In rainy weather, better to inflate or deflate tires???

Discussion in 'SN95 4.6L Mustang Tech' started by SLEEPERstang21, Dec 11, 2004.

  1. I ask because the other day, as I was making a left at a light, my car fishtailed and did a complete 360 into the oncoming traffic. Luckily. no one was hurt and my car just suffered a dent to the right fender.
  2. If you have regular street tires (assuming good tread still remaining), just drive a little sharp sudden steering inputs, keep speeds lower, etc.
  3. Well I don't know if it's good to inflate your tires more than the recommended number... But logically to me, inflated is better. When it's flatter and there is more contact patch with the ground, the more chance of hydroplaning.

    Just advice, when turning, never push the gas in less than perfect weather. :shrug:
  4. Personally I don't think it's worth messing with your tire pressure during rainy weather, just keep your foot out of the throttle and drive with caution. That or get some of those badass 7" wide chrome casino rims and just cut through puddles and mud !!!!!
  5. Yeah... inflating would be the answer, but not reccomended over slower driving. What year is your mustang? Does it have the GoodYear Gatorbacks?

  6. Glad your okay.

    I know what you mean with the fish tailling. The first week I had my car it was raining and needless to say it was an interesting exeperience.
    Tire pressure is not the answer.

    Just take your time in the rain keep that traction control on, dont gas it as your doing 90 degree turns and you should be fine.
  7. BTW: What tires are you running on the street ? How long do you figure before you have to replace them ?
  8. V8 Mustangs are known to suck in the rain. With a light rear end, it only takes a slippery road and an entusiastic driver to kick out the back end.

    With that said, there have only been two times when the rear has unexpectedly spun and fishtailed on me. If you take precautions in the rain and have tires with good tread, you should be fine.

    But... the rain can also be fun :banana: empty parking lots make for some fun times in the rain. BTW- my mach will fishtail at 45 mph in 2nd gear if I get on it in the rain :nice:
  9. I'm running BFG KDWS tires and I got them over the summer. There's still plenty of thread on the tires. When you guys are driving on the freeway and the wind is kicking and it's raining, does it ever feel like your car is swaying in the back? I get that somtimes, or I might just be trippin...
  10. Well according to, those are highly rated for rain. Just take it easy in the turns and you should be fine.

    As for the wind pushing out the rear end.. It would depend on how fast your going and how hard the wind is blowing.. Could be tripping dude.
  11. my car always does this. It's from the live axle, the rear shimmies a little bit and moves back and forth ever so slightly. You can especially feel it on bumpy roads.
  12. ha! California...welcome to bumpy road hell!
  13. er... i've never had a fishtailing problem that wasn't caused by too much gas..
  14. I agree with the california roads being horrible.....i always complained about indiana roads when i lived there, i never will gripe about them ever again, LA is tore up everywhere.
  15. The 99+ cars aren't that bad in the rain. They do spin tires, but they are less likely to come around than some of the earlier Mustangs.

    Just keep the T/C on and let it do it's job.

    In my fox, every time i spin a rear tire in the rain the rear end almost comes around on me. Those cars are a lot worse in the rain. FOr some reason, the 99+ likes to stay straight a bit more...enough for the T/C or driver to catch it and save it.

    Oh and keep the tires inflated to proper 30 psi
  16. Agreed!
    Dude, this is caused by your right foot on the gas or off the brake - do screw with tire pressure, just drive more sensibly.