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    On the way home last night i ended up going sideways round a roundabout, it was slightly damp on the road and i wasn't going overly fast. Its the 3rd time its happened. Has anyone else had this? Cheers

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    I've had a few scary moments,i put it down to cheap tyres

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    Fuel spillage on floor ? Naff tyres ? I remember spinning out in my Vec B, it had Toyo tyres on the front that gave me a lot of confidence but caught me out when they out gripped the budgets that were on the rear !!!! On the plus side, it looked like a real drift, not a complete mistake that scared me to death !! lol

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    No, not had it mate - must be down to incorrect driving for the conditions or cheap/failing tyres.

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    Apart from speed, the other problem could be your shock asorbers on the rear. Can cause rear end to skip round corners and feel as thou the back end will slide away. Giving that if you were going overly faster than you should the back end may slide away. Checking the shocks is easy, undo the bottom bolt on the shock and see if you can move the shock up and down with hand force.

    if it wont your shocks are knackered, and will cause the symptons above.

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    In my old work van, 3.5 tonne ldv, rear wheel drive, hit some moist Tarmac at a fair speed and feeling the back end go I felt my bum tweek abit, turned into it and did it round to the next exit, looked ace to me, think if I'd of been in my own car I would have just slammed on, good feeling when it goes right though

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    ended up facing the wrong way on a roundabout last winter lol although I was trying to go round the roundabout sideways and pushed it a little too far

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    Folk have this down to "cheap tyres" only time i had this happen years ago, but i was on Michelins!! Yet again i was not going at silly speed into the island, no sign of spillages. I have budget tyres on now & grip as well round the same island in same conditions too.
    I will never have mich's in ever, in fact my Vec-c had them when i first bought it, i soon got rid of them & bought khumo's

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    Quote Originally Posted by slaidlaw81 View Post
    On the way home last night i ended up going sideways round a roundabout, it was slightly damp on the road and i wasn't going overly fast. Its the 3rd time its happened. Has anyone else had this? Cheers

    after the 2nd time - i would have thought there must be an underlying problem - you need to get this diagnosed and rectified before your involved in an accident and either injure yourself or someone else

    think back to the other 2 times what was the contribritury factors?

    weather conditions ? wet / dry
    road conditions standing water /dry /damp/

    road locations - bends tight/long sweeping corners/ roundabouts/etc

    speed 10 mph 20 mph 30 mph above??

    tyre make price and conditions - new part worn - due to be replaced etc..

    if the above can be ruled out then this would point to a mechanical defect on your car - as suggested maybe the suspension or poor quality tyres


    if its the latter either get them changed or learn to drive within the limitations of your current setup to the prevailing weather conditions -( i.e. roads have been very dry -therefore suspected diesel/fuel spillages at roundabouts will increase the risk of wheel spin/sliding = slower entry speeds and slower round the roundabout until the vehicle has straightened up...) until you can do something about it

    i "suggest" you find yourself a quiet industrial estate at night and try to "recreate" the enviroment and see if it happens again
    then swap your tyres front to rear and try again and report back

    hth

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    Simple matter of the law of physics really matey

    Too fast for the road conditions.
    Diesel spill etc on a damp surface after a dry spell = reduced grip.
    Hard compound / poor quality tyres.

    You need the best tyres at the rear. This counteracts the experience you had which causes many accidents as tyres grip and then let go with little of no feedback catching people out...

    And, yes I have been caught out too ...visions of a gyrating Mk2 Mexico on the A38 sliproad in '85

    No damage done luckily, but I strongly suggest that you check your tyres

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