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Old 12-19-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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Icy roads and poor acceleration from stop

My '02 Mazda 626 scares me in this weather. Whenever I'm trying to yield on a turn, I always allow lots of room so some other car doesn't plow right into me. The car tends to stall initially when I hit the gas and when I turn, it tends to shoot in random directons, requiring me to become a steering genius to avoid accidents. Just to give me an idea who I should take this car to see, what could it be?
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:46 PM   #2
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That sounds fairly normal for an icy road...just be more careful?
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:08 PM   #3
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Depends on where you live, but if you get a lot of snow, it could be a good idea to invest in a set of winter tires
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626 is FWD? Sounds like normal pushing understeer on slippery pavement as well as possibly a traction control reducing the power for you to prevent wheel spin.
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:35 AM   #5
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Satty, the 626 is FWD, and I don't believe TC was offered.
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Old 12-22-2008, 06:00 AM   #6
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We were down to 1F today. In general it seems to have lower power with the cold as well. Not to have wasted your time, but I haven't really got the chance yet to check fluid levels and see if the PSF needs to be topped up. I'll check it out tomorrow and call the dealer or go to Sears tomorow if necessary (except for one iffy incident, these guys have proven not to be like the rip off mechanics I've come to love to hate) . I'd just like very much not to die on the road this winter if at all possible, is all.

RE: normal for icy roads. I just don't remember any cars I've been in sucking this much when it comes to the ice. Since I started driving the V6, I've been used to getting that power whenever I need it. This problem is a serious downgrade!!

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