What is front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive?

If you have a car with front-wheel drive, you likely have a fuel-efficient sedan or compact car. Front-wheel drive (FWD) refers to how the transmission sends power to your vehicle’s wheels. In an FWD configuration, your front wheels receive engine power to pull your car forward. If you notice your transmission straining or your car is slow to shift and move forward, then you probably need to have your alignment and transmission checked.

Rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicles move differently because engine power is transferred through the transmission through the driveshaft and down to the rear differential. This pushes your car forward, which should create instant acceleration. This is why you see so many sports cars leaping forward and going from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds or less.

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