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Old 01-05-2002, 09:01 PM   #1
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Default how embarrassing

Went skiing yesterday and got my car stuck in the snow! And it wasnt even deep snow. I was trying to turn my car around, and I pulled onto this patch of packed snow. When I was about half way through my 3 point turn, I felt the car sink about 2 or 3 inches. I got out and the packed snow had given way under the weight of my car under all 4 tires. Didnt help that my RE92s are worn down to the indicators. One of the guys that helped push me out said that all 4 tires were spinning and I was just sitting there. Took 4 people to push me out. Ahhhh so embarrassing, me in my Subaru, stuck on packed snow.
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Old 01-06-2002, 12:33 AM   #2
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That happend to me the first snow storm I had my legacy in. I was turning around at our shop, had to stop to back up, then of course the wheels sank a little. Just keep it moving. haha...

It's even more exciting now that it's nearly 2" lower!
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Old 01-06-2002, 05:01 AM   #3
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Didnt help that my RE92s are worn down to the indicators.
That would do it. Slicks in snow

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Old 01-06-2002, 01:41 PM   #4
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This is why you always back into you parking spot when it is snowing if you have crappy tires!
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Old 01-06-2002, 03:03 PM   #5

The only time I have ever been stuck was from being High-centered, all four wheels spinning at once.

Of course it was my own fault for coming into a 90-left with 3" of snow on the ground at about 35, not getting the back end around fast enough, and plowing right into a 4' high snowbank! That was fun as hell... I wanted to do it again... -giggle-
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Old 01-07-2002, 03:06 PM   #6
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at least ALL your 4 wheels were turning. i got stuck one time and only fronts were spinning which didnt help much and when i got help from some guys one of asked me if my car was AWD and i said....ummm yeah suppose to be. now that was
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Old 01-08-2002, 07:54 PM   #7
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the same thing (well, sorta) happened to me on the way to school today. I was heading down my hill on my way to school, and my neighbor was coming up the hill. being the nice person i am, i try to give her more room, and veer slightly to the right, thinking i had more room than i really did. unfortunately, i went a little too far, and my front right tire caught the edge of the ditch, and i got in the ditch....stuck...all four tires spinning . i ended up having to get pulled out by the same neighbor i was being nice to. oh well....it was a big ditch...
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Old 01-08-2002, 10:27 PM   #8
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Default Long post - true experience

Was up at Idyllwyld, CA (7000 ft elev) a year ago in 18" of heavy wet snow with the 01 Forester. Roads were covered with snow and I realized I was heading the wrong direction. I proceeded to make a really slow U-turn and as I started it, the front end slid to the right and kept right on going down into the ditch along the road. This after plowing through about two feet of snow that the snow plows had cleared a few hours before. My first thought was, "I've got forward momentum, just keep it going and come back up on the road and then try your U-turn again." What I didn't know was that that part of the road had a about a 1/2" of ice under the snow and it was slicker than proverbial you know what on a glass door knob.

The Forester kept going as far as it could go (and by this time it's a good 15-20 feet into the ditch, and the road is somewhere up and to the left) and all the while my wife and our two friends (four full-sized adults inside) were looking at me like what are you trying to do? What was happening was that the ditch side was deeping (interesting how you can't judge those things under snow) and the Forester was settling further and further to the right. Finally it just got too much snow under it and couldn't get any more traction and it stopped. The other three adult units are really looking at me with that "now what?" look.

I'm still pretty calm because I've been in these situatoins before and just put it into reverse and try to "gently" thread my way back out, following my previously laid down trail tracks. Well guess what? The back end (LSD is nicely warmed up by now) decides it's going to go south into the ditch too. Crap! So I get out and tromp over to the passenger side and start to punch down through the snow with my boots and realize that the ditch has leveled out and it's not going to get any deeper and the bank upslope will keep the Forester from going much farther to the right.

By this time several SUVs have "slid" past, literally, trying to stop to see if they can "save my bacon" and "tow" me out. Looking at them, and their setups, it would have been them in the ditch too so I just thanked them and proceeded to jockey the Forester back and forth until I had cleared enough snow and crap out from underneath to get it started out of the ditch. There were a couple of moments when the snow was flying from all the wheels and when it finally came out of the ditch all the SUVers cheered and clapped. It was pretty cool. One of the guys who was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee told me that he never would have believed that we would have driven out of there.

Moral of the story: (There's really several)

1. Be careful on snowy roads - even if they're level they can and usually do, have ice under them.
2. If you've got to do a U-turn on said roads, take it easy and don't misjudge your distances. Do a s-l-o-o-w three-point turn-around instead.
3. Don't be a macho man. If I had thought for a moment that the Forester couldn't handle the situation or it would have somehow endangered us to keep going, you can bet we would have stopped immediately and gotten out of the car.
4. And finally, and most importantly, if you get your Sube hung up make sure that there's a bunch of other SUVs and Cute Ute wannabe drivers hanging around so you can gracefully demonstrate for them the awesome beauty of Subaru's all-wheel drive.

Best regards, Dale
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Old 01-09-2002, 05:41 AM   #9
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No, not slow.. throw the wheel all the way while pulling up on the e-brake.. fling yer arse around and you'll be fine..

That's how I used to do it in my truck.. little toyota pickup rear drive.. instead of e-brake I just gunned it, but same thing. The front tires didn't have enough weight to grab much in the snow, so I had to improvise..
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