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Old 11-27-2008, 16:45   #1 (permalink)
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How to tell 2WD or 4WD

Hi, my friend has a Ford Escape. We are thinking of going up to the mountains for a snow trip. How can we tell if it is the 2WD or 4WD trim, so we may prepare for the winter condition driving. The car is my friend's parents car, he nor his parents know if it's a 2wd or 4wd vehicle. Is there a quick way to tell or a easy quick harmless test?

The back of the car is a Escape XLT, does not say 4WD or 2WD on the back.
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Old 11-30-2008, 19:47   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How to tell 2WD or 4WD

A few simple things to check: In the cab you will see a rotary knob to switch to AWD or 2wd to 4WD auto and/or 4WD low lock. If there is no knob then it's a 2wd. Another way to check is to look under the rear of the vehicle. If there's a driveshaft going into a pumpkin (gear set) between the wheels in the center then it's a 4WD. You could also look under the front of the vehicle to see if there is a transfer case that is behind the transmission and has a driveshaft going to the rear of the vehicle as well.

The last way if you're still unsure is to phone the dealer and give them your VIN# located on your insurance slip, or on the drivers side of the windshield on the dash. They'll be able to look up exactly what you have. I might be able to find out for you if you post the VIN on here as well through a local online auto parts store.
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