The Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC all-wheel drive (AWD) systems have been around for a while now.
No matter the manufacturer, there is almost always an all-wheel drive (AWD) option.
Customer may report that the vehicle is binding when cornering with full steering wheel turn; the four-wheel drive does not work; when driving slowly and turning the steering wheel strongly, the vehicle shudders; or the front wheels break traction with aggressive acceleration from a stop.
Intuitively, one would think that an AWD vehicle would not require regular tire rotations because power is constantly directed to all tires; therefore, all of the tires would wear at the same rate. That is the thought lingering in the minds of some AWD vehicle owners. But when it comes down to it, tire rotation is the second most important maintenance item (tire pressure being first) that can be performed to maximize tire life, and this also pertains to AWD vehicles.
On the models listed, the all-wheel-drive does not work or the EPC warning light is illuminated. The technician will find there is an internal leak in the hydraulic pump.
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Originally launched on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, AAM’s EcoTrac Disconnecting AWD gives drivers the performance of an AWD vehicle with the fuel economy of a front-wheel-drive vehicle by automatically and seamlessly using only the front wheels when AWD is not required.
Vehicles equipped with 4×4 or all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems are designed to provide advantages throughout the year, but winter tends to bring these vehicles into focus.
The future of all-wheel drive vehicles was not that bright five years ago. But, the customer spoke, saying they want the security all-wheel drive vehicles can give on slick roads (even if it is only for a few days during the year).