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Old 09-14-2005, 10:13 PM   #1
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Close call!

After being in Kitchener since 7am today, I was really ready to beat it home. It was unbelievable how many left lane hogs were on the 401 today, with the rain, most were going just barely over 100! I spent most of the trip in the far right lane smoking past those losers.

When I got to the 407 ramp, I slowed to 130 because the car gets light on the gentle right sweeper on the way down the bridge. On the way up, I started to lay on the gas anyway -4th gear. Suddenly, the rear end came loose and started to step out. I backed off immediately and countersteered, preparing for the worst! Luckily, the tail only swung the other way slightly and then got back on track. No traction control action! Hmmmm the guardian angel must be asleep.

After all that, I got stuck in the traffic jam anyway. If I was 5 minutes earlier, I problably would have been part of it! I stopped at Bramalea, and shut the motor off, pulled out the laptop to do some work. I saw the ambulance helicopter land maybe 1km East of where I was. I was listening to the radio, which reported that an oil truck had flipped on it's side. After hearing that, I joined the other losers driving the wrong way up the ramp to Bramalea road.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:50 PM   #2
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did you time for an oil change..hehehaha
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Old 09-15-2005, 07:43 AM   #3
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What happend to your TCS?
Without TCS the car can be a handfull.
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Old 09-15-2005, 08:40 AM   #4
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I tried it again later - 120 kph, 4th gear in heavy rain..still works. I wonder if it was working, but I was too busy $hitting my pants to notice the lamp flashing???

I suppose that the difference in wheelspin wasn't enough for the TCS to pick up the skid??
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Old 09-16-2005, 08:49 AM   #5
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I tried it again later - 120 kph, 4th gear in heavy rain..still works. I wonder if it was working, but I was too busy $hitting my pants to notice the lamp flashing???

I suppose that the difference in wheelspin wasn't enough for the TCS to pick up the skid??
Hey there is an idea 124Kph 4th gear hmmm let's see if my TCS works.
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Old 09-16-2005, 09:14 AM   #6
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Hey there is an idea 124Kph 4th gear hmmm let's see if my TCS works.
Yeah- doesn't sound very bright huh!! Well, if you intentionally initiate a skid, it's easier to catch since the driver is prepared for it. In fact, all drivers should practice skid at high speeds - Trac Off - to prepare for situations like I had!!!

I was thinking some more about this. I think I read somewhere that the TCS light comes on only when the skid is severe enough for the system to decide to limit the throttle. So if only the braking portion is being used, the light doesn't flash.
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Old 09-16-2005, 12:14 PM   #7
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windwagon your right about trying it out before hitting the streets i know with fwd i been trying out new shit for a while and in the winter time i goto total controll but since im going rwd i think on a day like today i would practice to see if i can controll the car.
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Old 09-16-2005, 08:18 PM   #8
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Try that with a motorcycle full throttle at 120Kmh in the rain it's fun.
Braking is even better as long as you don't lock up your front wheel.
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Old 10-03-2005, 11:48 AM   #9
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cool post.
maybe you touched a small patch of oil slick?
praticing skid control is a great idea. we all should brush up skills monthly.
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