How can I tell if I have AWD? Short of climbing under car I'm a senior.


Asked by Jan 10, 2013 at 12:10 AM about the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT

Question type: General

Just purchased a 2005 Equinox LT hey said it was AWD but I don't trust their word.

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If it's AWD, there should be a rear axle. Front wheel drive is standard, AWD is a option. You could use a mirror to sneak a peek under there.

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David Scott
945 f 2nd page of this pdf file shows the vin breakdown for the 2005 light duty truck / multi-purpose passenger vehicles including the Equinox. Looks like if your 5th and 6th digits on your vin are L2 or L7 you have AWD. the L2 is for the LS AWD version and the L7 is for the LT AWD version.

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David Scott
945 the link didn't show properly on the first post

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Andrew Olsen

Lol, i like this one. Pull or push parking brake as far as you can, put it in drive and slam the gas. If your front wheels just spin, congratulations its fwd. If it goes with little to no slip its awd.

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David Scott

Andrew that could also damage the awd if he has it

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Andrew Olsen

The back wheels will just overpower the parking brake if it's awd. The man said he doesnt want to crawl under the truck and has just bought it so I'm assuming has mounds of paperwork already stating it's AWD so idk if he'll be happy with seeing a VIN number. Another way to prove it is to just floor it on a dirt road from a stop and see what wheels spin. If it breaks doing what I said for just a few seconds it shouldnt be on the road.


just take the vin and call the local chevy dealership to confirm if it says awd on the papers and it turns out not to be then he is selling under false pretences

Daniel Frazier

I put parking brake on the put foot on gas and no spinning wheels car did move

Andrew Olsen

Do that in the dirt and see if it drags the back wheels. It doesn't always work on pavement. Or you can just look underneath to see if you have rear cv axles or not? Typically these things are just front wheel drive, so there will be a driveshaft to the rear and cv axles back there too if it's awd

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