Rear Drive vs. Front Drive

Do Front Wheel Drive Vehicles Really Need More Frequent Transmission Repair Services?

When it comes to the way power is sent from the engine to the wheels, there are three main types of configurations: rear wheel drive, front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Since the last configuration is found mostly on SUVs and off-road vehicles, we will focus our attention on the first two categories. At first, it may seem that there is no connection between a car’s transmission and the type of drive-train the car uses, but this is not true. There are many factors that can influence the frequency of transmission repair, and drive configuration is one of them.

Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)
The biggest benefit of RWD vehicles is that they are more sturdy, especially when it comes to road abuse. Hit a curb with a RWD car and chances are that nothing gets broken. But, if you run over a curb with a FWD car, then something really expensive may get damaged. This is mostly because FWD vehicles have a much more complicated front wheel design, thus the chances for something to break are higher. RWD cars, on the other hand, have a very simple and rugged front wheel design which allows them to take more road abuse.

Another great advantage of RWD cars is a better balance. Unlike front wheel drive vehicles where all the weight (of the engine and the transaxle) is placed over the front wheels, rear wheel drive cars have a better weight distribution because the weight is evenly spread from front to back through the drive-train. Keep in mind that some of the most reputable automobile manufacturers such as Mercedes and BMW use mostly rear wheel drive configurations.

Front Wheel Drive (FWD)
FWD cars also come with two advantages. One of them is economy. Building a FWD vehicle is lot cheaper than designing and manufacturing a RWD car. The second advantage is a better traction. Since most of the weight is placed over the front wheels, the car has a better traction. However, there is one very big downside to FWD configuration, and that is reliability. Since the transmission system is often part of the engine assembly, FWD cars require more visits to the transmission repair service provider.

If you have problems with your car’s transmission, then you should pay us a visit. Corral's Mercedes and BMW repair is located in Moreno Valley, CA, and we specialize in transmission repair for both RWD and FWD vehicles. Call us at (951) 653-7945 for more information.