Considering that there are front, rear, all-wheel drive and 4WD vehicles, it’s of paramount importance that you consider the maintenance prior to the purchase. When it comes to maintenance it depends on the manufacturer’s instructions. The cars that you are considering purchasing could all be four-wheel drives but it’s important that you consider basic maintenance requirements. This will guide you on how to take better care of the vehicle.
Different Types of Maintenance
With four-wheel drive vehicles, there are different types of maintenance required. They are such as rear differentials, self-leveling systems, front differentials and locking hubs. The service intervals may vary widely while at the same time fluids should be inspected and replaced regularly. The best way to know the requirements is to refer to the owner’s manual.
What Determines the Maintenance of a 4WD?
There are several things that determine how often a four-wheel drive vehicle is serviced. The conditions that you drive the vehicle on plays a big role in determining what kind of care the vehicle needs. A vehicle that is driven on smooth road will have different needs from which is driven in severe conditions. How often do you drive off road or roll through mud? The more you drive in such conditions the more care your car demands.
For services, another determinant is the owner’s manual. The requirements of a Jeep Cherokee’s will be different from those of Toyota Tacoma. Some manufacturers of 4WD will recommend that you only top up rear and front differential fluid when needed while others will suggest that the transfer case fluid is changed after clocking some specific miles. The maintenance requirements may also vary from pickup trucks to SUVs.
Besides having a mechanic inspect and service the vehicle, as the driver or the car owner, you can play a role in ensuring that it’s in good condition. For example, instead of driving the vehicle fast and aggressively, you can opt to drive it in a slow and steady manner. Also, avoid operating 4WD on surfaces that are hard and dry.
You do not want to experience brake issues when driving in dangerous weather conditions. For this reason, when driving in such conditions, ensure that you brake at low speed several times. This will help in keeping the brakes dry.
To have peace of mind, work with a mechanic who is reputable in offering maintenance services and ensure that you follow the owner’s manual. With this, you know that you will be giving your vehicle the care that it needs and you will reduce the risks of mechanical issues.