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    Default Understeer and spinning wheels.

    Was driving a little "enthusiastically" the other day and on a couple of roundabouts noticed the car (04 plate hatchback) seemed to be understeering a little more than I remembered and felt a little unstable.

    Also noticed that it now seems easier than before to spin the wheels when pulling away, especially in the damp (no TC on my car, although it's only a 1.8 petrol so not exactly overpowered!)

    Front tyres are Michelins, with about half their original tread. New Kumhos on the back, might swap them over when I get back home.

    Just wondered if the problem could be due to worn suspension components. Already had the classic busted coil spring problem on the rear, so wondered if it had happened on the front. Can't see any obvious problem (although not got a jack here) and the car seems to be sitting level. One thing I did notice was it seemed to "bounce" a little oddly when I shoved down on the nearside wing a couple of times.

    Going to get a garage to take a look, just thought I'd try here first. Any ideas chaps?

    Cheers.

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    If it's bouncing excessivly when pushing down a corner it would point to a knackered shock absorber

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    God has overnight remapped your car :P

    No idea mate, I have that problem too but that's due to me being a lunatic and after chipping the car. I doubt its suspension problem or tyre, possible you accelerating at the rate you never did before? ie using the full power now?

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    a shock in working order will return to its normal position but should not bounce about before it does - if it does it indicates that the shock could be cream crackered! if the shock is gone then it can force the wheel to bounce about excessively on the road and lose a bit of traction - hence you might be getting understeer due to it. might be worth taking to kwik fit or somewhere and getting them to 'diagnose' the problem FOC

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    Quote Originally Posted by djr69uk View Post
    a shock in working order will return to its normal position but should not bounce about before it does - if it does it indicates that the shock could be cream crackered! if the shock is gone then it can force the wheel to bounce about excessively on the road and lose a bit of traction - hence you might be getting understeer due to it. might be worth taking to kwik fit or somewhere and getting them to 'diagnose' the problem FOC
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    you'll come out needing new rear pads and discs and a new exhaust and still have the problem of a knackered shock

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    woah woah woah lol!! don't misunderstand me guys lol!!! I wouldn't let those MUPPETS work on my car ever!! However, I would let them chuck it on a ramp, spend an hour going over every inch of it finding out what's wrong (and then trying to find something else to sell me) on the hope that they might get a booking... ignore all that though... just take diagnosed problem and get what needs doing done elsewhere - or DIY it. Simples!

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    Quote Originally Posted by djr69uk View Post
    woah woah woah lol!! don't misunderstand me guys lol!!! I wouldn't let those MUPPETS work on my car ever!! However, I would let them chuck it on a ramp, spend an hour going over every inch of it finding out what's wrong and then trying to find something else to sell me on the hope that they might get a booking out of me... ignore all that though... just take diagnosed problem and get what needs doing done elsewhere - or DIY it. Simples!
    Completely understand, just after all the faults they missed on watchdog I doubt they would even find it, they are ****** useless
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Just had it into a local suspension specialist, surprise surprise, offside coil spring busted...

    Time to get the Haynes out... Anyone any idea how hard the job is? Did the rears a few months ago with no probs.

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    The problem with using Kwik Fit to check your shocks is that you can't trust them not to spray wd40 on them and claim that the shock is leaking, even if in reality the shock is fine.

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