes);
• 2 sets of hubs and bearings (that need to be cleaned and re-packed with grease);
• Drive shafts (that needs lubrication): one for the front wheels, one for the rear

On the other hand, a typical 2-wheel drive vehicle only has one differential, one axle of hubs and bearings needing grease, and one drive shaft).

However, take heed! Most cheap lube places don’t have ASE Certified technicians who understand how to properly inspect and maintain these extra moving parts and their lubrication needs. Find the most reputable shop in your area to ensure that your vehicle will be serviced correctly the first time you bring it in. The experts at JJ Tracks are very familiar with drivetrain service and repairs, especially the needs for Colorado adventures.

If you’d like to talk to experts in four wheel drive vehicle, contact us or call us at 719.481.4393