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Trekka 4x4: How do I know?

I did a 100 mile round trip today which included fresh snow and some ice. The Trekka performed like it was on a dry surface apart from some ABS when braking.

Did the 4x4 cut in? Should the traction control light illuminate (the one with the skiddy car in a triangle)? There were no clunks or creaks or other clues like my old Series III Landrover used to provide.

I would be interested to hear from other Trekka owners.

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Re: Trekka 4x4: How do I know?

u never hear 4wd coming in as all drive shafts diffs are always turning in normal driving.

I would say if you want to check the4wd works, find a shinny icy side road with a gradient and floor it in 1st gear (keep your head out the window to see obviouly enough!)

Not very technical but it's a proven testing procedure
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Re: Trekka 4x4: How do I know?

I'd reckon that if the car kept going in conditions that others would've had problems with, then almost certainly the 4wd was working.

I also wouldn't imagine that a light should be displayed, as its not the same as with traction control or esp (which are really last resort safety nets), designed to assist you from a potentially hazardous situation; 4wd is intended purely to keep you moving, not to defy physics.


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Re: Trekka 4x4: How do I know?

The engaging of 4x4 on the Trekka is a mechanical process powered by a difference in rotational speed between the front and rear axles. There is no electronic light to indicate when this is in operation.

I guess the traction control system has some idea as to what is going on, but again there is no light to say when, unlike the early Ford Focus's.
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Re: Trekka 4x4: How do I know?

i got myself a 02 1.6 petrol in november just in time for the snow with two cheep road tyres on front and two good 4x4 on back, i live half way up a steep hill and it never once got stuck in the snow even in the places where people were digging cars out so i guess like mine your 4 wheel drive was working. ABS was having a bit of a time, its allright getting going but stopping on ice well thats the hard bit. Its no off roader but for what it is i think it done well.
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