If you have any experience with off-roading, then you may have already heard the term â€œfour-wheel-driveâ€ before. Sometimes, you may see it abbreviated as â€œ4WDâ€ or â€œ4×4â€.
This type of drivetrain is used for vehicles – usually trucks and SUVs – with two axles that are capable of sending torque to all four wheels at the same time. This type of mechanism can be full-time or on-demand (part-time), and it typically comes with several other components. These include extra gears and a transfer case that adds more output.
If the 4WD assembly simply provides torque to both axles, then it can be called all-wheel-drive (AWD). However, once the off-roading elements are brought into play, the terminology changes. A limited-slip differential is included to prevent the vehicle from getting stuck in the mud or hung up on a jagged rock formation. Various operating modes – commonly labelled as â€œOff-Roadâ€ or â€œRockâ€ – can also be present. This helps the automobile shift from city/highway driving to roughing it in nature.
Do you need to bolster your model’s off-roading capabilities with a 4WD piece? Get in touch with the friendly team of experts at Ford Parts BC to begin an online order now!