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Author Topic: How to tell if traverse is AWD or not  (Read 5836 times)
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« on: October 03, 2012, 04:03:16 PM »

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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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2012, 04:14:38 PM »

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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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2012, 04:23:35 PM »

Yup,  the giveaway will be the drive shaft and rear differential.
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2012, 04:36:40 PM »

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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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2012, 04:41:55 PM »

note the exhaust and muffler and the driveshaft and differential



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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2012, 04:45:08 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2012, 04:53:28 PM »

Also the vin number tells you
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2012, 01:20:17 PM »

Thanks a bunch for the help!
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2012, 06:52:50 AM »

Thanks a bunch for the help!

So did you end up with an AWD?
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2012, 07:06:42 AM »

So did you end up with an AWD?

He is trying to find out what a VIN is...
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2012, 11:18:18 AM »

Wow... can you imagine a sales person telling you it's AWD, priced like it's an AWD, and then you find out it's FWD? 

Surely the badge (or lack there of) on the tailgate will give away the drive configuration?
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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2012, 11:33:18 AM »

Reminded me of that story where the dealership had a customer arrested after selling a car.
Now what would happen if a customer accused a dealership of stealing the AWD system?
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« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2012, 09:04:08 AM »

Surely the badge (or lack there of) on the tailgate will give away the drive configuration?

The badge can easilly be taken off, and or changed though.  I would NEVER believe a badge on a car.  Look underneath.
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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2012, 11:10:13 PM »

The 2009 don't have the  awd marketing on the trunk,a simple way to find out if you have an all-wheel-drive is to look under the hood, near the hood latch there would be a caution sticker thats yellow and black stating to only dyno test it on a 4wd dyno. (something along those lines)
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« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2012, 09:14:11 AM »

The 2009 don't have the  awd marketing on the trunk,a simple way to find out if you have an all-wheel-drive is to look under the hood, near the hood latch there would be a caution sticker thats yellow and black stating to only dyno test it on a 4wd dyno. (something along those lines)

I would still think the EASIEST way, is to just look under the darn vehicle.  Pretty easy to tell even from just on hands and knees when looking from the rear bumper forward. IF there's a big differential between the wheels. BAM, it's AWD. Pretty simple. Don't take a mechanic's word, or sticker for it.
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« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2012, 09:16:39 AM »

This thread should be a sticky wink
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