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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 23rd February 2016, 00:58 Thread Starter
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I recently bought an 08 Antara 2.0 CDTI. Got some help here on the weekend sorting out an Infocentre problem. Now I'm wondering if there is any way to make sure the AWD is working properly. Is there a relatively simple way to test it?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 23rd February 2016, 07:29
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Whenever I test drive an AWD car I go onto a gravel farm track and throw the car into a sharp bend fast enough to lose a bit of grip. I find you can usually feel the rear wheels grabbing the back end.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 24th February 2016, 02:02 Thread Starter
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Ok I'll try that. Have to find a suitable track first. We tow a caravan and I keep it on a farm. The track leading up to it is steep and pretty rough so I might get some result there, although I won't be quite able to throw it into a bend as you describe. Maybe the gradient combined with the gravel surface will suffice.. If not I'll have to find another track. No way of testing it on an ordinary road?

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 24th February 2016, 07:38
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You might be able to test it out if there's a bit of snow and ice about on normal roads.



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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 24th February 2016, 20:51
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The traction control will do its utmost to stop you ever knowing that power has reached the rear wheels.


Get someone to stand directly behind you in 9inch deep mud, if the mud hits him in the face, it's from the rear wheels spinning!
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Ah ok. No snow or ice around at the moment.. Maybe the mud in the face trick then?! The farmer where I store the caravan suggested a wet field and letting the clutch out fairly smart so that the front wheels spin. That should engage the rear wheels. He said he'd come with me to one of his fields at some stage and watch for the rear wheels working. Must make sure not to splatter him with mud though cos he's a decent sort!Edited by: Marcusmax
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Ah ok. No snow or ice around at the moment.. Maybe the mud in the face trick then?! The farmer where I store the caravan suggested a wet field and letting the clutch out fairly smart so that the front wheels spin. That should engage the rear wheels. He said he'd come with me to one of his fields at some stage and watch for the rear wheels working. Must make sure not to splatter him with mud though cos he's a decent sort!


If you turn off the traction control it should be easier to spin the front wheels.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 27th February 2016, 14:11 Thread Starter
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Ok thanks. Pretty sure it is off by default but I'll check that before testing.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 28th February 2016, 19:45
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Just thought I'd add these pictures of the On-Demand AWD system for interest.










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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 2nd March 2016, 16:41 Thread Starter
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Very interesting pics thanks. A pretty clever system but one which could easily enough develop a fault I'd imagine. Haven't had a chance to test it out yet. I have to leave it in to Opel for a recall job next week so I might ask them to check the system while it's in. Otherwise it'll have to wait til I can get to drive it in a wet field or whatever.
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