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Old 11-27-2012, 03:22 PM   #31 (permalink)
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What about the option Traildust said, "I've still had my greatest success shutting off VSC/TRAC to move across snow or ice, and that's with the crappy OEM Duelers mounted too."?
Read this assessment....says it all for me.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:41 AM   #32 (permalink)
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What exactly does this button do when pushed other than make a dash light come on? The manual doesn't say much beyond using for slippery conditions like snow. Is it good for rain? Does using it affect MPG? Thanks.
I am currently testing the MPG effects of using the SNOW mode exclusively for an entire tank of gas. I live in south texas btw, so never a need for this function in normal driving.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:46 PM   #33 (permalink)
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This could be interesting....
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I've used snow mode, which locks out first gear anf forces 2nd gear starts, on my '02HL for years in stop and go traffic. 1st Gen transmissions are otherwise fairly nervous in stop and go, constantly shifting between 1 and 2.

Our '08 Snow mode appears to just be a de-sensitizing of the throttle and timing retard, rather than keeping 1st gear locked out.
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So I got 21.3 MPG on a tank using snow mode. Typical for me over the past year is 20.5 to 21. Probably not significant enough to distinguish. The throttle response is greatly reduced. It felt like the torque converter stayed in lockup more often, limiting higher engine RPM between shifts.
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It starts in second gear, so yeah way less torque when going from dead stop...
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It starts in second gear, so yeah way less torque when going from dead stop...
No it doesn't. It starts in 1st gear, but throttle response is reduced and the ECM transmission computer use different torque management algorithms than in NORMAL mode. However, if you push the accelerator to the floor, you will have the same acceleration response as normal.
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Yep all 5 gears. It just de-tunes the throttle response...basically.
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ahh yep I went back and read it again...
OLDER versions do this not 2nd gen.. Got it....
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It does more than just start your car in second gear. You can be driving at 60 on the highway and push the snow button and you will feel your accelerator pedal become less responsive and seem to drop in that you have to push it harder to get the same responsive power you had before hitting the button. It definitely changes the power/torque settings so you wont spin wheels.
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It does more than just start your car in second gear.
Doesn't start in 2nd gear on this car, still goes through all 5 gears.
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