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Old 07-13-2012, 03:47 PM
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stock prelude oversteers, close call...need help

hey guys, i was commuting home yesterday. i had a green light to make a 90 degree right turn at an intersection. im going 5-10 mphs and experience some serious oversteer, and the back of the car begins to engage into an extremely slow drift. i counter-steered and got it strait but i dont want to experience something like that ever again. i dont understand what the heck happened since i was going so slow around the turn. i am on completely stock suspension. afterwards, when i got home i check my tires and suspension, everything seemed okay. can anybody explain what the heck caused that to happen? i went home to try and duplicate what happened (when it was safe and nobody around) and couldnt get it to happen again.

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Re: stock prelude oversteers, close call...need help

Was there something on the road?
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Re: stock prelude oversteers, close call...need help

new tires and suspension
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Re: stock prelude oversteers, close call...need help

Possibly something in the road. That's happened to me a few times
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Re: stock prelude oversteers, close call...need help

If you have less tread at the back the car will oversteer off power, when I got my car it had brand new tyres at the front and really terrible sava tyres at the back and low tread with 30psi in the back and 40psi at the front, the oversteer was ridiculous for a front wheel in the wet lol.
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Re: stock prelude oversteers, close call...need help

If you'd started accelerating through the corner and then lifted abruptly, that would do it, no matter how low the speed. Not unique to Preludes, but they're pretty good at it...it's even fairly controllable with some practice.
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Re: stock prelude oversteers, close call...need help

I don't see how it's possible to lose traction at 5 mph without there being oil or something else in the road
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Re: stock prelude oversteers, close call...need help

to chime in i have new tires with less than 1500 miles inflated to 32 psi. im starting to read more and more that this is not uncommon in 5th gens. the "drift" itself was very controllable and i have never drifted in my life. i doubt there was any debris on the road. i just want to know how that can happen, if its something im doing to cause that to happen so i can prevent it from happening in the future if i have family/friends in my car.

EDIT: "If you'd started accelerating through the corner and then lifted abruptly" this may be exactly what had happened. im going to try to see if i can emulate this again, when its safe and nobody around of course. this has been bugging me since it happened, i feel unsafe going around turns now not knowing if this will happen again or not.
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Re: stock prelude oversteers, close call...need help

Look up "trailing throttle oversteer", or "lift-off oversteer". In a nutshell, if you shift the car's weight abruptly forward (accelerate hard, then lift or brake abruptly) while turning, you remove traction from the back end and increase it at the front. Oversteer, and at surprisingly low speeds, even on dry surfaces.

How to prevent it? Don't lift or brake hard while you're turning, especially if you're turning hard! Be smooth.

If you want to find out how to make use of TTO, get out on an autocross course or find a driver's school. A little practice, and it's easy to make a Prelude rotate. Don't practice on the street, though...too easy to find yourself backwards in traffic.
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Re: stock prelude oversteers, close call...need help

thanks jamie, just the answer i was looking for. REPPED!
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Re: stock prelude oversteers, close call...need help

Jamie you make being backwards in traffic sound like a bad thing lolol.
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Re: stock prelude oversteers, close call...need help

BTDT (black ice in the middle of I-57)...sounds like your heart beating, because everything else has gone very quiet.... :)
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Re: stock prelude oversteers, close call...need help

Check your front and rear stabilizer links.
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