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Finally got him in the snow and engaged snow mode. Very handy and useful in the slush. Better than a limited slip in that it cuts power to one wheel and increases the other to keep my man straight. The tech on this little guy never disappoints.馃憤馃徏 Speedometer Odometer Trip computer Automotive lighting Tachometer
 

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I was backing into the driveway the other day. It was covered in a 3 inch glaze of ice. In normal mode it just spun. Switched to snow mode and it just clawed it's way up the driveway. Made me a believer.
 

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Finally got him in the snow and engaged snow mode. Very handy and useful in the slush. Better than a limited slip in that it cuts power to one wheel and increases the other to keep my man straight. The tech on this little guy never disappoints.馃憤馃徏 View attachment 1098
do you have snow tires on or are they all season tires and if you do have snow tires which ones do you have and it sounds like you are happy with them if they are snows?
 

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Since I have the manual transmission version of the Venue, I don't have snow mode, but I'm curious how it works. Is it basically the same as keeping the tranny in a lower gear than normal? Or is it more complicated than that? Thanks!

(typing this while looking out the window at what the weatherman says is the start of six more inches of snow......)
 

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Since I have the manual transmission version of the Venue, I don't have snow mode, but I'm curious how it works. Is it basically the same as keeping the tranny in a lower gear than normal? Or is it more complicated than that? Thanks!

(typing this while looking out the window at what the weatherman says is the start of six more inches of snow......)
The best description I can think of to describe Snow Mode is Posi-Trac on steroids...computer uses the ABS wheel speed sensors to detect slipping front wheels. When it does it changes engine power and applies some brake on the slipping wheel to allow the opposite wheel to get traction. On the fly it adjusts engine torque and shift patterns to suit the road conditions.
I know that when I'm using it I risk going too fast for the road conditions because of the enhanced stability.
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The snow mode has come in handy several times for me this winter. Tried without and slipped... switched snow mode on and got out easy peasy. Have to remember to turn it back on each time park and stop though. So far 2 thumbs up for it. I also use the sport mode for passing and merging.
 

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The best description I can think of to describe Snow Mode is Posi-Trac on steroids...computer uses the ABS wheel speed sensors to detect slipping front wheels. When it does it changes engine power and applies some brake on the slipping wheel to allow the opposite wheel to get traction. On the fly it adjusts engine torque and shift patterns to suit the road conditions.
Thanks! That's very helpful.
 

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Me too. In fact, the last time I saw anyone actually switching to "snow tires" in the winter, it was my Dad back in the 1970s. Of course, we don't get Canada-level snow round these parts, but we do get plenty.
This is the first year I've ever run snow tires. Insurance companies here are giving a discount for using them. There is a push towards making them mandatory during the winter months.
 

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Speaking of snow, how do youse guys get the snow out of that deep crevasse that the windshield wipers nestle into when not in use? I've never had a car with such a deep groove there and it's a bitch to get the snow out of it.
 

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Speaking of snow, how do youse guys get the snow out of that deep crevasse that the windshield wipers nestle into when not in use? I've never had a car with such a deep groove there and it's a bitch to get the snow out of it.
My snow brush gets in the groove pretty good, so I can pull most of the white stuff to one side and it dumps on the ground, What it can't get at the edges I dig out with my hand.
 

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I also was able to finally use my snow mode and I love it. So far I really only been able to use it on my driver's to work but would love to go play a little on country roads and see what it does. 馃榿
 

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do you have snow tires on or are they all season tires and if you do have snow tires which ones do you have and it sounds like you are happy with them if they are snows?
My wheels are 15". I bought 4 used steelies that came from an Accent for $40. I've always run all-season tires so I suppose any winter would be an improvement. I put these cheap winters on. I'm pretty impressed, I expected them to be noisy but they don't sound much different the the stock tires.
 

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My 2021 Venue came with M+S tires so basically all weather tires. BC requires at least a M+S. I always thought all season just a good but my son has winter tires on his Honda and there really is a big difference in traction and stopping.
 

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I'm loving snow mode. We've gotten about a meter of snow in last week with little of it melting. I had to take daughter to her grocery store job this morning at 8am. A lady in our complex in a Civic pulled out and couldn't get traction at all so she just pulled back in and went inside.

The co. the complex hires to do plowing sucks and shows up hours after we get dumped on.

But in snow mode, I easily went through what she couldn't. Then I got out of the complex and immediately notice the town didn't plow the side streets. A Chevy Impala sedan was hopelessly stuck on the road in the middle of street, so I had to wait for him ten minutes to sorta back into a side road which barely gave me enough room to get by. Would've been way easier without him in my way.

Daughter made it to work on time. 20 of her coworkers called off. I bet the Kia Soul doesn't have snow mode.;)

Also remember there's a tow hook up front under a plastic cover. You pop that off and insert the large bolt and screw it in. The bolt is on top of spare tire near the tire tools. And there's a hook under rear bumper. Hopefully none of us get stuck though. Lol. But in heat of moment we may forget about the front hook location, and chances are the rescue tow driver won't know either. As usually it's under the bumper.
 

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On my Venue, every time it starts in Normal. If I turn the knob to the right it goes to Sport mode, then to Snow mode. If I turn it to the left it goes back to Sport, then to Normal. Maybe the knob on yours is defective and stuck on to the right.
 
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