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    Just drove home from work tonight, and chose a road with 'not so perfect tarmac' as its a quicker way home, and on the really rough tarmac (not potholes) the back of the car seemed to do a wagging kinda thing, as though the car was applying alternating power to the rear brakes. I was on a perfectly straight bit of road when it did it, and the road dry - what the heck was the car doing to my heart, im sure my wallet sprouted legs and ran of for fear of being emptied :-) Driven over that road in that condition many hundreds of times in different cars and never had it happen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyallen View Post
    Just drove home from work tonight, and chose a road with 'not so perfect tarmac' as its a quicker way home, and on the really rough tarmac (not potholes) the back of the car seemed to do a wagging kinda thing, as though the car was applying alternating power to the rear brakes. I was on a perfectly straight bit of road when it did it, and the road dry - what the heck was the car doing to my heart, im sure my wallet sprouted legs and ran of for fear of being emptied :-) Driven over that road in that condition many hundreds of times in different cars and never had it happen!

    I also had a Scary drive home, I looked to my left and saw my wife.

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    Are your tyre pressures right...they need to be as near as poss to the book value, or else the car wanders on uneven roads.

    Also are your rear suspension linkages okay...wear in these can also give an unusual driving experience.

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    Tyre pressures are fine, I like playing with the little inflator and 10 meters of air hose that came with the car lol Suspension seems as good as new, before I bought it I have it Network Q'd AND AA checked lol I really didnt want to buy a lemon.

    The only way to describe the feeling, is similar to the ABS on the front wheels, but on the back, almost as though the car is braking one side to stop a slip but then compensating with the other straight after...... its really strange, i'll drive back that way tomorrow and see if it does it again!!

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    are the tyres a decent quality ??
    or are they cheap as chips ditch finders ??

    the road may have been dry but i would have been surprised if there was no black ice last night as it was fairly chilly?

    maybe you have a decent set of front tyres but the rears are either lower on tread or just not suitable and wander all over the place

    might be able to disprove by swapping front to rear and driving the road again >

    0-Large smile ......every time it's driven

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    Got nearly new NCT 5's all round (Michellin), went over the same road tonight, but with half of me hanging out my window looking and listening at the rear, same thing, no unusual noises of any kind, just seems like some sort of mechanical stability control cos the wheel definatly brakes as though to keep the back end in line (I liked the smiley, sums it all up)

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    I had a similar thing and it turned out one of my rear shocks had failed. Easily spotted by the hydralic fluid running down it. I guess could also be a broken spring?

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    Have you got the optional ESP as an option as this will apply brakes if it thinks you are about to lose it.

    Then again when I had NCT5's on the car used to try and kill me, only any good as taxi tyres!.

    I changed to Conti Sport Contact 3's which improved things lots, then replaced the rear standard shocks with Bilstein B4's which firmly planted the rear end and only mud all over the road could get it to twitch.

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