quattro digest, Vol 1 #4292 - Locked diffys - was: Snow Driving Q
Larry C Leung
l.leung at juno.com
Wed Dec 4 18:38:42 EST 2002
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I agree, however when making suggestions on driving to
unknowns (i.e. not actually watching what the driver is
doing) one must er on the safe side. Due to the original
poster seeming to cause all of the types of cars he's
driving to go into understeer, he's entering turns too fast.
Easy situation to cause a fully locked Q to lock all 4 and
run off the road or into someone, especially in a panic.
Also, lister doesn't mention snows, all the more reason
for cautious advice.
As a note, on an unexpected snow day late in spring
once while driving my 4KQ on Dunlop D60-A2's (snows
off already) I managed to spin the 4KQ when entering
a corner at what would've been normal snow tire speeds.
Although I could have tried power sliding to correct the
spin, the road was narrow and there were parked cars around,
so I adopted "when in a spin, both feet in". Not sure if the
lesser experienced would have done that.
LL - NY
On Wed, 04 Dec 2002 18:20:49 -0500 "R Mangas" <porter_dog at hotmail.com>
> No, that's exactly my point- it is significantly _less_ likely
> that you
> will lock up all 4; it's simply more difficult to do. I agree that
> up all 4 would be more dangerous than just losing one corner, but
> the fact
> is that with the diffs locked up hard you'll really have to work to
> get that
> to occur. As ever, technology is no replacement for proper
> technique but
> even if I go out and am ham-footed on the brakes _on purpose_ I get
> braking in the snow and slush with the diffs locked that with them
> (4kq, manual difflocks center and rear, good Blizzaks).
> Maybe those urging caution drive harder than I do- if there's snow
> on the
> ground I'm locked up and I've never had any unfortunate
> 'consequences' which
> have made me wish for more 'practice' (but that doesn't stop me from
> to 'practice' every chance I get ;) )
> >From: Larry C Leung <l.leung at juno.com>
> >To: quattro at audifans.com,porter_dog at hotmail.com
> >Subject: Re: quattro digest, Vol 1 #4292 - Locked diffys - was:
> >Driving Q
> >Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2002 14:50:57 -0500
> >The risk, of locked diffys is it is also equally
> >possible to loose traction at ALL FOUR corners
> >if a wheel locks or spins, thus completely losing control
> >of the car. Must be used with practice and knowledge
> >of the consequences.
> >LL - NY
> > > From: "R Mangas" <porter_dog at hotmail.com>
> > > To: brett at cloud9.net, KMracer007 at aol.com, quattro at audifans.com
> > > Subject: Re: Snow Driving Q
> > > Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2002 12:45:09 -0500
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Must respectfully disagree. Difflocks are good, using them is
> > > 'an
> > > advanced technique' and having the differentials locked is
> useful in
> > > many
> > > more situations that just getting unstuck. Locking the center
> > > the wet is
> > > great for reduced stopping distance alone, nevermind the added
> > > traction.
> > >
> > > Robert
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