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RE: 2WD v. AWD
Andrew, dunno what yer sniffin, but I want some. 3 diff locks? Not on
any q I've seen, but then I *do* need glasses. Preferably the highball
variety, with my single malt neat, not polluted by anything. Most q's
have either 2 locks (rear and middle - my wife's old '87 5KSQ), 1 lock
(rear, middle is TORSEN - my CQ) or none (inverse ABS rear, middle is
TORSEN I think - EDL cars, or both are TORSEN - V8q). I know of no road
USA qs with a driver selectable locking front diff, but I may just be
showing my profound ignorance.
From: Andrew Duane USG/PE [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, 27 August 1997 2:37 PM
Subject: Re: 2WD v. AWD
Hairy green toads from Mars made Mark Trank say:
> Can anyone give me a quick and definitive response to the
> local mechanic recently opined to me that the quattro system
> normal mode) in front-wheel drive; only when activated (i.e.,
> differential activated) does the four wheel drive mode kick
> understand differently --that quattro is AWD at all times but
> have the ability to direct more power/traction to the front or
> wheels when activating the front/rear differential.
Absolutely wrong (the mechanic, that is).
Quattros (with the newer systems) default to 25% at each wheel.
The rear diff lock only locks the two rear wheels together to
provide extra stability for unsticking yourself if needed.
The older systems (with 3 diff locks) could allow most
of wheels locked together.
But, at all times, this is an AWD car.
Andrew L. Duane (JOT-7) email@example.com
Digital Equipment Corporation (603)-881-1294
110 Spit Brook Road
Nashua, NH 03062-2698
Only my cat shares my opinions, and she's too heavy to care.