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I was trying to make my 2008 Outback slide on snow packed roads this morning. When I pushed hard on the break peddle I felt a vibration and heard a clatter. Is that how the anti-locking breaking system is suppose to behave?
 

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Yes, and I've found that when I was sliding on a snowy road, applying the brakes too hard caused the ABS to kick-in and the car kept sliding, scaring the poo out of me as I started to drift into an intersection. Now, I gently use the brakes in snow and if the ABS starts to come on I let up off the brake peddle and start applying soft pressure again. Of course, if it is dry or just wet roads I use the ABS as it was intended, being able to steer while panic braking.
 

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^Agreed. The abs strategy can be awful in more situations than it should in this model Outback.
 

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Yes, and I've found that when I was sliding on a snowy road, applying the brakes too hard caused the ABS to kick-in and the car kept sliding, scaring the poo out of me as I started to drift into an intersection. Now, I gently use the brakes in snow and if the ABS starts to come on I let up off the brake peddle and start applying soft pressure again. Of course, if it is dry or just wet roads I use the ABS as it was intended, being able to steer while panic braking.
You should also know that ABS won't work if your doing less than 10 km/h. I had to figure that one out during an less than ideal situation.
 
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