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CR-V, HR-V 1996-2012(Edit)

Automatic all wheel drive. Honda's Real Time Four Wheel Drive System. Normally front wheel drive vehicle. Torque transfer to rear axle via multi-plate clutch. Dual pump system is used to apply pressure to the clutch. It also disengages the clutch when braking to allow ABS work smoothly.

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Figure: Honda's rear differential with dual pump system and multi-plate clutch

Figure: Honda's dual pump system

Figure: Honda CR-V rear differential

Figure: Honda CR-V

Figure: Honda HR-V

Figure: honda cr v fourth generation transsmision

How Honda's Dual Pump 4WD works(Edit)

For most of the time, only the HR-V’s front wheels are driven; it’s only when they begin to lose grip that the Dual Pump system starts to send power to the rear wheels. This is achieved by a hydraulic torque-split system, consisting of a conventional front-wheel drive arrangement, complete with transfer case, a propeller shaft running the length of the vehicle and a Dual Pump system integrated with the rear differential. This is the heart of the system and comprises two hydraulic pumps, one driven by the front wheels via the prop shaft, the other by the rear wheels via the rear differential.

During normal levels of grip the front and rear wheels, and their respective pumps, turn at the same speed; hydraulic pressure circulates between the two pumps, but no pressure is generated. If the front wheels begin to lose traction and start to spin faster than those at the rear, the two pumps turn at different rates; hydraulic pressure proportional to the difference in their speeds is generated, which in turn opens a valve body and activates a mechanical, multi-plate clutch.

This clutch then connects the front prop shaft to the rear diff, which feeds precisely the correct amount of torque to the rear wheels to re-establish overall traction. The more the front wheels slip, the greater the torque fed to the rear wheels.

The Dual Pump arrangement weighs less than a conventional four-wheel drive system and demands little maintenance – just a fluid change at 72,000 miles and thereafter every 36,000 miles. Further advantage of this design is that it automatically disengages under braking, thereby allowing the ABS to operate.


CR-V (2012-...)(Edit)

Automatic all wheel drive. Normally front wheel drive with torque transfer to the rear axle via electronically-controlled multiplate clutch.

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Legend 2004-...(Edit)

Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system (SH-AWD) - torque-Vectoring full-time all wheel drive.

Honda's SH-AWD all wheel drive system(Edit)

By monitoring driver input and driving conditions, the SH-AWD system determines the optimum front-rear and lateral (left-right) torque distribution. This information is then conveyed to the rear differential, where direct electromagnetic clutches continuously regulate and vary front-rear torque distribution between ratios of 30:70 and 70:30, and lateral torque distribution in the rear wheels between ratios of 100:0 and 0:100. Torque is used not only for propulsion, but for cornering as well, resulting in a significant enhancement in vehicle maneuverability. SH-AWD system monitors vehicle speed, wheel speed, gear position, steering angle, yaw rate, lateral G forces and other inputs, while automatically adding torque to the outside rear wheel in corners to make the car turn quicker

How front-to-rear torque is distributed:(Edit)

Straight-line driving front-rear torque distribution is regulated for optimum performance in accordance with the amount of torque produced. During rapid acceleration the load on the front wheels is reduced; conversely, rear-wheel load is reduced during cruising. The result is stable driving at all times.

How left-to-right torque is distributed on the rear wheels:(Edit)

During cornering, torque to the rear wheels is continuously varied to supply up to 100% to the outside wheel and 0% to the inside wheel. This creates an inward yaw moment, significantly improving vehicle handling. Yaw moment is turning torque relative to the vertical axis running through the vehicle’s center of gravity.

When decelerating during cornering (throttle closed), torque to the outside rear wheel is freely varied to change from an inward to an outward yaw moment, ensuring vehicle stability at all times.

How does acceleration device works:(Edit)

The rear differential is also equipped with a built-in acceleration device. During cornering, the track of the outside rear wheel normally falls outside the average of the tracks of the front wheels. The outside rear wheel does not rotate fast enough to keep up with the front wheels, preventing efficient transmission of torque. To counteract this problem, the SH-AWD acceleration device alters the gearing to speed up the outside rear wheel’s rotation relative to the front wheels. This reduces torque transmission losses and significantly improves vehicle maneuverability. During straight-ahead driving, the twin-pinion planetary carrier spins in synchronization with the propeller shaft, causing the front and rear wheels to turn at the same speed. When the vehicle enters a curve, however, the� planetary carrier is locked to the case, releasing the device from synchronization with the propeller shaft and accelerating the rotation speed of the rear wheels. A hydraulic actuator which turns the clutches on and off, and a one-way clutch are included in this compact configuration.

Figure: Honda Legend SH-AWD rear differential.

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Figure: Acura RDX SH-AWD rear differential


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There are 13 comments
June 22, 2015 - 19:20

Hola! Si alguien me pudiera ayudar, lo agradezco. Tengo un Honda CRV-1999, con problemas de "clutcH"/aceleración??!!! Explico: camina bien, acelera bien, y de repente, no puedo "compresionar", cambio de marchas y acelero "pero el vehículo No se mueve", la aguja de potencia al máximo, pedal de "gas" al máximo, pero "no Camina". ¡Auxilio!!

January 19, 2015 - 11:33

What the different of Honda HR-V and Honda Vezel?

Don Scarbrough
December 14, 2014 - 04:33

I bought a 2014 Crosstour EX-L 6cyl that shows "4WD" on the hatchback, and has drive axles to all wheels. There is no apparent control to engage the 4WD. After reading all 568 pages of the owner manual, I find not a single word about the drive system, and still don't know if this is a full time all wheel drive or a part time that drives the front wheels only until slippage is detected. The dealer is no help.
Can someone enlighten me?

Reply to Don Scarbrough
February 06, 2015 - 22:06

There is no such thing as 'all wheel drive', no part-time/full-time nonsense.
Your car does not have a center differential-so it is not four wheel drive.
It is more sophisticated than a Jeep Wranger-which uses a very simplistic on/off connection to bring the front axle into play.
Your car is a front drive Power Take Off system. Mechanically 100% of the power goes to the front differential, minus how much is take off to the rear differential.
The CrossTour is Honda's last use of their updated dual pump system.

October 25, 2014 - 21:39

I guess the 2012 onwards version of the CR-V is not very keen of driving the rear wheels

August 18, 2014 - 17:59

Horacio Botella
March 16, 2014 - 16:51

Hola , alguien si me puede ayudar, tengo un problema con mi crv 2001, se calienta mucbleepedel diferencial trasero y empieza a chillar. al rato se desacopla todo el vehiculo , queda como desembragado. gracias

Reply to Horacio Botella
February 28, 2015 - 03:37

Lograste solucionar esto? me acaba de pasar lo mismo y pienso que el problema es el diferencial delantero. Me gustaria saber como resolviste

kim shepherd
September 28, 2013 - 17:07

Hi,dose the 4x4 system come in when making sharp slow turns? I seem to feel the tyres scuffing even when turning in to the drive!

January 19, 2012 - 18:53

The newest Honda CR-V adopts a modernized computer controlled clutch pack system (+ front & rear differentials)

Mike RIley
January 11, 2011 - 11:35
Honda HRV Transfer Box

Hi, I'm trying to replace the transfer box from a 2000 Honda HRV 1.6 CVT Automatic 4 wheel drive, have filled out a lot of forms on line but haven't found one yet. Can anyone advise me please?

January 11, 2010 - 00:23

Don't forget Honda's 'VTM-4' system: eliminates this dual pump nonsense, eliminates the rear differential. Each 'half-shaft' [axleshaft] is now independently coupled to the front via an electro-magnetically controlled wet clutch pack.

and the Acura 'SH-awd' system. How do you get a front wheel drive car to drive like a rear drive car? Easy, shunt as much power to the outer rear wheel during cornering, while not powering the inner rear-3 wheel drive.
Synthetic Handling would be a better name.

December 31, 2009 - 13:39

System updated 2005 with a 2 stage setting with quicker locking (1/8 wheel rotation) a simple ball ?n stop then the rest remains as above

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