What Is A Transfer Case?

A transfer case is a specialized component that is used on four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. It is essential on vehicles that use both front and rear axles to drive. And in the case of 4x4s, each of the four wheels need to be powered. In the simplest of terms, a transfer case will split up the engine power and send it to all four wheels using the front and rear axles. It is the center of the drivetrain system on all-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles. Off-road vehicles may utilize a transfer case that contains one or more sets of lower gears. This is to handle the most demanding terrain. Transfer Case – Different Types There are many different types of all-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations, and each will require a different type of transfer case. For instance, a vehicle that is always in four-wheel drive will have the simplest type of transfer case. This is compared to a part-time 4WD or a more modern “Active” 4WD. Which will have more complex systems to run the vehicle in different drive modes. A transfer case receives power from the engine and diverts it to the front and rear axles. The differential(s) will also aid … Continue reading What Is A Transfer Case?