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re: diffs in quattros

C1J1Miller@aol.com decided to speak these words:

>Driving in this AM, went up a slight hill at about 30mph.  Right side of lane
>100% ice, left side dry pavement.  Drove up it fine, but if I gave it
>throttle, could feel both wheels on the right side spin, with tach and
>spedometer also going up.  Is there some residual power applied to the wheels
>with traction? or if I was at a complete stop, would I be stuck (until I used
>the rear diff lock, up to 15mph max speed?)

This is what i would imagine would happen.  Because there are front and 
rear open diffs, the power from left to right goes to the wheels with the 
least grip.  The torsen distributes it front to rear.  This is why when 
you lock the rear diff, it would make a difference and allow you to go 


also, this should have been remedied in both the V8 with the rear torsen 
and the quattro 4 equipped cars with the EDL system....

Michael Sheridan Williams

My new one: 1985 4000 S Quattro
172,000+ miles, and going like a new car

1985 Coupe GT(for sale, cheap, $1000)
163,000+ miles