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ravenandrews 10-07-2002 06:08 PM

problems with hydroplaning
I have a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am
Has anyone ever had any problems with hydroplaning in bad weather?

Thank you

shadyluke 10-07-2002 06:17 PM

A lot of car have trouble with hydroplaning in bad weather, especially small trucks like mine. Wrecked it twice in bad weather. Good tires and weight is all I know that helps.

HotRodMan 10-07-2002 06:43 PM

Wide tires have a greater tendancy to hydoplane than the narrow ones do. If you gotta have those wide tires, you better slow down when it rains. Also, the newer tires they have come out with the groove down the center of the tire is better than the conventional treads, and helps channel the water from under the tread.

4 Jaw Chuck 10-07-2002 06:44 PM

Have your alignment checked if your tires are in good shape.

91fox 10-07-2002 09:51 PM

This is a very common problem in my experience with any rear wheel drive car that has a good amount of power and is light in the rear end such as your pontiac. My only advice is good tires and take it easy especialy in those turns.

CptBil 10-12-2002 05:43 PM

It is a Natural Phenomenonnnm!!!
At a certain speed, usually around 50 or so, depending on the vehicle/weight/tire, etc., the tires cannot get rid of the water from under the tire fast enough and the water forms a wave!
The vehicle will then ride up on this wave (wedge) of water!
Thus! You have A hyro plane!! Almost as bad as ICE!! But! Let's not go there!! I have very bad memories of that situation!
Floating (hyroplaning)! A really scarey thing!!! But! There are "Rain" Tires out there!
BUT! Who wants all of that noise??
Just drive below the hyroplane speed and then you'll have no sweat (upon the forehead)!!
Guess why you get stuck in sand??

[ October 12, 2002: Message edited by: CptBil ]</p>

BstMech 10-12-2002 06:01 PM

I used to live in AZ., and have been stuck in the sand many times. I know letting air out of the tires helps keep you from getting stuck. But what is the theory of why you get stuck? :)

CptBil 10-12-2002 06:59 PM

That wave of water that forms in front of the tire....make that a wave or roll of sand!
The front tire must climb over that wave/roll of sand. (Which gets bigger and bigger as you move foreward)
If tire can't climb over the roll of sand, it begins to act like a block and your forward momentum slows or stops, then the rear wheels, because they are light, begin to bounce, digging a nice hole in the sand!
AND! Down you go!
How's that sound? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">

4 Jaw Chuck 10-12-2002 10:10 PM

Simple theory of why you get stuck.

Forward friction/resistance exceeds available traction. :p

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