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post #1 of 2 Old 02-09-2015, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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2008 Compass fishtailing

I have a 2008 Compass autostick. It's FWD that switches to AWD if the front wheels start spinning, however I can lock 4WD in full time.

I've tested the handling in the snow recently and discovered if I hit the gas turning onto a snow covered street at low speeds, the rear end starts fishtailing like it's a rear wheel drive vehicle. Normally FWD vehicles don't fishtail like this so I'm wondering if this is normal or not.

Ps, I don't have the 4WD locked while doing this either.
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Even though the compass is advertised as FWD until the wheels slip that isn't true.

There doesn't have to be any slippage for the back end to receive power, it is based on throttle input and a variety of other factors. Simply taking off fast will send power to the rear wheels without the front slipping.

If you give it lots of power on a slick surface while going around a corner the back end will kick out like a rwd vehicle since the awd is sending power to the rear.

If you lock it in 4x4 the behavior explained above it a bit more pronounced.

As long as you drive smart with the esp/traction control on, you won't have a problem. I"ve had my compass for 3 years and a patriot before that, zero issues with stability.


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