How Does Hard Braking Affect Front-Wheel Drive Vehicle Stability?

Most road vehicle power-transmission systems come in one of two major drive varieties. These include front-wheel drive (FWD) and rear wheel drive (RWD) designs. Which configuration is used on a given vehicle can dictate many handling characteristics and limitations.

One of the factors that drive location affects is vehicle center of gravity. The center of gravity is the virtual center of mass, and given that FWD vehicles concentrate their weight over the motors, they tend to have centers of gravity that are farther forward than RWD vehicle.

This feature can make some FWD vehicles nose-heavy. While useful in slick, rainy, and icy conditions, nose-heaviness may become a liability during heavy braking. This tendency to understeer is often mitigated by modern computer controlled suspension systems that can even out tire skids or slips.

To keep your front wheel drive axles, differentials, and related suspension components in good shape, you need to give them regular maintenance checkups. Here at Norris Northup Dodge in the Gallipolis region, our certified and experienced drive-train specialists can help you to optimize your system. Come by today for a no-obligation consultation.

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