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A6 Avant snow/ice traction problems

Discussion in 'A6/S6/Allroad forum (C5 Chassis)' started by bikingkate, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. bikingkate
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    [Dec 21, 2009]
    I bought a 55 plate A6 Avant S-Line 2.0 TDi manual a couple of months ago. Yesterday I took it out on ice & snow for the first time and found myself getting repeatedly stuck on the slightest incline. I also got the car into a few sideways slides which was very dangerous - all at low speed. Previously I had an 02 plate A6 Avant 1.9 TDi manual which was rock solid in snow and ice. Switching off ASR or ASR & ESP made no difference. I was so alarmed that I was convinced the traction control must be faulty. I took it into the dealer who hooked it up to the diagnostics equipment which said nothing is wrong. I don't know what to do now. The car is not safe to take out in snow/ice especially if not within each reach of home. I am seriously disillusioned. Has anybody got any other ideas?
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    [Dec 21, 2009]
    hi mate have you checked your tyres for tread depth the difference between new tyres and say tyres with 3mm of tread left is unbelievable they may be ok in the wet but low tread depth just wont cut it in snow and ice
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    [Dec 22, 2009]
    Prob down to tyre width... S-Line will be 245, what was your previous A6 tyres width?
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    [Dec 22, 2009]
    Yeh worth checking tyres - if you think about it - if the tread however deep gets full of icy snow (especially this sticky stuff we've got at the mo') you've effectively got no tread!!! I found the rear of mine slipping about a bit and they are defininitely approaching the limit - but I suspect everyone is feeling it a bit! Take care out there. Cheers. Bruce
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    [Dec 22, 2009]
    Thanks for the replies. This could well be a tyre problem. I've got 245/40 ZR 18 97Y Michelin Pilot Sports fitted and they are getting down to the 3-4mm level. At £200+ per tyre I wasn't rushing to change them but I think that's the next thing I'll try. I'll let you know how I get on (we'll probably have a mild spell now!). My old A6 had thinner tyres - 205/55 if I remember rightly.
    PS - has anyone found a good affordable alternative to the Michelin Pilot Sports?
    Thanks
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    [Dec 22, 2009]
    Pirelli P Zero's from main dealer for £169 a corner....

    Vredestein also cheaper but a very good tyre. £130 each for the back of my Beemer (255/35/18)
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    [Dec 23, 2009]
    got Falken 452's @ £106 each fitted.
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    [Dec 24, 2009]
    Guys, it's time for you to start getting winter tyres as there will be more snow every year.

    They are worth every penny on snow, snow mud and moist when temps are getting below 7 degC. I'm getting tired of people driving 5mph while there is no ice on the road or even snow. This causes gigantic traffic while with snow tyres you can drive 40mph without loosing traction.

    You have to remember that allwheather tyres are becoming hard in low temps so there is not enough grip to keep car on the road and also even with plenty of thread tyres can't clean itself from snow packed up in thread row.
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    [Feb 12, 2010]
    I have the same car and had the same problem in Feb 2009 as well as this winter. It is simply rubbish in snow and ice. This time round we had new Michelin Pilot Sports all round and still rubbish, so don't expect new tyres to make much difference.

    As for alternatives (if it's not too late), we had Continental Sport Contact 3's on the front last year and they did as many miles as the Michelins and were substantially cheaper.
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    FWD i take it?
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    [Feb 20, 2010]
    Big (wide), summer tyres and 2WD is not a great combination. I had a E36 M3 Evo a few years back and whilst a magnificant car, the big fat rear tyres on a rear wheel drive was a horrible combination on ice and snow. Either consider buying snow socks, or if you plan on keeping the car for a very long time, winter tyres might be worth the investment :cool:

    Other than that, you might want to check your tyre pressures. If they are high, then it will not help with your grip.
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