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4WD and AWD versus FWD and Winter Tires

4WD and AWD versus FWD and Winter Tires The common wisdom is that four wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles are always a better choice than front-wheel drive (FWD). That’s not always true. There are pros and cons to each. This post walks you through the pros and cons of 4WD and AWD versus FWD and Winter Tires The pros of 4WD and AWD The key here is that neither 4WD nor AWD provide better traction. Only tires provide traction. That may seem like word-play, but it’s not. … Read More

Replace all four tires on AWD?

Do you have to replace all four tires on AWD? Replacing one tire on AWD can cause damage If you own a vehicle with all-wheel-drive (AWD) and have an unrepairable flat tire, the tire shop will tell you that you have to replace all four tires on AWD. They’re right—well, kinda. Installing a single brand new tire on an AWD vehicle with 3 worn tires can destroy the AWD unit. The difference in diameters means that the new tire rotate less than the other three and that forces the AWD … Read More

Fix AWD problem on GM SUVs

Diagnose and fix AWD problems on GM SUVs A low battery condition can lead to all kinds of problems. In fact, if you have a low battery on a 2007-11 GM SUV (2007-09 Pontiac Torrent, 2007-11 Chevy Equinox, GMC Acadia, 2008-11 Buick Enclave, and 2009-11 Chevy Traverse and GMC Terrain) it may cause AWD problems with the AWD system. In addition, the Service AWD bulb may light up. The low battery can also cause a “no-crank” or “slow to start cranking” condition. If you check the vehicle with a scan … Read More

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