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Old 12-05-2002, 05:02 PM   #1
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Can someone explain how the view awd system works? I would assume that it is a Front Wheel bias system (Meaning most of the power goes to the front, until the wheels begin to slip). But how much power can be diverted to the rear wheels during slippage? Also, is it torque based, or wheel speed based?

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The VUE is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, which is available
on models with the V6 and five-speed automatic as well as on models equipped
with the four-cylinder engine and VTi. The all-wheel-drive system features a
transfer case located just ahead of the rear axle line that can smoothly transfer
torque to the rear wheels if the front wheels start to slip. The system is fully
automatic, maintenance free and so compact it requires no driveshaft tunnel in
the interior, allowing a flat floor.

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Old 12-05-2002, 08:06 PM   #3
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Can someone explain how the view awd system works? I would assume that it is a Front Wheel bias system (Meaning most of the power goes to the front, until the wheels begin to slip). But how much power can be diverted to the rear wheels during slippage? Also, is it torque based, or wheel speed based?
View? View? Saturn doesn't make a view..
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Semi short explanation.
During regular everday driving the front wheels do 90 % of the driving, there is always 105 of the power passed to the rear wheels.All torque regulation to the rear wheels is based on a difference in the speed between the propshaft (which is linked to the front drive system) and the rear wheels.When the front axle speed exceeds the rear axle speed the rear diff is activated through the use of an oil pump in the diff housing that begins to activate a clutch pack gives the rear wheels more torque. As the speed difference equalizes the torque difference returns to normal.

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Old 12-05-2002, 10:43 PM   #5
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View? View? Saturn doesn't make a view..
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Good point. I meant the VUE. Anyways, I was just wondering how the system worked. Is the engine mounted transversely? I think it would be cool to make a turbo awd 5 spd saturn, and that system would probably not be too hard to adapt to a saturn car.

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Old 12-06-2002, 01:17 AM   #6
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View? View? Saturn doesn't make a view..
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Yeah that bugs me too, our salesrep told us he heard someone call it a "VOO"

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Old 12-06-2002, 01:19 AM   #7
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As you can see, the VUE's motor is still transversely mounted.
The tranny and AWD system is doing the magic to apply torque to all 4 wheels on demand.

Note: It still has a long drive shaft to the rear Differential.

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Old 12-06-2002, 01:24 AM   #8
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Yeah that bugs me too, our salesrep told us he heard someone call it a "VOO"
We get that all the time. One putz at work calls it that... he drives a Ford Festiva.. so noone really respects him anyways lol
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Old 12-06-2002, 01:59 AM   #9
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As you can see, the VUE's motor is still transversely mounted.
The tranny and AWD system is doing the magic to apply torque to all 4 wheels on demand.

Note: It still has a long drive shaft to the rear Differential.

Are those drums on the rear!? VOMIT.

Anyways, I think it would be cool to turbo this system, and put it in a car, or even lower the VUE (Got it right this time) and turn it into an AWD performance vehicle. With the ecotec in there, you have plenty of engine capability, and the AWD + room for some wider tires will give you plenty of traction.

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A CVT VUE was boosted a few months ago ..

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Old 12-06-2002, 02:27 AM   #11
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Hmm, how well did the CVT hold up to that. Why type of cvt is it? Standard belt, Toroidal, etc.?

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Old 12-06-2002, 03:23 AM   #12
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Hmm, how well did the CVT hold up to that. Why type of cvt is it? Standard belt, Toroidal, etc.?
The VTi uses a metal belt.

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Old 12-06-2002, 11:43 AM   #13
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Are those drums on the rear!? VOMIT.

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You have been sucked into technology hype. Consider yourself a lemming.

Unless you are driving an SCCA or Autocross where you experience maximum, repeated brake use, you will never likely notice the difference in identical cars...one with drum rears and one with disc rears.

The rear brakes carry a very light load and it's highly unlikely that you would ever get to the point of brake fade. Now here's the real kicker... drum brakes have a higher static clamping force than disc brakes. It's a matter of the brake friction apply area. And if you do an inspection, you'll find that most rear disc brakes are substantially different in robustness when compared to the fronts. The rotors are generally non-vented and very thin. They are also smaller in diameter than front in most cases. The pads are also tiny in comparison to the fronts. What should this tell you? That not much is being asked from the rear brakes so not much is offered.

Many cars (and trucks) come with or are offered with rear discs not because they need them, but because the consumer thinks it represents some technological advantage that they must have.

Now front discs are a different story since they carry 70% of the braking load.

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You have been sucked into technology hype. Consider yourself a lemming.

Unless you are driving an SCCA or Autocross where you experience maximum, repeated brake use, you will never likely notice the difference in identical cars...one with drum rears and one with disc rears.

The rear brakes carry a very light load and it's highly unlikely that you would ever get to the point of brake fade. Now here's the real kicker... drum brakes have a higher static clamping force than disc brakes. It's a matter of the brake friction apply area. And if you do an inspection, you'll find that most rear disc brakes are substantially different in robustness when compared to the fronts. The rotors are generally non-vented and very thin. They are also smaller in diameter than front in most cases. The pads are also tiny in comparison to the fronts. What should this tell you? That not much is being asked from the rear brakes so not much is offered.

Many cars (and trucks) come with or are offered with rear discs not because they need them, but because the consumer thinks it represents some technological advantage that they must have.

Now front discs are a different story since they carry 70% of the braking load.
Thank you! I thought I was the only one on here that doesn't mind drum brakes, and don't understand why everyone gripes about them.
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You have been sucked into technology hype. Consider yourself a lemming.

Unless you are driving an SCCA or Autocross where you experience maximum, repeated brake use, you will never likely notice the difference in identical cars...one with drum rears and one with disc rears.

The rear brakes carry a very light load and it's highly unlikely that you would ever get to the point of brake fade. Now here's the real kicker... drum brakes have a higher static clamping force than disc brakes. It's a matter of the brake friction apply area. And if you do an inspection, you'll find that most rear disc brakes are substantially different in robustness when compared to the fronts. The rotors are generally non-vented and very thin. They are also smaller in diameter than front in most cases. The pads are also tiny in comparison to the fronts. What should this tell you? That not much is being asked from the rear brakes so not much is offered.

Many cars (and trucks) come with or are offered with rear discs not because they need them, but because the consumer thinks it represents some technological advantage that they must have.

Now front discs are a different story since they carry 70% of the braking load.
I have experienced enough brake fade in my car to know that I do not like drums. Granted most of the fade occurs in the front rotors, but the back still gets some. Oh yeah, and drum brakes have a higher static clamping force than disc - you know what that means? Yeah. You can lock them, real easy. On top of all this, drum brakes weigh more and increase your unsprung weight. Unsprung weight = evil.

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I have experienced enough brake fade in my car to know that I do not like drums. Granted most of the fade occurs in the front rotors, but the back still gets some. Oh yeah, and drum brakes have a higher static clamping force than disc - you know what that means? Yeah. You can lock them, real easy. On top of all this, drum brakes weigh more and increase your unsprung weight. Unsprung weight = evil.
You managed to get EVERYTHING backward. Do some research on the subject. There's a difference between what you think you know and what is true.

I'll accept that you don't like drum brakes, but that's all.

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I like Rear discs.....it's easier to change pads and it looks more handsome too!

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I've done research on the subject. I go to an automotive engineering school where we design this kind of stuff for use on all kinds of vehicles. Discs have much more fade resistance than drum brakes, and are easier to modulate to prevent locking. I would like to see some fade info on drum brakes proving they have more fade resistance. Also, if you have the weights of the saturn brake system in both disc and drum, I would like to see that. I know that 90% of the time, discs weigh far less.
Drums contain heat within the system, whereas almost the entire disc is exposed to air to allow better cooling (And therefore fade resistance).

Where as drums are adequate for most cars, and most driving styles, some people (Me) like to push their cars to the limit, and discs are better for this.

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- "Discs have much more fade resistance than drum brakes..." True.

- "...and are easier to modulate to prevent locking."
Unless you have a mechanical (or driver) defect, false.

- "I would like to see some fade info on drum brakes proving they have more fade resistance."
I never wrote that and from a thermodynamic and design standpoint, that wouldn't make sense.

- "I know that 90% of the time, discs weigh far less."
Better do some practical experimentation on this one. Unless you are comparing a racing braking system with aluminum hats and multi-piston alloy calipers and alloy brackets to a factory drum set up, you're going to find that it is quite the reverse.

- "Drums contain heat within the system, whereas almost the entire disc is exposed to air to allow better cooling (And therefore fade resistance)."
You are somehow overlooking the design of a drum and how it dissipates heat. Drums radiate heat through the outer surface -of which there is quite a bit of. In the days before front discs were common...pre-1970, almost all drums - and in today's heavy duty applications, the drums have cooling fins as well to create a larger surface area for radiating heat. As to the issue of fade, which you correctly relate to heat but I don't think you understand it all that well, drum brake fade is the result of the heated drum expanding beyond the practical arc limit of the brake shoes. It takes quite a bit of hard use to achieve a level of fade that will cause you any problems. Anyone who drove a four-wheel drum brake car (as I did as a teen) back in the "good ol' days" can probably relate that it wasn't that poor of an experience -as the car magazines would have you believe. A properly maintained drum brake system will work just as well a disc system up to the point of fade. If you want to get a better understanding of this, investigate the drum systems used on Ferarri in the 50s for their LeMans cars and the '63 Corvette Z06. And the modulation of discs or drums has more to do with driver skill rather than brake design. If that were not the case, then it would not be possible to safely drive a drum brake car on snow or in the rain. We seemed to do it pretty well back then.

- "I go to an automotive engineering school where we design this kind of stuff for use on all kinds of vehicles."
So?

- "Where as drums are adequate for most cars, and most driving styles, some people (Me) like to push their cars to the limit, and discs are better for this."
Well most people (not me) don't own a Corvette (four-wheel discs with big honkin' 12" ventilated discs, four-piston fixed calipers, stainless lines, and carbon pads) and don't really know what it's like to push their car to the limit and never will.

Good luck on your Autocrossing.
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During regular everday driving the front wheels do 90 % of the driving, there is always 105 of the power passed to the rear wheels.All torque regulation to the rear wheels is based on a difference in the speed between the propshaft (which is linked to the front drive system) and the rear wheels.When the front axle speed exceeds the rear axle speed the rear diff is activated through the use of an oil pump in the diff housing that begins to activate a clutch pack gives the rear wheels more torque. As the speed difference equalizes the torque difference returns to normal.
sscicarman, do you know of a web site with this info published? I couldn't find the AWD system on gmpowertrain.com and Saturn's site doesn't say too much beyond "powers the front wheels during normal driving on smooth, dry roads. If they slip, power flows to the rear wheels automatically."

By the way, gmpowertrain.com does have some good info on the VTi Transmission

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