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AWD --> FWD

Postby Captain Chris - January 6th, 2021, 2:44 pm

OK, I like my vehicle: It's got 3.0 V6 with 262K miles, and tranny still going pretty good, but, the trailer hitch I mounted on it sort of pulled out of the rusted out frame elements back there...Looking into trying to weld/bolt on some re-inforcement material, but it's some challenging geometry...In the meantime, I found a decent deal on a much lower mileage vehicle (So now I sort of have 'matching' 'Black & Blue's'...), so I bought it as a contingency plan (262,000 miles IS a lot!).

They are the same year; same engine, but not same trim package...the BIG issue is this 'new' one has a AWD transmission: the guy I bought it from said he recently had maintenance done on the rear gear box, so I am not really expecting trouble.

Here are my questions:

1. My trailer is a small Class 1; 1000 pound (I believe that the vehicle/chassis/structure is rated for more, but I am not going to do that.); If I have the choice, is it better to tow with the FWD, or the AWD?

2. If I ever have trouble with the rear drive mechanism(s), is it bad to just pull out the rear drive shaft(s)?
...just the center shaft, or all 3? or is that going to mess with some electronics that are set up/programmed to support/operate it as a AWD?


Thanks, all!
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Re: AWD --> FWD

Postby vpasla1 - January 6th, 2021, 10:47 pm

You don't state year, which will be a factor in the answer.
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Re: AWD --> FWD

Postby Captain Chris - January 8th, 2021, 3:02 pm

vpasla1 wrote:You don't state year, which will be a factor in the answer.


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OK!
Good point, I didn't think it would matter for towing FWD vs AWD question, but, I guess it could:
I have 2008 with the 3.0 V6, and the CD4E transmission.
(I thought they put the same transmission on the AWD versions, but, please correct me if I am wrong!)

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Re: AWD --> FWD

Postby vincom - January 26th, 2021, 3:09 pm

u can pull out just the cv shafts but will leave differential internals exposed. if u remove just drive shaft, the one from ptu to diff, might be better as it doesn't expose internals of either ptu or diff and leave the wiring as is so no messages on dashboard. u effectively disabled 4wd. u can just pull fuse for 4wd to disable it also but this will show dashboard mesage
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Re: AWD --> FWD

Postby Captain Chris - February 19th, 2021, 4:51 pm

Thanks, vin'!

I don't have any prior 4WD experience...

What does pulling that fuse disable?

My main concern is handling while towing (will it handle better in AWD mode?) and tire wear...

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