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We got our first decent snow of the year last night... so I finally had the chance to try out the 4WD system on the Element - and I have a couple questions.

I drove thru some unplowed parking lots in order to get the rear wheels to kick in and when the orange traction light came on it almost seemed as if I lost power/acceleration. Is that what is supposed to happen? Was I actually losing acceleration or did it simply feel that way because of the 4WD kicking in?

Thanks for your assistance!
 

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That is your traction control system kicking in and thats normal. Try turning the traction control off and have some fun. The engine should rev up a lot more with it off.
 

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So there's a difference between the 4WD system and the traction control system? I always thought they were one in the same...?

How does the 4WD system work then? If there's no on/off switch, how do you know when it's activated?
 

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Another question...

Does the Element really have 4WD or is it just AWD with a fancy emblem?
 

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Like Irv said there is a few threads on how the 4X4 system works and its a really simple system but it works great using 2 hydraulic pumps and a clutch system. The traction control senses a wheel spin and reduces the throttle to keep that from happening.
 

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We get the occasional wet heavy snow here in the Vancouver area....the 4WD Element is fabulous, and even better with the traction control on my 07....my previous 03 E didn't have the that feature and on slippery surfaces the rear end would sometimes take a hike.....namely towards the ditch and caused a few heart throbs while I steered out of the wheel spin.
Generally a very good 4WD system
 

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It's like ABS for the throttle side of the house.
True. I would call it a anti gas system. Thats what I need for myself.:grin::grin:
 
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