Last night I took a turn on hard/slick snow packed intersection. The vehicle was in a "power slide", and there was this horrific shuddering from the engine or CVT, as the "slip" indicator light came on. Has anyone experienced anything like this?
Thanks. Yes--it must have been the VDC "doing what it is supposed to do", pumping my brakes at 10 hz and killing the throttle, while I was trying to give it gas to pull myself through the turn. My only other experience with AWD was an Audi Quattro c.1990, which didn't have any electronic traction control, just that nice predictible AWD. You could punch the gas and pull yourself through a turn quite nicely.
If you havent felt the VDC kick in, you should experience it so you know what it feels like. It truly felt horrible. But, I didn't spin out...
The VDC is a quirky beast. I have a fairly steep driveway and yesterday parked my car in the incline so I could move one of my other vehicles. When I got back in the MO I put it in drive and tried to pull forward, however the car would only make a meager attempt forward and backoff. I floored the car, but nothing changed. The slip light provided a little light show but I went nowhere, forwards or back.
After that I turned off the VDC and did a nice little sideways burnout all the way to the top of the driveway. The VDC is a great tool to keep you safe, but man did it spoil the fun!
This morning got to work a bit late and had to park on the roof of my parking structure, which had become an ice skating rink over the weekend. Completely iced over, at least 1" thick. After some slipping and sliding (i thought the SLIP light bulb was going to burn out), I managed to ABS myself into a parking space.
Unfortunately my boots don't have VDC. Walking very carefully on the ice, my attention was distracted for a moment by the sound of an ambulance (its right next to a hospital), then wham I took a major spill (imaging banana peel slip, that was what it looked like). I was carrying my laptop at the time and didn't want to see it smashed to bits, so I braced my fall with my hand, which ended up being sprained. :25:
So be careful out there WALKING on the snow/ice. Your boots don't have VDC!