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Old 12-16-2007, 12:35 PM   #1
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So I hit a patch of black ice last night and ended sliding into a telephone pole going about 5 - 10 mph. Looks like I'll be replacing front bumper, driver's side headlight, and driver's side front fender. But that's not my question.

I could not get the car back into the road by just reversing. The front two wheels ran up the curb but the back wheels were still on the road. I had to get someone to push from the front of the car while I reversed. I don't think the back wheels were spinning at all. Is this normal?
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Old 12-16-2007, 02:50 PM   #2
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My AWD works in reverse I believe. Last time I got stuck in some mud I am pretty sure when I reversed out all four were spinning.
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:18 PM   #3
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It was probably your front wheels both spinning with ease causing very little power to be transferred to the back wheels. Happened to me before
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:42 PM   #4
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It was probably your front wheels both spinning with ease causing very little power to be transferred to the back wheels. Happened to me before
you mean the rear wheels were slipping which transferred most of the power to the front wheels.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:28 PM   #5
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Once when I was getting out of a parking spot with about 8 inches of snow my co-workers said that it was funny that my rear wheels spun faster than my front wheels. Then I let them know wbout the 40-60 distribution in the WRX. The car made it out of the spot with a little finagling.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:29 PM   #6
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out of curiosity, how were you in reverse and then hit your front bumper. On a side note though that sucks. Hope you get it fixed up soon.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:35 PM   #7
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you mean the rear wheels were slipping which transferred most of the power to the front wheels.


Isn't the center diff a viscous coupling? That would mean that while slipping, the slipping wheel would get most of the power, but the sticky-wheels would get a lot more power than with an open diff, which still isn't much when you've got a wheel with zero traction.


right?

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Old 12-16-2007, 08:18 PM   #8
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it is AWD all the time
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:31 PM   #9
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out of curiosity, how were you in reverse and then hit your front bumper.
he didnt say he was in reverse when he hit his car, he said he wrecked his car and tried to reverse
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:50 PM   #10
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AWD works in reverse.

Your '03 WRX has center and rear differentials. It is possible that your rears were on ice, and one of your fronts was in the air or on ice as well. Without a front diff, the front wheel with the solid traction would not get any power. Ever seen a Scoobnut?
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:44 PM   #11
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Once when I was getting out of a parking spot with about 8 inches of snow my co-workers said that it was funny that my rear wheels spun faster than my front wheels. Then I let them know wbout the 40-60 distribution in the WRX. The car made it out of the spot with a little finagling.
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