960 4 speed auto - winter mode + Low gear

Discussion in 'Volvo 960' started by Rob Guenther, Sep 6, 2003.

  1. Rob Guenther

    Rob Guenther Guest

    Alright

    My parents took the 960 for a bit of an off road adventure this past week.
    Way up North on some muddy and deeply rutted logging roads, filled with
    water, wet clay sheer surfaces, and some normal mud.... the car looks REAL
    pretty right now... to a 4X4 enthusiast anyways.

    Anyhow, they didn't get stuck, but my dad said he used Winter mode, and Low
    mode at the same time.... I thought Winter was 3rd gear only, and Low was
    1st and 2nd gear, whichever one you are in at the time, or the highest gear
    out of the two when the car is downshifting (like coming off the highway or
    down a hill)

    My dad said all winter does is locks up the limited slip, and that Low keeps
    it in low gear.

    What does the combination do exactly?.... All I know is that he didn't get
    stuck in ruts where some pickup trucks were getting poped tires, and at
    least one got stuck (a RWD light pickup... less traction then the Volvo)

    Ground clearance was fine, but he had to drive on the crowns of the ruts
    most of the time :).... he said the car can drive thru nearly a foot of
    water and remain fine....
     
    Rob Guenther, Sep 6, 2003
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  2. Rob Guenther

    Mike F Guest

    Winter mode in "D" starts in 3rd gear, and will allow upshift to 4th.
    Winter mode in "3" locks the transmission in 2nd. Winter mode in "L"
    locks the transmission in first gear.
     
    Mike F, Sep 8, 2003
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  3. Rob Guenther

    Rob Guenther Guest

    Alright, thanks...

    Am I right in saying the limited slip differential will lock up as required?
     
    Rob Guenther, Sep 8, 2003
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