From the explanation at Honda's site and the reapir manual, the Element's AWD system is purely mechanical. All it responds to is a difference in rotational speed between the front and rear wheels, sensed by fluid pressure. There is no indication whether the pumps in the rear differentials are linear or non-linear, so it is possible that a different speed difference is needed at high speed to make it engage, but I suspect not.is it true that the AWD system on the E's only kicks in when you are going slower than 30km? or so? or does it kick in at whatever speed?
That would be a moot point because you should never drive a vehicle with chains on the front tires only. You can put a single set on the back or you can put a set each on the front AND the back.so while driving in snow wouldn't putting snow chains on the front tires create a slight differential in size and therefore speed between the front and rear tires (making them spin slightly slower than the rear)?
you don't know by any cue.and how would you know if the RT4WD system was 'on' while driving 20 mph in 2nd gear with chains on the front tires in hard packed snow?