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extremely poor handling on remotely slick surface

Posted by 2g enthusiast, Apr 6, 2014

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  1. 2g enthusiast

    2g enthusiast Probationary Member

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    So I've searched and found a few threads on this, but they actually seem a bit different as anyone else that has brought this up mentioned it was while they were turning. But in my tsi awd if we get a light dusting of snow I can't go over 20mph without the car wanting to get sideways. Does anybody else have this issue? I'm wondering if something is binding up somewhere. I don't think it is brakes either. My brakes are all in good condition rotors and pads. I guess I haven't checked to make sure the handbrake is completely releasing though. I will check that in the next day or two. But if anybody has a solution or idea please share.
     
  2. Seamus

    Seamus Proven Member

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    Well you don't give much info, but I would say its defiantly the alignment or a bent/ damaged suspension piece. Even bald ass tires shouldnt be that unstable.
     
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  3. 1G Eclipse94928

    1G Eclipse94928 Proven Member

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    I agree, but maybe old summer tires would cause this.
    what tires are you running?
    What suspension, and go check if everything connected to your wheels is on there tight.
     

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  4. nathan_spindler55

    nathan_spindler55 Proven Member

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    in my buddies 2g if he would go over 25 on snow the car would go sideways and spin out. his rear bushings were shot and caused the rear wheels to be out of alignment.
     

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  5. VtecvrsTurbo

    VtecvrsTurbo Proven Member

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    The rear wheels "toe" sounds out of wack. Doesn't take much to make the car very unstable in rain/snow.
     
  6. 2g enthusiast

    2g enthusiast Probationary Member

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    I'll have it up in the air tomorrow to check all bushings and ball joints etc. I will let you guys know if I find anything sloppy.
     
  7. unashmdsm

    unashmdsm Probationary Member

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    Def. Sounds like an alignment issue. When I lowered my car, my thrown off camber was definitely not griping the road correctly.
     
  8. Red2G_GST

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    Check your tires see if they have any bald spots in the inside of the tire if so alignment!!
     
  9. zkheasley

    zkheasley Proven Member

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    Size of tires are a big factor also, low profile tires are no good in snow.
     

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  10. ricktb

    ricktb Proven Member

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    After I did my tokico lowering springs and shocks, I noticed my rear camber and toe was out of wack, and like you said, whenever I drove on the slightest bit of snow the rear end of the car would snap back and forth, as if it couldnt decide which tire wanted to have traction. Back and forth, almost spinning me out again and again. If I could get it to stay centered it felt like I was in a constant drift (kinda cool). I got a piece of string and did a DIY rear toe alignment to within factory spec and the issue went away, and it drives straight as an arrow. My camber is still messed up, and I am getting bad tire wear. I have a camber kit waiting to go on, and then after I will get a proper shop alignment done, as well as some new tires.
     

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  11. paack

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    Good info , thanks I think I have a similar problem.
     
  12. DSM1G90

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    And, have all tires the same size with equal amount of pressure.

    One tire gets a little low, that axle will draws the attention from the other three axles since the couplers will be engaged to get power to that one axle.
     

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