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 FWD

Question type: General

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

9 Answers

104,845

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.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
1,475

http://service.gm.com/dealerworld/vincards/pdf/vincard05.pd 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.

6 of 6 people found this helpful.
1,475

http://service.gm.com/dealerworld/vincards/pdf/vincard05.pdf the link didn't show properly on the first post

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
20,775

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.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
1,475

Andrew that could also damage the awd if he has it

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
20,775

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.

10

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

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

20,775

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

Your Answer

Equinox

Looking for a Used Equinox in your area?

CarGurus has 78,292 nationwide Equinox listings starting at $1,843.

ZIP:

Chevrolet Equinox Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    2,080
  • #2
    David Scott
    Reputation
    1,070
  • #3
    TransAm77
    Reputation
    780
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Escape
1,128 Great Deals out of 107,759 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda CR-V
719 Great Deals out of 64,357 listings starting at $1,495
Used Ford Explorer
1,018 Great Deals out of 67,538 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota RAV4
624 Great Deals out of 62,865 listings starting at $1,995
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
859 Great Deals out of 72,064 listings starting at $900
Used Chevrolet Malibu
943 Great Deals out of 52,790 listings starting at $1,599
Used Kia Sorento
432 Great Deals out of 34,857 listings starting at $2,480
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
784 Great Deals out of 40,138 listings starting at $1,799
Used Nissan Murano
419 Great Deals out of 24,594 listings starting at $400
Used Hyundai Santa Fe
240 Great Deals out of 17,385 listings starting at $1,950

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Chevrolet Equinox LT FWD For Sale
39 Great Deals out of 1,201 listings starting at $14,995
2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT FWD For Sale
56 Great Deals out of 2,222 listings starting at $10,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.