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My first thoughts, given the car is question, would be to check to see if there is a performance version of the car which features four wheel drive. For road use, if you have over 300bhp going through the front wheels, things can get difficult. A friend of mind had a 320bhp Seat Leon Cupra (Front wheel drive) and sold it to buy an Audi S3 (same basic ...


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The anti-lock system already monitors the individual speed of all wheels and reduces braking power of individual wheels when it detects it locking. From there, it is just a small step to the traction control systems, which applies the brake to individual wheels when they start to slip. In addition, motor power can be reduced. The Tesla has this system, ...


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Before you start, I'd have a good read of the rules applying to it - I seem to remember that Germany is very strict on heavily modified cars, so you might well find there are restrictions on what you can do to it - modifying the monocoque (chassis/bodyshell) to allow the fitment of a propshaft and rear drive axle might well be restricted, or involve huge ...


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Bit of transmissions 101 First gear makes the most torque / power, but has the lowest top speed and worst fuel economy. Top gear has the highest top speed and best fuel economy, but the least amount of power and torque. In an auto, leaving it in D is fine 99% of the time unless you need more power. Shifting into 3, 2, or 1 typically limits you to that ...


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Because it's dangerous with erroneous data This is actually very smart on Subaru's part. I have to give them credit. If you have sensors that are faulting you could be giving an ECE false or eroneous information. The ECU would then take that false data and make adjustments to traction control and engine power. You could be on a wet or icy surface, step ...


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Sounds like there are definitely issues with the car - the overheating is certainly something you need to get checked out ASAP. It could be a spurious reading from a failing sensor or other electrical issue (given some of the history you mention) but it could equally indicate something mechanically wrong and that being the case you could be inflicting ...


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When you say "stopped dead in its tracks" I assume you mean with the wheels spinning. In this circumstance your choice of gear selection in an automatic is pretty much meaningless. What you generally want is less torque to avoid wheel slip. In a manual transmission you could use a higher-than-normal gear to some benefit, but such a feature is generally not ...


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In a situation like this, my Landrover Discovery 2 uses the traction control system to pulse the brakes on the wheels that are spinning faster than the others (described simply). In so doing, it transfers torque to the other wheels which should then cause all 4 wheels to turn. I would presume that your vehicle should be doing a similar thing, especially ...


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Contact patch is always the same size no matter what size the tire is and can be calculated by dividing vehicle weight by tire pressure. Going to a taller tire or a wider tire changes the shape of the contact patch, but not the area. If the tire has the same composition but a different physical size, it will still have the same coefficient of friction. ...


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Wider tires are only a benefit if you have been running out of traction. If you have been running out of traction, there are tires that offer an increased contact patch with the same size, like slick tires, or you can move to a wider tire. I always recommend to maintain the same circumference using a tire sizing app so that the odometer and speedometer still ...


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There is a recall of your vehicle for the BCM (Body Control Module) which is a type of ECU. This effects your traction control and cruise control as well as brakes according to this NTSB recall link. Recall Link for Your Vehicle SUMMARY: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured May 16, ...


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After reading the error by the computer it indicates that the Ignition coil and spark plug need to be changed


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You hire a breakdown wagon that can lift your vehicle and put it back on the hardtop... safest and probaly best. Dragging it may cause or at least add to any damage underneath. Cheap probably not, but if it falls then cost of replacement plus cost of whatever else it damages on the way down...


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Traction control is actually a function of the Anti-lock Braking System. Both work by measuring the speed of the wheels, and when one wheel is spinning considerably faster than another, the brakes for that wheel are applied in pulses. Usually, when those systems fail, it's because something is wrong with one or more of the wheel speed sensors. The wheel ...


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Thursday has passed already, but I'm going to go ahead and try to answer this one anyways. The reason why your warning lights came on is most likely because the size of your replacement front tires is different from the size of the old ones. More specifically, if the sidewall profile has changed (either from a significantly different tire width, or ...


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While you can move it, I don't recommend doing so. The reason is, some would say there may be an issue with the tires already having a set drive pattern in them. Moving the tires to the opposite side could cause there to be a wear issue in the future. One thing which might be going on is if you are experiencing lower temperatures (near freezing or getting ...


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The three lights are related to the same issue. Something happened that forced the vehicle to disable the traction control and ABS systems. A common cause is a bad wheel speed sensor, or an open in the wheel speed sensor wiring. There should be one on each wheel and the ABS system needs inputs from all sensors to function properly. Just remember that this ...


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You need to take it and have the "ESN" light evaluated. Most likely, the car thinks that one or more wheels is losing traction, and is supressing the engine RPM in order to regain the traction it thinks it doesn't have. See if you can totally disable the traction control - this is the key. If the current "off" state is not enough, you have to have ...


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I don't know that you necessarily have a problem. Unless this event nearly caused you to lose control, it sounds normal for traction control as it senses when traction lost and regained. These systems take over automatically using other systems to help regain traction. For instance, engine control is used to reduce RPMs and/or the anti-lock braking is used ...


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Unless your owners manual states otherwise I would go chains/cables on all four wheels. If you install chains/cables on only the front, it could cause a brake inbalance front to rear due to the added diameter of the chains/cables. The increased traction of chains/cables on the front will not help with rear braking or turning traction. I would use the cable ...


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As it is primarily front wheel drive, then that is where you should fit the chains...


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