If the automatic transmission in your Yugo goes out, that'd be a HUGE expense
for you. The question then is: do Yugo transmissions fail?
You've already been told the quattro (small q, please) system is not known to
fail, hence the expense of replacing it for vast majority of owners is never
Can you say the same thing about your Yugo?
That statement reflects either an utter lack of understanding of what AWD
means vs what traction control does, or it is simply an example of a poorly
stated point. Your pick.
You brought up tires as an issue - don't make me go back and copy your
original post or I'll get cranky. You have since been told that tire life may
actually be superior with quattro.
No, that's not what you said. *I* pointed out that tires for a quattro are
bought in fours. Whether a unrepairable tire can simply be replaced with a new
but identical tire depends on wear, which in the end isn't all that different
'00 s4 6spd
like I just posted 4x4s and performance vehicles cost more, I do my own so
it's a moot point. no a proper TCS is similar not the same but gets the
power to the wheels that need it, just like Quatt. I don't want you to get
mad, I just want to see how the tire wear is better for Quatt. I went and
looked in my maint. guide and it said all 4 tires should be changed at the
same time or damage COULD occur to the AWD system.
On 08 Jan 2004 15:23:40 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.orgPirate (Dave LaCourse)
OK, but now I have a situation with snow tires where one was punctured
in the side wall after 10k miles and replaced under road hazard
warranty; will this one new tire create problems with my differential?
My independent garage assures me it won't.
On 08 Jan 2004 23:54:35 GMT, email@example.comPirate (Dave LaCourse)
Your answer confirms my suspicion, plus this new tire is the exact
same mfr, model, and size as the other three. As for the puncturing
(punctuation?? :), that happened because I was overly assiduous in
parking the car on the street next to the curb. What really happened
was that I slightly slit the sidewall by scraping it on the curb,
weakening it. No air loss, but a disaster waiting to happen.
Gosh! You've heard of tire shaving! I'm stunned! Of course, I'm not
surprised that you seem to be ignorant of the fact that this is *not* done
to make the tires the same diameter, but for *competition purposes*!
Autocrossers and dedicated track driving enthusiasts as well as road racers
will have the tread shaved down for reasons I won't bother to explain to
you. You ought to be able to "goggle" it sufficiently to find out. If not,
at least it will keep you out of here for a few minutes ...
(Been there; drove that)
if you knew anything about cars you know that if you have a full time AWD
the tires can't deviate more than 1/4". yes autocrossers also use this but
so do a lot of AWD cars, but you should know that.
Gee; you'd think that in over 10 years of teaching driving schools for the
BMW and Audi QUATTRO clubs, I'd have run into (or even heard of) *somebody*
who shaved his tires to size ... but I haven't.
BTW, want to tell us all you know about AWD differentials? Start with how
many Audi Quattro differentials *you've* ever seen *fail* (as I seem to
recall that was the original topic here). Of those, how many failed because
the tire diameters diverged by more than your 1/4" benchmark? When you
determine that number, divide any whole number by it and tell us what
message you see on your computer screen.
(Hint: "Divide overflow")
(Been there; couldn't break that)
Here, in the UK, there were instances of differential failure in AWD Volvos,
IIRC. The failure was, officially at least, blamed on different tyre sizes,
due to not changing all 4 tyres at the same time, AFAIK.
Anybody able to confirm? Or is my memory failing even more? :)
Having seen an AWD Volvo reverse on gravel, on full lock, with the
inside rear wheel continually spinning and throwing up a barrage of
stones, I have to believe that the technology is very different to the
current quattro system.
Neither of my quattro-equipped cars have behaved like that Volvo.
Peter Bell (Note Spamtrap - To reply, replace 'invalid' with 'bellfamily')
AFAIK, yes - the problem first turned-up on the FWD "smoke, smoke, and more
smoke from the front" hot estates and was a definite recommendation for the
T5 (a friend of mine had one)
Subject to failing memory, I think they stated a maximum difference of only
1.5mm - particularly unrealistic in Basingstoke (UK joke - to the casual
visitor, the town appears to consist of roundabouts connected by not a great
deal else). With four tyres only lasting three months, he elected to swap
AFAIK, Volvo now use Haldex, just like Audi.
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