Advanced Transmission Center has been repairing and servicing Four-Wheel (4WD)
and All-Wheel Drive vehicles for four decades!
Four-Wheel and All-Wheel drive vehicles are common in Denver and across Colorado. Rain and snow create hazardous situations when vehicles lack traction. Ice on roadways can make driving conditions even more dangerous, particularly at low temperatures. Even when the weather is clear, driving in the mountains presents another challenge, with steep roads demanding more from your vehicle.
These circumstances make 4WD and AWD vehicles a must for Colorado drivers. Beyond Colorado, these vehicles are becoming more popular. According to an Edmunds report of IHS Markit data, 45% of new vehicles sold in the United States are 4WD or AWD. Still, while there are some similarities, there are significant differences between four-wheel drive transmissions and all-wheel drive transmissions.
The distinction has to do with the frequency in which power from the engine and transmission is transferred to either two or four wheels. An AWD system normally sends power to the four wheels all the time. There are some part-time AWD systems that allow electronic sensors to automatically shift between the amount of power directed to each wheel.
For simplification, it is a reasonable assumption that AWD vehicles are continuously operating with four wheels receiving power. A key AWD feature is the lack of input from the driver, though some models allow various modes of the system based on the driving conditions. Wheels in AWD vehicles get torque from the numerous components of the system, including multiple clutches, viscous couplings, and a series of clutches.
Four-wheel drive vehicles tend to have more robust handling capabilities for rugged terrain. Driver input is often required on these vehicles as an electronic switch or mechanical lever must be engaged to operate at “4-High,” “4-Low,” or more complex modes in recent models. The low setting tends to provide the most traction for off-road situations or exceptional circumstances. The high setting is designed for slippery conditions on roadways when traveling at regular speeds. The transfer case and differentials are some of the key components of the 4WD system.
Each vehicle has its own unique original manufacturer recommendations for maintenance activities. It is advised to follow these recommendations to ensure the longevity of your vehicle. Regular maintenance must be followed for your 4WD/AWD system, just as you would regularly change your motor oil. If you’re looking for four-wheel drive repairs near you, our all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive mechanics are the best in Denver.
We recommend a free TrueTest Inspection that will help diagnose any issues within the drivetrain, including the transfer case and differentials. Our ASE Certified technicians regularly service and repair these components and would be happy to assist in determining the appropriate fluid and potential additives to extend the life of your 4WD/AWD system.
Whether you want to service your four-wheel drive system or service your AWD system, Advanced Transmission Center can help. Our experienced mechanics are trained to repair either transmission or any other transmission issue you may have. Call our Westminster (303) 421-4140 or Lakewood (303) 922-4102 location to schedule an appointment now. You can also message us directly!
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