Four Wheel Drive System
All four wheels on a vehicle can spin simultaneously with a four wheel drive system. The transfer case in all 4WD vehicles prevents the front and rear axles from spinning at different speeds. The transfer case allows the engine to provide maximum torque to the axle and wheels, which helps to maintain traction. There are different 4WD configurations, each using different technologies to meet the needs of the driver. A locking differential is a feature of some 4WD systems. To achieve maximum traction, both wheels on the axle will turn together. The limited-slip differential is another variation. If one wheel slides or slips, the device can detect it and send torque to the other wheel to help it regain traction. While an automatic hub allows users to automatically command the front wheels in order to engage the 4WD system, a manual hub requires users to manually engage the front wheel drive mechanism in order to fully engage the 4WD system. Our service staff have extensive experience working on all types of 4WD systems.
The performance of a smooth and consistent four wheel drive system is made possible through routine maintenance, which can vary from vehicle to vehicle and from system to system. It is extremely important to consult your owner’s manual when it comes to scheduling services within the proper maintenance intervals. The rougher the terrain, the heavier the impact on the life of your 4WD system. You should schedule 4WD maintenance based on where you drive most often and how much time your vehicle spends traversing difficult terrain. If you're experiencing excessive noise while switching between gears, transfer case gear leaks and failures, unusual vibrations, or a warning light on the dashboard, it's likely that your 4WD system is in need of repair. Our staff is ready to help you with all aspects of 4WD maintenance, whether you are in need of an inspection or repair.