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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-25-2013, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Just bought a brand new 2013 Elantra and live in Wisconsin.The car is constantly fishtailing.I know how to drive in the snow I've lived in Wisconsin all my life.I just want to cry.Any suggestions please help.
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Disable the automatic slide stabilizer, it works for me. That's helpful when people don't know or aren't confident driving under severe weather conditions. I've had better luck this way.
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The car is constantly fishtailing.I know how to drive in the snow
It is a light car with front wheel drive. The stock tires aren't particularly good in snow.....or on ice. The dynamics and electronics are probably different than any other can you have driven.

Thus, the evidence says that you do NOT know how to drive THIS car in snow and ice. And when the rear of a FWD car slides out, that's usually good evidence that you were going to fast.....for the car and the conditions.

Try turning off the traction controls.......but that might just trade one problem for another.

In the end, get better winter tires and slow down.
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Thank you for the help I will try your suggestions and I asked for your advice (which I do appreciate)because I am 50 years old and have driven all sorts of vehicles front wheel drive,rear wheel drive, 4 wheel drive, and used them all on my mail route and I've never had this type of problem.That's why I wasn't sure if it was me or the car so I will try as you kind people have suggested.Thank you
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I'd read about the cheap OE shocks and understand how high MPG tires aren't best for snow/ice traction. I've felt the rear end shimmy over medium sized bumps, but this morning was the first time I really drove to work on bumpy ice. The back end was shifting left and right quite a lot, almost rhythmically. I'll try messing with the traction controls next time I experience this. I know I drive too fast. I'll have winter tires before next winter...and KYB rear shocks soon.

43, Minnesota, mostly used to small RWD trucks
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I also live in Wisconsin and The car seems OK driving in snow. The stock tires are not the greatest just OK. I replaced stock tires on my 2012 Azera with Continental DWS all season tires and now it drives great in snow. I'll change the GT tires with DWS when I get more miles on stock tires
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I'll try messing with the traction controls next time I experience this.
It did make a difference. I'll have to see what a difference it makes in some of the places I know makes it do the shimmy when the roads are dry. So what does the traction control do, besides make it seem like I'm more out of control?
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It did make a difference. I'll have to see what a difference it makes in some of the places I know makes it do the shimmy when the roads are dry. So what does the traction control do, besides make it seem like I'm more out of control?
For the most part it just limits power when it senses wheel spin. So when all 4 wheels arent going the same speed, it will lower power to the engine to try to get them going the same speed. On dry and slightly wet surfaces this helps keep traction. However, in puddles or on ice/snow this can cause you to lose traction because the front wheels are no longer pulling the car, but rather acting as anchors due to all the wheight being up front.
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