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My S3 is very tail happy in the wet on roundabouts

funnyclub Jul 10, 2010

  1. funnyclub

    funnyclub Member

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    Hey lads I have noticed my S3 is very tail happy when going round sharp bends or roundabouts.
    Today on the way home from work I was going round a big roundabout I wasnt driving the car hard but as the weight was pushing to the left hand side of the car the backend started stepping out.
    So the next roundabout I got to I went abit harder and again the back end stepped out and I was major sideways drifting the car round the roundabout. It was almost like I had lifted the handbrake it stepped out that much.

    Anyone experience this? I have had evos and scoobies before that wouldnt even step out like that driving the same way. I wouldnt mind if I was driving in hard and running big power that was inducing a power slide but I was just driving normally.
     
  2. sportstractor

    sportstractor Chugger

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    yeah mine does too, i put it down to poor tyres
     
  3. alijames

    alijames Active Member

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    I've forgotten what it's like to drive in the wet... :laugh:

    Cheers,
     
  4. djarchive

    djarchive Member

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    Mine gets excited when I push her. Silly bitch give her less power/ see if that fixes your problem :) lol
     
  5. Prawn

    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    Haha, yea, don't I know it J ;)

    You got that armco shaped dent removed yet?
     
  6. Pabl0

    Pabl0 Member

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    Id again say poor or low tread tyres or worn suspension/bushes on the rear. Might be worth just jacking the car up and seeing if you notice anything weeping/very worn.
     
  7. Essflee

    Essflee Well-Known Member

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    Can't say I've ever noticed my back end kick out in the wet, especially with normal driving, the car will understeer long before the back would step out, I reckon it could be more than a tyre issue, doesn't sound right to me...

    I'd get the car checked underneath
     
  8. vetch

    vetch S3

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    Enjoy it, thats what I would do!
     
  9. jojo

    jojo Looking for Boost! Staff Member Moderator Team Daytona Audi S3 quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    I'd be happy is my S3 can get it's ar5e out.
     
  10. funnyclub

    funnyclub Member

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    Haha ya it must be the tyres. I mean yesterday I was doing proper nose to the roundabout drifts lol I will be honest it was fun but something that could catch the wife out if she was driving it.
     
  11. 1animal1

    1animal1 The Clar!! it mouves!!! VCDS Map User

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    yup i had one budget tyre on mine a few months back...changed both for pirelli rossos and not happend since :)
     
  12. 5ean

    5ean S3 Owner VCDS Map User

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    Tyres or it may be worth checking the rear springs as my car was tail happy then found out they were both snapped..
     
  13. funnyclub

    funnyclub Member

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    My tyres are Pirelli P6000 and I have read some reviews that they are shocking in the wet. I am still going to get the rear suspension checked though just incase.
     
  14. Kef9

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    Sounds good. I might get myself a set of those!
     
  15. sportstractor

    sportstractor Chugger

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    yep, you can barely tell lol

    I need some decent tyres
     
  16. ianysm

    ianysm Active Member

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    I'd check tyre tread and pressures plus tracking or other suspension items, sounds great but not right!! They're usually boring safe handlers!
     
  17. S3 TAM

    S3 TAM Pocket now empty

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    Mine did the same.
    I found out i had two cracked springs and cracked ARB mount. so droped it on a set of AP coilys, R32 ARB's and forge tie bars.
    still done it after all that so change all 4 tyres to VREDESTEIN ULTRAC SESSANTA. now its sweet as a nut.

    I'd say get springs checked but get new tyres.
     
  18. Matt82

    Matt82 Active Member

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    what tyres did you have before?
     
  19. S3 TAM

    S3 TAM Pocket now empty

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    Some eco ones the dealer put on the rear when i bought the car.
    It had P6000 on the front.
     
  20. Matt82

    Matt82 Active Member

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    hmmm **** tyres then definately a sure fire way to ruin a car :p
     
  21. MintyS3

    MintyS3 Works 60% the time, Everytime.

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    Not managed it in mine but I have good tyres and new b8's and h&r's. Doesnt seem right.
     
  22. Jonay

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    Just a question from a complete novice..

    why would faulty suspension cause the tail to step out? I can understand why tyres would..
     
  23. sportstractor

    sportstractor Chugger

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    as faulty suspension can change the geometery of it and any unwanted movement in any parts could cause it to break away
     
  24. myke

    myke Member VCDS Map User

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    You could swap your front and rear tyres and see if it still happens , I guess your front have more tread hence rear wheel skid not front wheel skid, which do you prefure ;o)
     

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