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Old 10-21-2003, 06:45 PM   #1
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Default Automatic AWD feels like its kicking in late?

I know how the rear wheels on a automatic kick in when it feels wheel slip, but mine is slow to do it. like when im messing around sliding in some gravel or something, and the rear wheels just kick in after hesitating a bit? is this just normal or a bad sign? its kind of nerve racking and dangerous. almost lost it on wet pavement a couple times. any easy fixes besides a 5mt swap?
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Old 10-21-2003, 07:28 PM   #2
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i myself have never been that impressed with the awd on my auto, but some say its better than the manuals too. what i have noticed, is in the winter i will go out and try to make it slip, and it will take about 2 or 3 times of me forcing it to slip for it to kick into what seems to be a "winter" mode, or at least i can then tell the rear wheels are being driven and it seems to stay that way until driving for a little while normally.

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Old 10-21-2003, 09:02 PM   #3
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I only tried that in winter.. trying to spin front wheels, it takes about 1/2 sec and you can feel the rear kick in hard.. but that's about the only time..
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Old 10-21-2003, 11:13 PM   #4
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yeah, the AWD on my old skool 4EAT is not too impressive. Works good but there is a noticable (1/2 sec or so) delay before you really feel it. Keep in mind I have only really observed this on snow...
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Old 10-22-2003, 09:34 AM   #5
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Are you getting any kind of a "thump" or "clunk" from the center section of the car when it finally shifts torque to the rear? If so, the center diff/electronic servo clutch pack could be going. Like NiTRoN and others have indicated, there is a typical 1/2 second before kickin (actually it's more like 1/10 of a second or less if everything is operating correctly) and should be seamlessly unnoticeable.

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Old 10-22-2003, 11:58 AM   #6
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Yeah... I guess 1/10s is about right. It just seems like forever when you are expecting it to be instantaneous.

The AWD system on the 4EAT is more of an off-road / snow / adverse conditions type setup than something that was meant for pavement usage. After all, if your front wheels are spinning significantly in a turn, you're not going to be turning much at all. Still, I've been pretty impressed with mine on gravel and dirt. But I wouldn't expect anything spectacular on pavement, even if it's wet.
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Old 10-22-2003, 05:43 PM   #7
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you might be right about the 1/10 th.. i never sat in a car with a stop watch and measure
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Old 10-22-2003, 08:54 PM   #8
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so others have it too... It seems like an eternity when Im pushin it but its probably between 1/2-1/10 sec. man id like to find a manual turbo legacy parts car...
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