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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-11, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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What's up with the fishtailing?

My GF has a 2003 grand marquis and I've driven it enough to have a good feel for it. For the second time in 6 months I'm making a left hand turn getting on the expressway. It was lightly raining both times and it happened at the same location both times. I wasn't going fast. I just came to the curve and started turning left and here comes the rearend around. My GF was impressed with the way I kept it under control but I want to know what's a nice big heavy car doing fishtailing at low speeds?

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Re: What's up with the fishtailing?

Check all of the links for the rear axle. The bushings being worn can cause that.

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Re: What's up with the fishtailing?

tires, suspension, worn parts... all contribute to this...


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Re: What's up with the fishtailing?

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tires, suspension, worn parts... all contribute to this...
Heavy foot on the pedal. I know from experience
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Re: What's up with the fishtailing?

Thanks for all the replies.

I will have it checked out. I do know it has continential tires on it. I don't think that's one of your better quality tires on the market. Awhile back I had checked the treadwear, traction and temperature ratings on the tires. I can't recall the numbers/letters right now but I remember thinking the treadwear rating was pretty high. I know the higher that number is the harder the rubber.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-20-11, 12:11 PM
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Re: What's up with the fishtailing?

Dont think you can blame the Continental tires too much as they are a decent German tyre that have sold well throughout Europe for a lot of years and are fitted as original equipment on a variety of BMWs Mercs , Fords to name a few . Saying that , sometimes changing makes of tires can transform a car in relation to handling , steering , ride etc .
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