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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-03-2012, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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How to tell if traverse is AWD or not

Bought a used 2012 Traverse. They said it was AWD, but it really seems like it is just using the FWD to scoot along.
Can I tell by looking under the car at the rear end?
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Re: How to tell if traverse is AWD or not

The AWD system only activates the rear wheels for power if the computer feels slippage on the front wheels. The back tailgate will have a AWD stick on the lower left corner. Looking underneath you will see a driveshaft coming from the front of the vehicle to the rear transfer case and then two half shalfs going to each rear wheel.

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Re: How to tell if traverse is AWD or not

Yup, the giveaway will be the drive shaft and rear differential.

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Re: How to tell if traverse is AWD or not

if you look at your rear and see the following--
you have FWD-- and NOT AWD

the AWD would have a shiny piece of metal with driveshafts going to each reat tire..






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Re: How to tell if traverse is AWD or not

note the exhaust and muffler and the driveshaft and differential




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Re: How to tell if traverse is AWD or not

Also the vin number tells you
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Re: How to tell if traverse is AWD or not

Thanks a bunch for the help!
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Re: How to tell if traverse is AWD or not

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Thanks a bunch for the help!
So did you end up with an AWD?

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Re: How to tell if traverse is AWD or not

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So did you end up with an AWD?
He is trying to find out what a VIN is...

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