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In the previous guide we presented in detail the operation of gearboxes on Snowrunner, I invite you to consult it if you have not already done so. Another essential element of the gameplay is the mastery of l’AWD and you differential lock. Elements at first glance a little complex, but which are not that much with a little explanation. The objective of this guide is therefore to present you in detail these two essential elements to be able to carry out all your missions and avoid getting stuck in the middle of a pond full of mud.

Understanding everything to AWD (and RWD)

In order to explain what AWD (and by extension RWD) is in Snowrunner, let’s start by making a small detour through the mechanics (I promise the detour will be quick because I am not a great specialist).

Any rolling vehicle is equipped with a transmission which aims to transmit (it bears its name rather well …) the movement of the gearbox to the wheels. If the transmission drives the two front wheels of the vehicle this is called in French a traction (or FWD in English for Front Wheel Drive), if it drives the two rear wheels this is called a propulsion (or RWD in English for Rear Wheel Drive) and finally if it drives the four wheels of the vehicle at the same time, this is called an all-wheel drive or more simply a “4 × 4” (AWD in English for All Wheel Drive).

In Snowrunner things are a little easier because there are only two different modes on your vehicle:

In the end the difference between the two is not so complicated, is it? Unfortunately there are a few more special things to take into account in Snowrunner. Indeed, if you look at your vehicles in the garage, you will see that on the description you have several possible indications for the AWD, four precisely:

So there are two types of AWD in Snowrunner. With an “activatable AWD” you can decide to switch from RWD to AWD depending on the situation, while with an “always active AWD” you will not be able to do it, it will always be engaged, resulting in higher fuel consumption. . It is therefore a choice to make depending on the terrain you are going to practice.

Finally, note that unlike the differential lock, you can use your AWD both in automatic (A), low (L) or high (H) speeds, there is no need to worry about this.

Understand everything about differential lock

Let’s start our explanation once again with a quick mechanical detour. The vehicles are equipped with a differential on the driving wheels which allows each wheel to be independent of each other. It is this device that makes it possible to turn because, thanks to the differential, the wheel located on the inside of the bend will turn less quickly than the one located on the outside. Very practical, isn’t it?

Yes but now, the differential is not very well suited to difficult conditions. As soon as the vehicle attacks mud or snow the wheels will not turn at the same speed resulting in loss of grip and slippage. This will therefore slow you down or even block you completely.

In Snowrunner, experience taking a vehicle without a differential lock out of your garage and rush into the first pool of mud. You will then quickly see that one wheel spins faster than the other, you will skate, lose grip and it is all over for you.

This is where our famous differential lock will come into play (the “diff block” indicated above your gearbox in the game). By activating it you will force your wheels to turn at the same speed which will give you back grip and traction and allow you to face the most difficult terrain.

The differential lock is therefore a very useful device for crossing complicated areas of the game, in addition to the AWD!

As with the AWD, there are two types of differential lock:

AWD and differential lock now hold no secrets for you. Their good use, coupled with good management of the gearbox, will allow you to get out of all situations.

You will find opposite the link to our guide entirely devoted to the management of the gearbox in Snowrunner.