Rocco's and Snow

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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby Candy Monster » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:46 am

I'm just back from sledging, had to be the first one out there! I'm resigned to the fact I'm not getting to work tomorrow so at least I can have a lie in on the pretence I'm working from home :-)

It started about 9pm here in surrey. By 11 we had about 6 inches.

looks like the mods are on hold for now...
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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby Kev » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:50 am

Don't think I'm going anywhere today.

The hill out of my estate looks almost undoable and the show is deeper than the front lip.

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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby RW1 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:34 am

1. The tyres are too wide, smaller than 235mm width for the weight would be better.

2. In certain circumstance the Traction Control works but there seems to be something like a Diff-Lock missing when on totally slippy surface. Had one wheel stuck this morning, the other just spinning with the traction light flashing on. No matter how low I kept the rpm, traction still didn't help. All this was in reverse gear so don't know whether it works only going forward.

And above 6 inches depth of snow ie. 8 - 9 inches of snow today, the flying regulations are:

- Don't bother reversing or parking where you'll need to reverse later. It doesn't do it! It just wedges itself in. Very apt photo Kev above to illustrate where not to start from!

- Forward only and it's fine once on top of soft snow and moving through it. And the traction control seems to work with an initial couple of flashes when setting off.

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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby polo classic » Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:43 am

RW1 winter tyres would solve all of your problems. The standard tyres are not ment for these conditions
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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby RW1 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:08 pm

polo classic wrote:RW1 winter tyres would solve all of your problems. The standard tyres are not ment for these conditions


You're right. The car's mainly OK on the well trodden roads, even if they are white and there's no salt/grit.

Part of the problem today was the Scirocco was sitting "pancaked" up on top of the snow outside work, as I tried to drive across the last bit of fresh snow and stop to park. The car sank, so lightening the load on the tyres. Thats why I wrote 6 inches above. TBH, any car doing this maneouvre would end up the same. :shake: :rolleyes:

Even just off idle with the foot padding the accelerator for a second to engaged the DSG gears caused minor getting starting problems as the idle couldn't pull, the wheels turning slowly going no where in the elevated postion they had.

Carpets, :wink: gone to do that right now, plus a shovel! :yes:

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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby Kev » Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:54 pm

I'm a genius :D

If you don't happen to have a shovel to hand, just get a milk carton....
One shovel, with easy grip handle and light weight non stick coating :D

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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby wigit » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:19 pm

Kev wrote:Don't think I'm going anywhere today.

The hill out of my estate looks almost undoable and the show is deeper than the front lip.



blimey kev and there was me thinking mrs wigit was over egging it when she said it i'd get stuck if i came home
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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby yellowplum » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:41 pm

polo classic wrote:RW1 winter tyres would solve all of your problems. The standard tyres are not ment for these conditions


This is correct you need winter tyres, however winter tyres are better in general this time of year as they are meant for temperatures that we usually get. The issue is no one uses them in this country and you can't ordered them from the dealer as an optional extra even though they are available everywhere else.

I've ended up ordering a set of alloys and tyres separately - very annoying but it has to be done.
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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby Jacktherat » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:48 pm

Kev wrote:I'm a genius :D

If you don't happen to have a shovel to hand, just get a milk carton....
One shovel, with easy grip handle and light weight non stick coating :D

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That would make a useful poop-a-scoop for some of my fxxxxxx lazy neighbours to clear up after Fido. :D
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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby Kev » Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:09 pm

wigit wrote:
Kev wrote:Don't think I'm going anywhere today.

The hill out of my estate looks almost undoable and the show is deeper than the front lip.



blimey kev and there was me thinking mrs wigit was over egging it when she said it i'd get stuck if i came home

Problem is it's looking icy out there now so it might be harder to get out tomorrow than today but I need to get to work tomorrow so I'll have to give it a stab.
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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby trix » Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:39 pm

Kev wrote:but I need to get to work tomorrow so I'll have to give it a stab.


don't be silly Kev why would you need to go there?! :lol:

we've had a couple of inches here but it isn't causing too many problems, apart from the moron who decided they couldn't possibly break 15mph :eyepop: on a fully treated road on my way to the parents. I had some sideways fun round a roundabout in the village & some slippy slidy action at the end of the parents driveway (sheet ice + trying to turn into an upward incline driveway = many point turn/slide & wheelspin but eventually getting front wheels on to drive & some grip :D )

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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby Kev » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:44 pm

trix wrote:don't be silly Kev why would you need to go there?!

Unfortunately it's a 2 part experiment I started on tuesday and the next bit is due thursday or the whole thing has to be scrapped and started again at great expense :( So I'll have to get slithering tomorrow whether I want to or not.
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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby wigit » Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:06 pm

walk and bus kev......... no me neither
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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby Kev » Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:14 pm

Nah I'll have a crack in the car first.
I basically only have to get 300yds to the road and I can do it easy.
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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby wigit » Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:17 pm

Kev wrote:Nah I'll have a crack in the car first.
I basically only have to get 300yds to the road and I can do it easy.


thats the spirit you dont want to be mixing it with the window lickers on pubic transport :D
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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby Kev » Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:21 am

Well I have to say, DSG is brilliant in the snow.
Just put it in R or D and take your foot off the brake and it just creeps at the right kind of speed to get you out of the snow. None of this revvy wheel spinning business that you see so many people (incorrectly) doing. There was even a guy in a DSG Golf GTi in the works car park this morning gunning it like mad. I stopped to try and give him a push then noticed his gearbox and told him to just put it in D and let off the brake and hey presto the car starts creeping along. So much simpler :)
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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby Kev » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:07 pm

Interesting pic I saw today showing just how extensive this cold snap has been

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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby Candy Monster » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:56 am

wow, that's impressive kev! :eyepop:

Andy - window lickers, lol! :clap:
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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby CraigusMaximus » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:36 pm

My car is horrid in the snow - I was out in my car last night with a friend who has a leon fr with 18s on - he reckons he gets far more grip and far fewer slips. Ive got the dreaded dunlops though.... that might explain it!
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Re: Rocco's and Snow

Postby skirkybaby » Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:34 am

The snow has gotten the better of mine, through no fault of my own.

Setting off to go sledding with friends earlier, roads hvae frozen icey snow all over them - nightmare out here in the "arse end of nowhere" as my girlfriend calls it.

Anyway pootling along at a safe 15mph till I got out on the main road, but all of a sudden a huge tractor with trailer came flying around the corner ahead at 40mph+ in the middle of what is already a too small road.

Saw me, slammed his brakes on and slid his tractor sideways into me, pushed me right off the road, over a ditch and upon onto a bank.

Needless to say my poor Roc is now in pieces, half the body hanging off and scraped to hell. Missing a wing mirror and rear light clusters etc etc. Worse yet, no witnesses and crazy yokel tractor driver somehow seems to think it "wasn't anyones fault".

Hopefully thought when I speak to insurance later today they will sort it all out and get my poor roc fixed up :(

After having a massive puncture a week earlier on the rear left with hardly any wear on it, 2010 is not going so well for me and my roc :(
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