Is Your Truck's 4WD Out Of Commission? What Are Your Options?

11 March 2017
 Categories: Automotive, Blog

Many four wheel drive (4WD) truck owners utilize this feature on a regular basis to give themselves the extra boost needed to get out of a snowy driveway, a muddy bog, or even just maintain traction on a rain-soaked highway. In other cases, you may only utilize your 4WD a few times a year during especially inclement weather. In either event, having the power to your front axle suddenly stop working can be a frustrating and worrisome experience, and those who use 4WD often may already be seeking repair quotes. But is it worth having your 4WD repaired if you're not planning to use it much when heading into summer? Read on to learn more about some of the factors you'll want to consider when deciding whether to have your truck's 4WD repaired.

The extent of damage

Even if you're not sure you want to have your 4WD fixed, it's usually worth it to have it diagnosed by an independent shop or your dealer; doing this can give you a better idea of whether you're looking at a quick and simple fix or a more systemic problem that may impact multiple components. Often, even if you wouldn't have ordinarily paid to have your 4WD fixed, the diagnostic process can uncover issues with your drive shaft or axles that could result in extensive (and expensive) damage if left to linger.

Your warranty

Certain makes and models of trucks have extensive and comprehensive warranties, covering repair or even replacement of 4WD components until your truck has enjoyed a long life. In other cases, an aftermarket warranty may be sold to provide coverage after the factory warranty expires; however, not all aftermarket warranties are transferable between customers, so just because your truck's prior owner had a warranty to cover 4WD repairs doesn't mean your own repair will be free. 

Your future automotive plans

If you're planning to sell your truck in the near future, or if you don't currently have an auto loan, you may be reluctant to sink much money into repairs. On the other hand, if you're planning to drive your truck until the engine stops running and the tires fall off, repairing your 4WD should provide you the best reliability going forward. 

Depending upon the used truck market in your area, you may find that selling a truck with a malfunctioning 4WD is much tougher (and less lucrative) than selling a truck with a functioning 4WD, making repair the better option even if you don't plan to keep your truck for much longer. To learn more, contact a company like River's Truck Center.