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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-16-2019, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Loose ride on wet roads

Has anyone else experienced an issue with the rear end of the vehicle getting very loose and "sloppy" on wet roads? I have a 2018 HEV LX, with no lane assist. The only feature on my vehicle in traction control. I drive vehicles for a living and have driven everything from motorcycles to heavy trucks and I have never felt a vehicle that is this "loose" when driving on wet roads with any kind of irregularities. My work car prior to this one was a Mazda 2 which is much smaller and lighter, and it didnt have any of these issues on the same roads. Could it be the Michelin tires? I appreciate any feedback.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-16-2019, 06:40 PM
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I also have a 2018 HEV LX and have not experienced that at all. I always felt the Niro was very sure footed.

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I also have a 2018 LX HEV. It's no sports car and does feel a bit wiggly in the rear when turning briskly on irregular pavement. Not noticed any difference on wet roads. Very sure footed on snow! As I understand that feature, a combination of low center of gravity and very good front to rear weight balance. Most cars I've owned have been very tail happy and eager to spin. Not this one.

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Could be your tires don't have the best grip in the wet, especially if you tend to take your corners quickly. The OEM tires are reasonably good, but not exactly a "rain" tire.
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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-17-2019, 03:10 AM
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never noticed that but we maybe pass at diferent speed in corners
known to have influence are tire pressure and geometry,
a geometry a little out and a car can be totally erratic on wet or snow.
I remember some people with subaru having same complaints... geometry out direct from factory.
it might not be your problem but it is a possibility.
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juste one more thing... what tires and what wheels size do you have?
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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-17-2019, 10:51 AM
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2018 HEV LX comes with 15" wheels.

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Excuse me, I meant 16" wheels. I spend a lot of time on Ioniq forums - the base Ioniq has 15" wheels. All Niros below EX have 16" wheels.

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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-17-2019, 02:19 PM
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ok, sorry, not familiar with your references for that car (here it's referenced as concept/drive and emotion)


so I guess you don't have michelin pilot sport 3 tires that I have on the 18" wheels therefore it could be normal to have diferent driving experience (not saying it is normal to have that behaviour though)
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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-18-2019, 11:44 AM
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I would get your alignment and rear suspension checked. (Assuming your tires are all in good condition and all the same brand/model/age.)

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