[A4] Intro and ABS brakes question

Gordie's Garage audidoodie at comcast.net
Mon Jan 31 18:33:26 EST 2005

Greg, you may be experiencing what many new Audi owners experience their
first winter of driving.  When you accelerate with Quattro, you grip and go
regardless of the tires/road conditions (well, to a degree).  Subconciously
one thinks, hmmm, roads are not too bad, and then when brake time comes,
it's the ole subconcious that tells you when to hit the skids and on slick
roads, it's just a bit too late so you have to hit them harder, abs
actuates, and you know the story.  5/32" of tread is not all that much, but
enough to get going with a quat.
I run Dunlop Wintersport M3 and have been very happy with both snow and dry
driving.  P Zero Nero's for me in the summer.
Get some snows, or conciously think about beginning your braking sooner on
slick roads.:-)

'98 A4 1.8TQ
'03 A6 Avant
coupe of old MGs

> Hello Fans,
> My wife and I own (it's her wheels) a 2001 A-4. It's our first Audi and
> actually our first German made auto. It was purchased in the spring of
> 2004 and so this is the first winter driving season for us. We are
> enjoying the handling and comfort of this car very much.
> Here's the question.
> How sensitive are the ABS brakes supposed to be? This car will not stop
> on snowy roads! The ABS activates with only the slightest pedal pressure
> and the car just keeps on going with very little braking action.
> Our dealer has agreed to look into our complaint but seemed to want to
> put the blame on the tires. They are Pirelli 6000 with 5/32" tread
> depth.
> I asked if the ABS could be disabled for snow use and he replied that it
> could not be.
> Any one else have a similar experience with their A4?
> Greg Myers     Paradise, Pa.
> 2001 A-4

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