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RE: Re: Adding fuel
Phil Payne is quoted as saying (after a major snip)
:::To claim that an obvious defect of the magnitude of the proposed spider
:::bite still exists without recalls in tens or hundreds of thousands of
:::vehicles being driven all over the globe beggars belief. This mailing
:::list is the world wide sole source of any such suggestion.
Dave Lawson replies to this statement with:
` I haven't seen any posts where someone says that there is a defect
` and a recall should occur. I view this possible handling trait as an
` undocumented feature and a few people are trying understand the
` operating conditions which are needed to bring this handling trait to the
` surface. It sounds like all involved would admit that the torsen is a great
` torque distribution device, and performs its job very well for what
` 99.999% of the Audi driving public wants(or needs). It is only under
` extreme operating conditions that we are discussing how this handling trait
` might occur, and I can't even begin to imagine approaching these
` conditions on public roads, like coming into corners with the car
` yawed 70-80 degrees to it's velocity vector, or trying to carry way more
` speed than the traction conditions allow, etc.
To which I add:
Unfortunately, in the real world, the unexpected may occur. Here in New
England, for example, I could be driving on a snowy street, around a corner,
and have some idiot in an SUV cross the median into my lane. Now, you better
be able to manage your car at or near 100%...or you'll hit that SUV, or other
traffic, or that big oak tree at the side of the road. Low cf, the great
equalizer; where one minute you're driving on dry pavement, then crest a hill
and hit the unexpected black ice on a curve.
If the "bite" is inherent to the device, and agravated by poor alignment, I
want to know, and will be checking my aligment more often! Whether it's due
to the torsen, or not, I want to know how to avoid it.