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Do 2014 Ford Explorer xlt FWD have PTU/ Transfer Case Unit and Differential case???? Thank you.
 

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Do 2014 Ford Explorer xlt FWD have PTU/ Transfer Case Unit and Differential case???? Thank you.
PTU. It is always turning the rear drive shaft. The rear diff has special motors that engage the rear wheels when needed.

Ford didn't start putting drain plugs in the PTU until 2014, and then only on certain models.
I have a 14 and drilled and tapped my own. Best to do it before 100k miles, some say sooner and on that same frequency. The fluid is not lifetime like ford says as the gear oil burns up and causes failure and exploding PTUs.
 

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PTU. It is always turning the rear drive shaft. The rear diff has special motors that engage the rear wheels when needed.

Ford didn't start putting drain plugs in the PTU until 2014, and then only on certain models.
I have a 14 and drilled and tapped my own. Best to do it before 100k miles, some say sooner and on that same frequency. The fluid is not lifetime like ford says as the gear oil burns up and causes failure and exploding PTUs.
OOPS OOOPS OOPS. I thought you said AWD. My statement is completely wrong.
The FWD - Front Wheel Drive, does not have a PTU, nor a Transfer case, nor a differential. Most (all?) FWD vehicles do not need those as they are only needed to get power to the rear wheels.
FWD vehicles get power directly from the transmission, since, you know, it is located up front ;)
 

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OOPS OOOPS OOPS. I thought you said AWD. My statement is completely wrong.
The FWD - Front Wheel Drive, does not have a PTU, nor a Transfer case, nor a differential. Most (all?) FWD vehicles do not need those as they are only needed to get power to the rear wheels.
FWD vehicles get power directly from the transmission, since, you know, it is located up front ;)
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PTU. It is always turning the rear drive shaft. The rear diff has special motors that engage the rear wheels when needed.

Ford didn't start putting drain plugs in the PTU until 2014, and then only on certain models.
I have a 14 and drilled and tapped my own. Best to do it before 100k miles, some say sooner and on that same frequency. The fluid is not lifetime like ford says as the gear oil burns up and causes failure and exploding PTUs.
I'm new to the variations of these models. Which 2014 models have the drain plug?

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I'm new to the variations of these models. Which 2014 models have the drain plug?

Thanks!

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You know, I really couldn't keep it straight. You would know thought, as it would be in the lowest spot on the PTU, and there is really only one place it can be. Thus why it was easy to tap my own.
Here is the guide that I used. PTU oil change write up?
 
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