Does your GTI have some kind of traction or stability control? My RX-8 has a stability control--I forget exacrly what it's called--and there's a button that turns it off.
Also, when I did the one-day car control course at Skip Barber, the instructors disconnected the ABS on the BMW 325i's we were using when we were learning about threshold braking. Maybe there's an easy way to disconnect the ABS in your GTI?
What goes rumble rumble rumble at any speed over 20mph comes from the
back of the car and goes cunk cunk cunk when you apply the brakes.
A poorly secured dead body in the trunk?
You're not going to believe this.
I blame the power tool, something thiss dumb couldn't have been my fault. MAybe somebody's trying to kill me, one of those conspiracy people I keep badmouthing...
On the right rear, one of the lug nuts was missing, three were loose, leaving one on tight.
Don't ask me how it got that way, because I'm not going to blame my shiney new impact wrench so it must have been conspiracy people trying to kill me.
So I tightened them up again (with my shiny new impact wrench) and all the noises are gone.
Boy that would have been ugly if that last lug nut came off...
Wed 17 Oct 2007 08:45:39 PM EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold@uncnsrd
If you have enough torque, you'll find that lug nuts are a casualty of having fun.....
On large vehicles with large wheels (lorries) all wheel nuts tighten to the rear. This is because the usual forward motion can cause them to come loose.
In the good old days in the UK, when all wheel nuts were rigth hand thread, it was common for lorries to loose the off side wheels. This is why they changed the off side to left hand thread. In the USA that would be the near side.
This didn't stop the wheels coming off all together but it did reduce the occurrance by an order of magnitude.
Fri 19 Oct 2007 07:29:50 AM EDT from Ford II@uncnsrd
Never heard of that here, I wonder why not. doesn't exist here?
Hmm, I thought it was universal. It definately exists throughout Europe.
Forgot to add.
I just checked the International Road Haulage Association (iRHA) Construction and Use Handbook. This is a British publication by a British organisation but it is supposed to be a concise break down of the European laws for vehicle construction (My familly was in road haulage and I was going to be but they said I was too clever ... not too sure about that bit) and it says that all vehicles with a gross train wait in excess of 7500KG must have wheel nuts that tighten to the rear. Surprised me a bit, I didn't realise it was law, I thought it was just a defacto standard.
Either way its definately a European thing, may not be a USA thing though.
interesting flat tire this weekend. one of my tires had a slit in the sidewall, at one of the seams.
should probably be covered under warranty...
Mon 22 Oct 2007 04:51:33 PM EDT from Ford II@uncnsrd
The spare tire of my 1992 eclipse GS didn't even fit on a 1992 eclipse GSX.
Let me gues, one had four nuts, the other five?
nothing a really big drill wouldn't fix...
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