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    What's the difference between Traction-control and All-Wheel drive?

    Ok, I'm not a gearhead, so give me a break.


    I was talking to someone at work today, and we had a disagreement.

    His claim:
    - TC is better than AWD because TC "senses when the tires are slipping, and then makes the other wheels turn to counteract it."

    - AWD is when all four tires are going all the time.

    My claim:
    - AWD is the one that senses when the tires are slipping, and then makes the other wheels turn to counteract it.

    - Having all four tires going all the time is 4-wheel drive, NOT all-wheel drive.



    So which one of us owned the other?
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    As far as I know all-wheel drive is a particular brand's specific name for 4 wheel drive, they just gave it that name. Just like sequential gearboxes are called tiptronic in Alfa's. They are the same thing, just different names.

    But he is correct about the TC part.
    To save time and confusion, let's just assume that I know everything.

    There is no bias on my behalf. Not that it matters, I can be biased if I want to since I am a genius and can argue two contradictory positions simultaneously.
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    Originally Posted by The Big Unit
    As far as I know all-wheel drive is a particular brand's specific name for 4 wheel drive, they just gave it that name. Just like sequential gearboxes are called tiptronic in Alfa's. They are the same thing, just different names.

    But he is correct about the TC part.
    Ok well he may be right about the TC part, but my mom drives a Toyota RAV4 that has "all-wheel drive." I know that it definitely does NOT have 4-wheel drive. So there must be some difference between the two.
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    "TC is better than AWD because TC "senses when the tires are slipping, and then makes the other wheels turn to counteract it."" - pretty much correct

    "AWD is when all four tires are going all the time." yes, AWD is basically 4x4 unless you got more than 4 wheels a lot of systems provide more power to front wheels than back and visa versa, depends on what the 4x4 is designed for...


    "AWD is the one that senses when the tires are slipping, and then makes the other wheels turn to counteract it." Your probably thinking of a Limited Slip Differential(positraction). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positraction

    "Having all four tires going all the time is 4-wheel drive, NOT all-wheel drive." Pretty sure AWD and 4x4 are the same thing.


    I'm no expert, getting ready to be proven wrong, but theres my inexperienced opinion...
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    Damn......looks like I'm losing
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    Traction control is pretty much just a gizmo that senses when one tire is spinning faster than the other and applies the brakes to that tire, sending power to the others. It is a feature that can be on Front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, or all wheel drive vehicles.

    The main difference between 4 wheel drive and all wheel drive, is that usually, you can select different configurations on the 4 wheel drive trucks and SUV's. You can have it in rear wheel drive, 4 wheel drive low range, and 4 wheel drive high range.

    All Wheel Drive the same as "Full Time 4 wheel drive" you don't have choice on what configuration you can use.
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    Meh.......alright he wins this round......
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    This is my take...
    TC senses when a wheel loses traction and transfers more power to the wheels that grip
    AWD means all the wheels are powered unlike front wheel and rear wheel drive.

    Which one is better??
    assuming AWD has a differential (which I'm assuming most do) I would have to say awd..
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    TC is only useful at a slow speed slip.
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    Originally Posted by genlee
    TC is only useful at a slow speed slip.
    Exactly. Most TC systems will de-activate after 35mph.
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