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Is Four-Wheel Drive Different than All-Wheel Drive?

Four-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive at Kyle Chapman Motors

Most of the used cars, trucks and SUVs here at Kyle Chapman Motors in Buda, TX, feature four wheels. So, it would make sense that four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive mean the same thing, right? It may surprise you, but no, all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive don’t mean the same thing, even if your vehicle has a total of four wheels. So, what is the difference between four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive? We’re going to figure that out right here at Kyle Chapman Motors in Chattanooga, TN.

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How Does a Four-Wheel Drive System Operate?

The main reason people choose four-wheel drive is to provide traction for off-road adventures. A fixed amount of power is sent to both the front and rear axles, which means every tire will get the same power so the tire with the most traction will be able to spin. Furthermore, unlike all-wheel drive, four-wheel drive can be switched on and off. With that in mind, make sure to keep your four-wheel drive system turned off when you don’t need it, as doing so will save you gas.

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How Does an All-Wheel Drive System Operate?

Like four-wheel drive systems, all-wheel drive systems send power to all four wheels for enhanced traction and control. The main difference between these two systems is that all-wheel drive systems will distribute power to the tire or tires with the most traction. For example – if you’re attempting to crawl up a hill and your front driver tire and rear tires are on solid ground while the front passenger tire is on slippery mud, your all-wheel drive system will recognize that and distribute power to your front driver tire and rear tires.

If you’d like help figuring out whether an all-wheel drive system or a four-wheel drive system is right for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable staff here at Kyle Chapman Motors in Buda, TX.