Fourtrak goes round wet corners sideways


My lovely Fourtrack that I've owned for a few months now does not like cornering and tyres squeel. In the wet it gets worse and I'm going round roundabouts or taking corners sideways, I'm not going that fast, prob between 25-30 mph. The bends aren't even that bendy!! It has recently passed its MOT, and I can't find bald bits on the tyres.
Please help, I like going 4wards not sideways.

Tyre pressures ?

I always know when my trak has tyre probs when they start squealing.

I had a slow puncture in a rear tyre which had gone down to 16 PSI (1.1 bar). This caused squeals which weren't usual.

FYI, 4trak tyre pressures for standard tyres are.

Front 28 PSI

Rear 24 PSI (unladen), up to 30 PSI fully laden

BTW, I'm assuming you haven't done something stupid with it like whacking it hard into a high kerb and putting the steering out of alignment, or been a bit too enthusiastic offroading it and bashed some suspension parts very hard.

thanks for the tyre

thanks for the tyre pressures, I'll get her pressure checked. I haven't done anything daft or silly with her, she's my baby and the nearest I've been to off-roadin' in her is to park on some grass!! I'll let you know how I get on;)

Guessing from the speed

Guessing from the speed you've quoted that this will not be your problem, but poss worth mentioning? I have had problems if putting the power on coming out of corners. Some times the terbo kickes in at just the crusially wronge moment, cousing traction to be lost by a sudden extra bit of tourque. That starts a slid, then it just keeps going.
On the flip side, I have had it happen cornering under engine breaking. This can couse ahand break turn like event, as the wheels go slower than the road speed. This is usually coused by 'agresive' driving though.
I am asuming it's on road tyres? As my Sporti gets a wobble on freshly wet roads even at lower speeds, but that is due to off road tyres on the rear.

Any veiws expresed in this thread by me are purely from my own experience, and (sometimes) falible memory. Hope my comments help, but please don't take them as gospel.

Any veiws expresed in this thread by me are purely from my own experience, and (sometimes) falible memory. Hope my comments help, but please don't take them as gospel.


Main problems with sliding in corners is excessive speed, but there are many other factors which may contribute to; or cause these problems.

Off road tyres are the major problem, they are a compromise between roadholding and digging in the mud, they offer better off road ability, but the compromise is worse on road handling. Tyre pressures are another major factor, slight experimenting with slightly higher or lower pressures than those recommended may yield results.

Worn suspension is another major factor, usually this is worn shock absorbers, or a combination of worn shockers and tired, or broken springs.

another nasty idea

Could it be your rear diff by any chance??, jack up the rear axle, put it in neutral chock the front wheels, spin your rear wheels and try to lock one by holding it as they are turned, if you cant stop one then your rear diff is err buggered...

Full of ideas but no time to do them!!
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