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My 1998 Mercury sable fishtails at 20-30 mph.

The vehicle fishtails at 20-30 mph where there is ice or snow. The tire tread on the back tires is average.

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Very poor traction in snow -


The answer to your issue most likely lies in the brand of tire. Kumho has very poor tread wear and often handles poorly in slick and snowy conditions. While their dry surface handling is generally good, and they seem quiet, that is about the extent of the plusses for Kumho. Sorry.

Mar 03, 2014 | 2011 Kia Sorento 2.5

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Winter driving tips.


WINTER TIRES
As a mechanic and a shop owner I get to try out various types of vehicles during test drives. So we get to try out different types of tires too. We learn what works well and what doesn't.
Don't kid yourself, all season tires don't come close to a quality winter tire on ice and snow. And when you add studs to a winter tire it makes them incredibly good. I hope they allow studded tires where you drive.
All season tires work well when they can contact the road surface directly, but when isolated from the road by ice and snow they just don't work. The compound of the tire is generally harder to resist summer heat that wears tires out and with the colder temperatures they just get stiffer.
The winter tire compound is a little softer which allows a better contact patch with whatever is under it and the larger tread gaps pinch the snow to gain traction.
Another big misconception with tires is putting them on the drive wheels only.
OK, why not you ask? Well lets start with one of the most common vehicles on the road today, a family sedan, front wheel drive.
On these cars your engine and transmission is front mounted, so a good part of the weight is front biased. So that puts lots of weight on your front wheels. Weight =traction, right? So you put your winter tires on the front and your already used all seasons on the back.
Imagine now cruising down the freeway in 4 inches of fresh snow, "man these winter tires are awesome !" But you need to brake in a hurry for a deer coming out. Well those fresh winters do their job OK but the lightweight back end of your car hasn't the traction to handle the maneuver, the back end is sliding around sideways...hang on to it!!!
Well you get the picture now. You need all 4.

DONT SPIN YOUR TIRES

How many times do you see it each slippery day? You know, the drivers wheels howling for mercy as they attempt to accelerate.
Many vehicles today are equipped with traction control, there is a good reason for this accessory to your vehicle. If you can accelerate without spinning you will get moving faster than someone who is, and under more control too. A spinning tire will often create a hot spot under itself, melt the ice or snow and make it even more slippery. You even run the risk of getting yourself stuck in the rut you create.
A spinning tire also will go sideways easier, as it loses traction it also loses some direction.
Granpa said to me sometimes...slow down and go faster ...I now have seen the truth in it.

on Dec 05, 2009 | Chevrolet Impala Cars & Trucks

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What is the component atached to the underside of the spare tire well on my 1996 Mercury Sable? It has 3 tubes runing to or from it. 1 is rubber and 2 are metal. The brackets that held it up rusted thur...


MERCURY SABLE , manufactured by FORD MOTOR COMPANY had a problem with SUSPENSION:FRONT . AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS, VEHICLE SWAYS AND VEERS EXCESSIVELY IN MODERATE CROSSWINDS. *AK.Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1MEHM55S31A. MERCURY SABLE 2001 problem was reported in ANDOVER, MA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20000901. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.MERCURY SABLE 2001 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 65 mph.

May 25, 2011 | 1996 Mercury Sable

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We put weight in the back but it seems to slide a lot on the road with snow. Is there something we don't know?


yes,,,there a bit tale light,,and you may be going a bit to fast as well,,,,the more weight you put in the back the more likely the rear is to brake away on you if your to fast into a bend???
try slowing down,,,,,like a lot!!!!!,,,,,, before you kill yourself

Nov 24, 2010 | 2004 Ford Fusion

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2006 Highlander V-6 AWD,(not Limited Ed). I Live in colorado, drive about 30k /yr, need tires that will handle the snow/ice and hopefully last for 45k, suggestions?


Hello. Welcome to FixYa. Please allow us to assist you.

In a word, finding tires that will handle snow and ice, and last for 45,000 miles is a difficult task.

Tires that perform better in the snow are traditionally 'softer' tires, and are not going to last 45,000 miles, due to the inherently softer tread composition..

We here recommend Bridgestone "Blizzak" winter tires. We have found their performance on snow to be simply tremendous. I would get come Blizzaks installed if I were you.

Thanks for choosing FixYa today.

Nov 23, 2010 | 2006 Toyota Highlander

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I have a 2004 Pontiac Grand AM . My car slides all over the place when it rains, or during the icy winter. What type of tires should I buy?


If you live in the northern part and north east you should purchase a tire specifically made for bad weather and avoid the all season type tires. The latter will do best on dry surfaces, and barely get you by on ice, snow, and wet roads. Most tire manufacturers make a rain tire, and bad weather tread. The brand is up to you. One more thing, make sure the tires are inflated to the proper pressure, over inflation will cause the symptoms you specify.

Aug 10, 2010 | 2004 Pontiac Grand Am

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Why my 1992 honda accord shakes above 60 mph


there are a few things that are more likely than others .. first tire balance .. if a tire loses a balancing weight or gets its rim dented or if the tire is simply worn .. then you need to rebalance the wheels .. this should be done every year or so anyhow .. a broken cord or belt in a tire will also show up when they try to balance as will a bent rim .. this will tend to shake the car above 50 mph .. thats also not a safe condition since the tire could fail unexpectedly .. you might observe a tires tread wiggling when observed moving from another car or on a rack when you spin the tire .... tires are most likely the trouble but a worn out CV joint will also shake at certain speeds .. usually this shows up at low speeds or as excessive slack in the drive system .. warped rotors are a frequent source of vibration . but usually the problem is most noticable as brakes are applied .. the best bet is to have the tires balanced and inspected .. that will give you lots of information .. one more thing you dont see as much anymore is wheel vibration at higher speeds caused by worn ball joints or tie rod ends .. the wheels will actually oscillate above a critical speed . you will often see cupping on the front tire treads if this happens .. that cupping problem can also be observed when the tires are balanced .. the tie rod ends can be checked with the wheel off the ground .. shake the tire left to right .. excessive slack would mean worn tie rod ends ...

Dec 31, 2009 | 1992 Honda Accord

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My 1998 ford explorer sounds like a flat tire occasionally at around 65 mph once stop the truck noise is no longer when accelerating again


Hard to say but hereafter different checks to be done.
- check for a loose wheel and/or broken wheel studs
- bad wheel bearing
- unbalanced wheel
- metal piece 'squeezed' through one of your tires
- if driving in snow remove any snow or ice from your wheels/mags
- bad universal joint through the driving line
Hope it will help
Dan

Dec 28, 2009 | 1998 Ford Explorer

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The vehicle is shaking at 50 mph


Have the tires checked for,out of round defects,and balanced.If that does not help,have the front end parts checked,tie rod ends.Then have a front end alignment.

Dec 17, 2009 | 1998 Mercury Mountaineer

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Do i need to replace all four tires if one went flat? what are the limitations of the spare?


You only have to replace the one that went flat, but if the other three are well worn, you may need a full set.

Plus, you generally cannot mix tire tread "on an axle", meaning tread on the front wheels should be the same, tread on rear wheels should be the same, but tread on front and back wheels do not need to be the same.

For the spare, it depends on if it's a full spare, or lightweight spare, meant to get you to a tire repair location. If so, limits are usually written on the tire, which is typically 50 miles and (I think) max speed of 50 MPH.

Dec 13, 2009 | 1998 Subaru Legacy

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