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Re: driving on snow
1. Audi 90q has full time quattro system. How do I disengage the
quattro system ?
2. If the "q" is not great for cornering in snow/ice, then what is it
good for ?
On Tue, 12 Dec 1995 AUDIONLY@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 95-12-10 19:55:42 EST, you write:
> >We've got our 1st major snow fall. My q performs quite well on
> >straight take-off. But I am somewhat disappointed with cornering. I
> >experienced more skidding than what I would expect from my q, with 4 new
> >Goodyear eagle aquatreds.
> >Question - when cornering, is it better to drop to lower gear and
> >maintain a higher rpm, or remain in higher gear and let the rpm
> >drops ? ie: which way does the "q" system work better ?
> I have found (by driving 200 miles once a week from Denver to Vail) that the
> Audi corners better on snow and ice WITHOUT the quattro system being engaged.
> The reason being that when the quattro system is engaged all four wheels must
> turn at the same rate. In a corner, the outside wheels must turn faster than
> the inside. The result is that at least two of the wheels must skid on the
> snow/ice which reduces traction. I tested this deduction last year on a
> frozen lake in Georgetown, Colorado where they have ice racing. I put the
> car into the tightest turn possible in first gear and began accelerating. The
> tires broke at a much slower speed with the quattro system on, then off.
> In regards to your comment about putting the car in neutral to neutralize the
> quattro system.........This is incorrect......The only way to disengage the
> effects of the quattro system is to turn it off. Otherwise, all four wheels
> must turn at the same rate.
> >How about neutral ? I suppose "q" system won't have any effect when
> >the car is in neutral. If that is the case, when approaching a stop
> >( on snow) would it be better to left trans. in gear and apply brake
> >until the car is so slow that one has to step on the clutch ?
> >I suppose stepping on the clutch would be like neutral, which will
> >negate the "q" system.
> >Solomon Ngan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > '93 100s
> > '90 90q20v
> > '84 5ks