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#1 of 8 6 cyl Wheel Spin if wet (starting from stopped)?
Sep 19, 2010 (7:56 am)
With a 6 cyl Outback:
if it's raining, and you are stopped, then slam on the gas, will the wheels spin, or does it maintain traction?
2 cars ago, I had a fast 6 cyl accord, and if it was wet, and I slammed on the gas, the front wheels would spin out (I hated that).
My tribeca doesn't do that, but it's a lumbering 4,000 pounds, so I'm not sure if I can assume the lighter outback with the same engine would behave the same way.
#2 of 8 Re: 6 cyl Wheel Spin if wet (starting from stopped)? [pcguys]
Sep 20, 2010 (6:57 am)
I have to presume your previous Accord didn't have traction control. Your Tribeca does and that is probably why you don't have wheel spin upon heavy acceleration. I would presume that a new Outback would have traction control and the result would be the same as your Tribeca.
#3 of 8 Re: 6 cyl Wheel Spin if wet (starting from stopped)? [robr2]
Sep 20, 2010 (7:05 am)
My old accord DID have traction control. I know it activated in snow conditions during heavy acceleration.
It was 6 years ago, so my memory might be fuzzy, but I seem to recall when the wheels spin out, the yellow skid/traction light went on, and maybe it disengaged the engine, but the thing I know with great certainty is that I could make the wheels spin in wet / sudden accel.
Maybe traction traction control is inherently reactive (only kicks in after the spin-out)
#4 of 8 Re: 6 cyl Wheel Spin if wet (starting from stopped)? [pcguys]
Sep 20, 2010 (7:20 am)
When then your traction control was working as designed. It's a brake based system that applies the brakes. Technically, the wheels were spinning out when the brake was released leading to a chattering affect.
Tire condition can affect it as well. I know my Passat with TC and the current well worn tires will activate the TC system in the rain. When the tires were new, it didn't happen as much.
#5 of 8 Re: 6 cyl Wheel Spin if wet (starting from stopped)? [pcguys]
Sep 20, 2010 (9:22 am)
I would be very surprised if the Subaru "spins out." Even on gravel, it will barely slip a tire.
#6 of 8 Re: 6 cyl Wheel Spin if wet (starting from stopped)? [pcguys]
Sep 20, 2010 (10:32 am)
The AWD splits power 45/55 by default, so wheelspin is unlikely unless traction is very poor.
It doesn't have to react, the power is already distributed.
#7 of 8 Re: 6 cyl Wheel Spin if wet (starting from stopped)? [pcguys]
Jun 11, 2011 (6:01 pm)
Yes, till 2009 models accord was spinning during the rain when you try to start from full stop - happen to me multiple times with my 09 v6 accord, I hated it but it was related to OEM tires - that model of Michelin is so bad so the moment I replaced them on Bridgestone Potenza 960 A/S - I had no issues at all. with OEM tires it was dangerous to drive during the snow and you almost had to make a full stop to make a turns or get on a ramps because I had a feeling I would just sway out during U-turns, luckily it is all gone after tire replacement - OEM tires were good for mpg may be but the worth tires ever, I guess the worst part was that they were 93V - not good for the car weight, recently I went to dealership to test drive 2011 accord - they use now Firestone - which is a way better. But listen, now I can run at 50mph to make a turn right or left and i kick everyone's butt at red lights etc. My family is growing and that's why I'm here now looking at Subaru Tribeca - making my homework before buying, you can find all that info about bad tires on accord forum btw.
#8 of 8 Re: 6 cyl Wheel Spin if wet (starting from stopped)? [okani]
Jun 14, 2011 (10:05 am)
Tires are a huge factor, 2nd only perhaps to the driver.