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Posts Tagged: AWD

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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