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How do I determine if the car is front wheel drive or rear wheel drive?

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    What car?
    Very few cars are left, that are rear wheel drive

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Generally, trucks, vans and large cars with big engines will have rear-wheel drive. Smaller, economy and compact cars are most often front-wheel drive. But you don't have to guess which one you have - find out for yourself.
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  1. Understand that front-wheel drive means the power from the engine and the transmission goes to the front wheels; rear-wheel drive means the power goes to the rear wheels. Four-wheel, or all-wheel, drive means all four wheels are powered.

  2. Open the hood.

  3. Find the front of the engine. The front of the engine is always where the belts are located.

  4. Look to see if the front of the engine is by the fender (side of the car). If so, then you have front-wheel drive.

  5. Check to see if the front of the engine is by the radiator and the grill (front of the car). If so, then you have rear-wheel drive.

  6. Look under the car near each front wheel. If you see an axle with a rubber boot (called the CV boot) on either end going into the wheel, then you have front- wheel drive.

  7. Look under the car between the rear wheels. If you see a large, metal, pumpkin- shaped thing (it's called the differential) with two axles coming out either side, then you have rear-wheel drive.

  8. Check both under the hood for the position of the engine and under the car for the axles to be sure, because not every car follows the rules for engine position and front- or rear-wheel drive (see Tips below for examples of cars with variations on this rule).


Good Luck

Posted on Nov 08, 2010

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At that mileage it could be, and most likely is given your description of the noise. I assume it reduces in volume as you slow down. If you can find a quite piece of road drive up to where the noise is apparent and lightly swerve from left to right. (Don't roll the car!! ) If the noise reduces as you swerve left then its the left bearing. If its when you swerve right that the noise reduces its the right bearing. If its both the only way is to jack the rear up and spin the wheels as fast as you can and listen. If there's a hint of a rumble from it, its that bearing or both. It should be completely quite apart from the slight hiss as the shoes rub on the drum.
35K may not seem much but if you don't know the history of the car it could have hit a bad pot hole or even had a knock on a kerb.
I have replaced bearing with a lot less miles than yours.

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SOURCE: rear or front wheel drive? (1986 Caravelle)

Thanks to Lee Iaccoca, all of the Mopar vehicles on the "K-car" and its replacement the "LH" platform are front wheel drive (thanks for nothing Lee). The standing joke was that LH stood for "Last Hope" for Mopar. Fortunately the Magnum, 300, Charger, and Challenger share the same rear wheel drive platform, with all wheel drive available as a relatively useless option.

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SOURCE: 2003 Cavalier - are both front wheels drive

They are both drive wheels, but on these type of vehicles it is like a limited slip differential. When you give it gas and it gets in a bind it will lock in the other.

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