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2005 Volvo XC90 Question: Winter traction



LynnElls, 4.4L V8, Shepherdstown, WV, December 31, 2009, 07:55

When I bought my car; I was able to drive anywhere in the snow, even on my farm between the house and barn on steep inclines. Last year after buying new tires in the spring I had trouble driving up the hill in my driveway. My wife's Mercedes with 4 matic handles the hill in snow with no problem like I used to be able to. I get stuck at the bottom of the hill both last year and this year; when taken into the dealer he said it was fine and my tires are the problem, I didn't see much difference last year between the new and old tires and this year they are more worn.

It is frustrating to see the Mercedes fly up the hill and I am stuck at the bottom!

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    dandd December 31, 2009, 12:42

    You say that you noticed the problem in the Spring after you bought NEW TIRES. You just said it your self. I used to ride motocross dirt bikes and the tire type was a make or break issue as far as performance went. The more expensive tires would blow away the cheaper ones, especially in wet, muddy conditions. Did you get all-terrain tires when you purchased the new ones? What was the difference. Most of the SUV all-wheel drive cars REQUIRE a directional tire, that has to be mounted a very specific way on specific wheels or there will be no grip or traction in muddy/snowy conditions.

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    Visitor, May 27, 2010, 11:53

    My Volvo was the same way, had problems in snow and the lights showed AWD working but I found out is was not. The bevel gear was broke and the AWD was not working correctly. Had repair done at dealership and everything is working as it should

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