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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-05-2017, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Snow traction control

Have our first snow today since I picked our my Elite. Any tips or guidelines on the snow traction control? Is there a max speed it can be used?
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I used it close to 90-100km/h and everything worked fine. There wasn't all that much snow on the ground d obviously, but I forgot to turn it off when I went from very snowy to 'barer' road. Didn't see any issues/problems.

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It doesn't snow in Upstate NY anymore - 2 years running.

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No limitations on speed, but "snow mode" is a bit hyperactive about applying brakes to control wheel spin and this can impede forward progress under some conditions. Turning "VSA" off with the button on the dash fixes this, but isn't recommended at highway speeds. If you are drift bashing at highway speeds, I guess you're on your own! Really, I tend to just leave it in "normal" mode and it does fine with winter tires. Might be different on all-seasons.

I think they still get lake effect snow in Buffalo if you feel a desperate need to play in the snow. We have had some teasers, but then it went away.
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No limitations on speed, but "snow mode" is a bit hyperactive about applying brakes to control wheel spin and this can impede forward progress under some conditions. Turning "VSA" off with the button on the dash fixes this, but isn't recommended at highway speeds. If you are drift bashing at highway speeds, I guess you're on your own! Really, I tend to just leave it in "normal" mode and it does fine with winter tires. Might be different on all-seasons.

I think they still get lake effect snow in Buffalo if you feel a desperate need to play in the snow. We have had some teasers, but then it went away.
I am thrilled with how the Pilot handles in snowy conditions here in the mountains, especially on severe uphill grades while in normal mode. There have been a few occasions of deep snow thus far and I, too, experienced the hyperactive brake application while in snow mode. The disengagement of VSA as you described and recommended in a previous thread worked beautifully and instantly!

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I wonder if mud is better than snow if you're looking to be able to use some wheel spin? I haven't been able to test any of the modes yet.

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Never thought to fool around with the other modes but will try next time and post the findings. "Look out Martha....here comes that crazy Pilot down the road again!"
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Never thought to fool around with the other modes but will try next time and post the findings. "Look out Martha....here comes that crazy Pilot down the road again!"
They probably intend the modes for regular driving so snow mode might keep you from getting stuck, not unstuck. I would imagine sand or mud have to allow some slippage since that's the only way to get through.

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I've driven on the highway, in snow mode during a snowstorm recently at speeds between zero an >110 kph. There is no max speed for the mode, however at higher speeds the transmission doesn't like to hold a gear going up hills. It likes to shift up far too early resulting in either a very noticeable loss of speed. I found myself manually downshifting to maintain speed but the transmission almost immediately shifting back unless I was in "S" mode.
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In snow mode the adaptive cruise control is disabled as I found out.

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The cruise control is non functioning in snow mode.

I have used it in deep snow.

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In snow mode the adaptive cruise control is disabled as I found out.
Good find! It is recommended that ACC and CC only be used when travelling in good weather so are designed to disconnect when Intelligent Traction is set to snow, sand or mud.


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Had our first big snow yesterday as well. Was anxious to get my new '16 Touring out in it since I just bought it on the 30th. Snow was super light and fluffy. Usual - take it slow - and keep plenty of distance.

Handled just fine for conditions. Strange thing is there seems to be a free release, or pause, when AWD is downshifting and I couldn't tell if the car was sliding for a sec or not. Again, just got it and getting used to it. All in all, it was just fine.

This AM, snow was mostly compacted and tight - still did just fine.
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First snow of the year, set Intelligent Traction to snow, was really impressed how well the Pilot handled.
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