What is the Purpose of the Transfer Case?

The transfer case is where the actual transfer of wheel ratio occurs as you shift your four-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicle from the two-wheel to four-wheel function. Depending on how your system is set up, the transfer case either operates with a chain drive or gears. The general outcome is the same.

The natural rotation of your front and rear tires occurs at different speeds. In order for the four-wheel drive to work, all four tires need to turn at the same time. The transfer case coordinates the front and rear axle rotation by slowing the speed down. Without the transfer case, you would simply have a two-wheel drive vehicle.

Keeping components such as the transfer case serviced alleviate any sudden issues arising from low oil, for example. Stop by our service center at Woody Smith Hyundai. We’re here to help keep your vehicle safe and to answer any questions you might have.

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