Understanding Your Drivetrain RWD, FWD, AWD




In Lexington, Dodge models may be offered in a number of drivetrains and it’s important for you to understand what different drivetrains do before you take your car out for a spin in Oak Grove, Red Bank, or Gilbert in Lexington, SC. FWD vs AWD vs RWD vs 4WD – it can all seem confusing, but when you understand what each does, you’ll realize it’s actually pretty straightforward. 
 
2WD is when your vehicle’s drivetrain powers to 2 wheels simultaneously and may be either front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. With front-wheel drive, power is sent to the front wheels of your vehicle so that you get the benefit of better traction control. It’s economical and fuel-efficient with reduced carbon dioxide emissions, especially when used in passenger vehicles. Front-wheel drive is the apt choice if you plan on using your car for hill climbing due to the weight distribution of the engine in the front. It can also provide you with a great driving experience if you’re treading areas that have light rain or snow. If you’re a performance enthusiast, front-wheel drive isn’t the right option for you. 

Rear-wheel drive, by contrast, is used to deliver power to the rear wheels of the vehicle and is great for performance vehicles/pick-up trucks due to the even weight distribution, which allows for improved handling of the vehicle. Suspension adaptation is an option with greater steering control in rear-wheel drive vehicles. Although better weight balance is offered through rear-wheel drive, they’re not practical for use in snowy or rainy weather conditions as traction loss occurs when they’re used on slick roads.

Four-wheel drive systems and all-wheel drive systems are often confused, but they’re actually a little different. All-wheel-drive systems operate at all times powering the front and rear wheels after deciding which wheels require power through the use of electronic sensors. Four-wheel drive systems, on the other hand, aren’t always engaged. On a four-wheel-drive system, you’ll have to flip a switch or pull a lever so that 4 wheels turn simultaneously. Using four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive systems, you get better traction control, especially on roads with rapidly changing conditions. 

The JTs Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Lexington, SC, offers a wide range of cars from which you can choose the drivetrain of your choice. 

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