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Transaxle Definition & Meaning

A Transaxle combines the transmission, differential, and ancillary systems around the axle into one integrated assembly. You will usually find transaxle configurations in cars where the engine is placed at the same end of the car as the drive wheels. For instance, when you have a front-engine, front-wheel drive configuration, or a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration, the design will use a transaxle.