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Wheel spin on acceleration

coresme2 Mar 10, 2019

  1. coresme2

    coresme2 New Member

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    Something which has been bugging me since I got the A5 2.0 S Tronic new last July is that the wheels spin very easily when for example exiting roundabouts or junctions. It does this in any weather and not just if the road surface is suspect.

    I’m not exactly flooring it either but am relatively new to driving (passed May 2018) so would appreciate some advice on whether there’s either something wrong with the car, the way I’m driving it, or if the tires it’s shipped with are just not very good. Just don’t all reply saying I should have got a Quattro. They cost too much to insure as a new driver :(
     
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  3. Karzolia

    Karzolia Member

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    U need to go easy on the throttle otherwise you’ll be needing new tyres very soon


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  4. APaxton

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    I’ve found it a real problem with my TFSI 190 too, I’ve developed a driving style whereby I release the brake allow the car to begin moving on its own before graudally feeding in power. Even then if I’m a little too quick to put the power in it wheel spins...really not impressed with the car at all! My first set of front tyres lasted just 9000miles changed for a different tyre and still the same problem. I heavily regret not going for Quattro and all to avoid £350 extra road tax a year!
     
  5. Karzolia

    Karzolia Member

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    Absolutely mate.
    The combination of
    Front wheel drive/auto is not a great combination. U really have to teach urself not to accelerate too heavily.
    With manuals its alot easier as u can regulate the the throttle input by playing with the clutch.


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  6. EUSROMA

    EUSROMA New Member

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    It’s a common problem with front wheel drive cars with a lot of torque including the 2.0 TFSI if you hit the accelator hard you can break away the front tyres.
    If course some Tyres are better than others, but maybe not push down as Karzolia said.
    It also depends on the drive mode select and gearbox mode. If you’re driving in dynamic drive mode + gearbox in sport mode , I would imagine there’s a higher risk of breaking away the front tyres and the stability control kicking in.
     
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  7. Karzolia

    Karzolia Member

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    Yes very true
    U can also experiment by taking of in 2nd gear as apposed to first gear that will also minimise wheel spin
    All in all, just practice on being easy on the throttle until u know youve got bite n traction in those front tyres. Then you’ll be fine.


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  8. APaxton

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    Agreed - I’ve had adopt an extremely unnatural driving style to counter the appalling grip on offer. Next one will definitely be Quattro.
     
  9. IJB1959

    IJB1959 Active Member Team Mythos Sportback Audi S5

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    I have a Quattro but appreciate your issue as I had a 2.0 TFSI on loan whilst in service. I think the standard tyres do not help the issue, so maybe get some advice from a reputable tyre shop. I do agree with others though that you will also need to adapt your driving style to compensate. Nothing wrong with the car BTW.
     
  10. coresme2

    coresme2 New Member

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    Well, mine came with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. Would there be anything gained from replacing them, even after 3000 miles? The tread doesn’t look like it is worn very much. I usually drive in either efficiency or comfort mode and I’m not by any means jamming down the throttle, just driving ‘normally’.

    While it’s not a BIG deal in the scheme of things it has caused me some safety concerns a couple of times on roundabouts and where I’ve needed to join traffic and plug into gaps at speed and the car has either not moved in a predictable way or has lost traction completely. I guess in future I’ll just wait for a bigger gap if I know the car can’t handle it, a bit sad really! A bit annoyed that nobody pointed this out at the Audi dealership if it’s a common problem. Had I known, I’d have bought the Quattro.
     
  11. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group S-line owners group saloon Audi A4

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    I now have 400Nm through mine, yes the front wheels can spin up, and this issue isn't made any easier by having numb throttle pedal and steering wheel feedback, but you get used to it...
     
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  13. S32B

    S32B Well-Known Member Audi A5 S tronic Coupe

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    I came from an S3 (Quattro) where you could just boot it and be gone :) I kept doing it when I first got the A5, but soon got used to it. However, it does spin easily if you're a bit heavy footed or keen to get away!
     
  14. glj81

    glj81 Member Audi A5 Audi Q3

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    Same with mine, I knew this was going to be an issue coming from a Quattro. It's not too bad though - these days there isn't a ton of requirement to do a 0-60 foot to the floor. I'd be more annoyed it it suffered wheelspin accelerating from a lower speed.

    That said I will definitely have Quattro again next time.

    Mine came with Continentals... hoping they last ok. I didn't even change the tyres on the Q3, they were still legal at 37k when traded in.
     
  15. Blessed_Badger

    Blessed_Badger Active Member

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    Never had any wheel spin with my S5 (Quattro), however my beloved is currently in with Audi having the dashboard completely stripped to replace the SOS antenna (which is located behind it).

    I’m in an A6 Avant 40TDI courtesy car at the moment and pulling away this morning is some ever so slightly damp conditions the front spun away merrily for a good few seconds before gaining any sort of traction.

    Prior to my S5 I had a BMW 435D (X-Drive), a Merc with 4-Matic and prior to those, 2 A5s (both with Quattro). Most cars now have too much power for only 2 wheels to be driven in anything other than perfect road conditions (and how many times in the UK is that).

    I realise the fun that can be had with a rear wheel drive car but as shown by BMW with their ‘M’ cars now also sporting 4 wheel drive (even with the ability to select rear drive only) manufacturers are realising that with the immense power and torque on tap, most normal drivers want the security of 4 wheel drive to get them, the car, and the power around roundabouts and out at junctions safety! I’m not sure I’d find driving a 2 wheel drive car with anything more than 200bhp that reassuring anymore!


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  16. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group S-line owners group saloon Audi A4

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    He'll I can spin up my front wheels easily at 60mph in the damp, but all is needed is common sense. Though I had a mk4 Mondeo with just as much torque and it never spun up its front wheels as easily as my A4 does. But then Fords are more drivers cars than motorway cruisers..
     
  17. glj81

    glj81 Member Audi A5 Audi Q3

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    I remain hopeful that three years from now it will be possible to spec a 40 TFSI Quattro - the 45 is far too expensive, may as well have an 'S'. That said E-Trons will likely be more prevalent by then.

    I won't have another non-Quattro unless the price makes it impossible.
     
  18. coresme2

    coresme2 New Member

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    I stupidly thought this is what electronic traction control was meant to address...but will check tyre pressure as well.
     
  19. Bobblejones

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    I experienced this when i got my TFSI s-tronic after moving from Diesel manual Quattro. It takes some practice but you will learn how to gently apply acceleration without wheelspin
     
  20. V6 Quatt

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