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Old 29 May 2013, 06:35 pm
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Our Cruiser seems to have a mind of its own when driving wet highways where the usual standing water pools in the worn-in traffic lines. Although I try to drive outside those "pool" tracks, inevitably I get pulled into them and the front end jumps in line just like it was on a grooved track. It can also be a little unnerving going into a wet curve.
Does the Cruiser have a tendency to hydroplane; could it be a loose front end; could it be the tires? All? None? I don't recall ever having a car that made me a little more than concerned when driving on wet highway.
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Old 29 May 2013, 06:40 pm
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The PT is as good as your tires. I've driven in downpours that everyone else was pulling off the side of the road. Maje sure the tires are all weather and groves that will push the water out the side.
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Old 29 May 2013, 06:43 pm
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I don't have that problem, my PT handles snow and rain very well. The next time you're due for tires, look for one that's for what ever weather you face the most of. I use Continental extremes, used to have good year tires and they weren't good for the NY winter.
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Our Cruiser seems to have a mind of its own when driving wet highways where the usual standing water pools in the worn-in traffic lines. Although I try to drive outside those "pool" tracks, inevitably I get pulled into them and the front end jumps in line just like it was on a grooved track. It can also be a little unnerving going into a wet curve.
Does the Cruiser have a tendency to hydroplane; could it be a loose front end; could it be the tires? All? None? I don't recall ever having a car that made me a little more than concerned when driving on wet highway.
i only notice that in mine when i'm going "too fast for conditions". which for me is 60-70 where i should be doing 50 or when it is pouring to the point that normal people slow down
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Old 29 May 2013, 06:53 pm
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i only notice that in mine when i'm going "too fast for conditions". which for me is 60-70 where i should be doing 50 or when it is pouring to the point that normal people slow down

I should have mentioned that in my reply. No matter what tires you have, if your conditions exceed the tire adhesion to the surface of the road, nothing going to save you.
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Old 29 May 2013, 06:58 pm
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a tire change will probably fix your issue...
what tires are on the car now and how old/worn are they?
check out TireRack they have a nice easy to use tire decision guide...
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Old 29 May 2013, 08:49 pm
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Another thing that is a Must is proper tire perssure, and worn front end parts if it wants to jump around in the so called track grooves.The tires I use are All Season Performance Radials . they handle Snow,Rain,hot weather and cold . Good luck.
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Old 29 May 2013, 09:23 pm
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Going from the factory Goodyear's to Conti Extreme Contact DWS was all the difference on all road conditions. Worth the investment.
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Our Cruiser seems to have a mind of its own when driving wet highways where the usual standing water pools in the worn-in traffic lines. Although I try to drive outside those "pool" tracks, inevitably I get pulled into them and the front end jumps in line just like it was on a grooved track. It can also be a little unnerving going into a wet curve.
Does the Cruiser have a tendency to hydroplane; could it be a loose front end; could it be the tires? All? None? I don't recall ever having a car that made me a little more than concerned when driving on wet highway.
Turn your tire out and take a close up pic and post.
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It's your tyres for sure ! Or they're worn, or they're simply no good.
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