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Cupra 300 nightmare in the snow

Discussion in 'Leon Mk3 (2012-2020)' started by hitchygolf1971, Dec 11, 2017.

  1. hitchygolf1971

    hitchygolf1971 Active Member

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    Hi All,
    After having our first drop of snow in the Midlands I've learnt my lesson that its a total waste of time even trying in the Cupra.
    The slightest gradient with a bit of snow on with the engine decreasing power with the slightest bit of wheel spin.

    I was surprised with this expecting the car with high torque to just ride the clutch and let it go but when some village idiot is coming down the hill and doesn't give way and makes you stop half way up the hill forget it the engine just shuts down the power.

    Is there a way of getting around this like switching the traction control off or is it all linked to the turbo switching off the fuel ?????
     
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    veno Active Member

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    Try switch off the traction, but the wheels will spin and it will be worse.
    Better buy some winter tyres...
     
  3. SRGTD

    SRGTD Active Member

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    Maybe worth considering getting some winter tyres?
     
  4. hitchygolf1971

    hitchygolf1971 Active Member

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    Hi Yes that would help but I cant warrant spending £350 on a set of winter tyres for 2days worth of snow.
    Just learnt its left on the drive in future and its the Mrs car to be used in them conditions
     
  5. hitchygolf1971

    hitchygolf1971 Active Member

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    Yes but I thought it was with the wheels spinning and the traction control on that then sends the signal to cut the engines power.
    I will have another go down our road with the traction control off I expect the wheels to still spin but not to cut the power to the engine.
     
  6. Big Col

    Big Col Active Member

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    I got stuck in snow in the Ibiza due to the traction control - it was cutting the power at the moment I wanted it.

    Switched it off and I was able to get going again.

    Not had a chance to try the Leon's performance in snow yet, although with 225 summer tyres I doubt its going to be good.
     
  7. campbell_p30

    campbell_p30 Full Member

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    Switch traction control off for snow (long press of traction control button).
    As you say with it switched on power will be reduced until wheels are no longer spinning causing you to stop half way up a hill.
    With it off start in 2nd gear and the tyres will spin but rather than cutting power the tyres will try on dig into the snow for a bit of grip. I don't mean foot down and spin like crazy, just try and balance it to keep momentum going.
    On ice though, no one has a hope without winter/studded tyres!

    Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
     
  8. hitchygolf1971

    hitchygolf1971 Active Member

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    Yes Mate will try it with the traction control off in future, like I said the car as plenty of torque and riding the clutch was working fine until some knob coming down the hill decided to keep going rather than let me up it !!!!!
    Then from a standing start it was no chance even trying to pull away in 3rd it wasn't having it just cut the engine when you needed a bit of grunt
     
  9. Pinky

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    This is why I still own a Subaru.
     
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    got mine out for the first time today and got to say mine also doesn't like snow.lol!!!
     
  11. hitchygolf1971

    hitchygolf1971 Active Member

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    Hi yes funny you mentioned that a Subaru did come past me with a smile on his face. I did think wait till this white shite as gone and you not be laughing :censored:
     
  12. hitchygolf1971

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    A bit of luck you don't like a RAM after this Saturday :D
     
  13. AndrewJB

    AndrewJB Friend to SEAT UK & Cupra Racing

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    6am Sunday, untreated road, 3-4inch of snow. 420ps + summer tyres.

    I got home now issues at all.
     
  14. hitchygolf1971

    hitchygolf1971 Active Member

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    So you didn't get stopped up a 45 degree hill by some knob coming down it happy days:clap:
     
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    I had my first snowy outing with the Cupra today and was very pleasantly surprised.
    I do have winter tyres which no doubt helps.
    Don’t want to take a close look at my front splitter though as lots of noise from it as it ploughed through the peaks in the snow and ice.
     
  16. SteA

    SteA Active Member

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    It all depends as I learnt tonight. Sack all chance of getting up our road with summer tyres (and that's after spending two hours digging out our drive). Even with three people pushing, no throttle all, I could get out of the car and just watch the front wheels gently spinning

    Luckily I had ordered some snow socks, threw those on and snow / ice offers no issues. It may have changed my mind about not using winter tyres anymore, I will get a couple of spare wheels a throw some winters on before next year, it only takes a few minutes to swap wheels if it gets snowy. :)
     
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  17. hitchygolf1971

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    Yes I thinks that's the answer fork out for winter tyres for 2 weeks of the year or leave it at home same problem no throttle loss of power.
    How much are the snow socks ??
     
  18. SteA

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    The snow socks were £39, ace grip but they need to be used on snow or I guess longevity will be minimal, they only take a minute to put on or take off though.

    Winter tyres are probably a good idea, just need a few cheap wheels.
     
  19. KXL

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    Maybe the knob coming down the hill, couldn't really stop....have you tried snow socks in this instance, a lot cheaper than full winter tyres. Or maybe invest in Crossclimates / Vector 4Seasons. Another Cupra owner had them, and posted a video of him running around in snow.
     
  20. hitchygolf1971

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    Yes the knob had plenty of room to pull over and was more interested with her telephone conversation.
    Yes looking into the snow socks with the car being on lease doesn't warrant the winter tyres I gather the snow socks are universal for any car
     

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