What is a Drivetrain? In Merrillville, IN
We’re sure you’ve heard the term ‘drivetrain’ before, but what parts of your vehicle does it reference?
The drivetrain is compiled of the transmission, driveshaft, axles, and wheels, and it transfers the power from the transmission to the wheels. However, not all drivetrains are alike. In fact, there are four types of drivetrain systems that are featured throughout the cars, trucks, and SUVs at our Chevy dealership in Merrillville, IN. Read on to learn more about one of the most essential power sources in your vehicle.
Four-Wheel Drive (4WD)
With a four-wheel drive system, the transmission provides power directly to all four wheels of the vehicle, and you engage the system manually, allowing you to switch from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive. 4WD is essential for unpaved and muddy roadways, which is perfect for drivers who work on a construction site or a farm. 4WD is also the preferred drivetrain for off-road enthusiasts because you have better control of the drivetrain.
Many Chevrolet models with 4WD come with the AutoTrac® 4WD active transfer case, which comes with a single speed 2WD transfer case, 3-position rotary knob, and can switch between 4WD and 2WD.
All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
An all-wheel drive system’s 4WD is always on, which is perfect for inclement weather, especially in the Merrillville, IN area. Should you find yourself on a particularly icy road, the AWD system’s computers detect slippage and will correct the amount of torque for your safety.
A special AWD system, available on the Chevy Equinox, allows you to switch between AWD and front-wheel drive to adjust to road conditions. Other Chevy models available with AWD include the Tahoe and Traverse.
Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
The most common drivetrain, especially in sedans and family-focused vehicles, is front-wheel drive. With FWD, fewer parts are used, thus making it lighter and better on gas. Because the weight of the motor is directly above, FWD provides good traction in inclement weather.
Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD)
If you purchase a performance or sports model, chances are it’ll be equipped with rear-wheel drive. Transmission power is sent to the rear wheels for better handling and balance in your drive. The weight of the drivetrain is also spread more evenly, making it the best system for a performance car.
You’ll enjoy RWD in Chevy models like the Corvette, Camaro, and SS.
What Drivetrain is Best for You?
Do you have a long daily commute? Do you like to hit the trails on the weekend? When selecting a drivetrain, you should consider your needs and driving habits. For example, drivers who would prefer a bit more traction during Merrillville, IN area winters would likely benefit from AWD while sports car enthusiasts should consider a model with RWD.
The team at our Chevy dealership in Merrillville, IN can also provide assistance in finding the best drivetrain for your lifestyle. You can even schedule a test drive to experiment with each drivetrain. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Mike Anderson Chevrolet of Merrillville online or by calling (219) 947-4151.