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Old 11-08-2013, 01:56 PM   #1
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SOLVED: Easy Spin Out (Rain and Snow)

I acquired a low-mileage 2010 Ford Focus SEL Sedan this summer. It came stock with Kumho Solus all-season tires. The tread is not worn very much. On rainy days, I noticed that it would spin out very easy and I drive with a very light foot. Yesterday, we had a little bit of snow and I was spinning out many times. I almost didn't make an intersection in front of oncoming traffic. I had to let off of the gas pedal and crawl around the corner. Scary!

I've never experienced this before and it's not normal. Is this a problem with the brand of tires I have or is it something to do with the Traction Control? Should I get snow tires? What brand of tires would you guys recommend?


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Old 11-08-2013, 02:04 PM   #2
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Kumho tires are on the lower end of the spectrum. and IMO they just arnt that great. A good set of snow tires or all seasons is gonna solve your problem. I have snows on my 04 and have never had any issues in the snow, even when I had a good set of all seasons in the winter I didnt have any problems then either. And we get about double the snow here in Rochester than what you get in toronto!
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:08 PM   #3
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I thought so. What brand and model of tires do you use?
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I've liked my various kuhmos over the years and have been fine without trac/abs, but then again the last both me and my brother are both using are the ecsta 4x which are a bit higher upon the list than solus. As far as your problem goes, how many miles and age might reveal a little more, then get a measurement of your tread depth don't just eyeball it and say its good because its not bald. The ABS and trac should provide you with a little more stability but it wouldn't hurt to find an empty parking lot to test it out, I imagine a dash light would have popped up if they weren't functioning though.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:17 PM   #5
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Personally Michelin or BFGoodrich are the only tire brands Ill buy for performance or all season. My current snows are Pacemark (made by goodyear) from Sam's Club and they have been good but my last let was Michelin Ice-X and those were amazing but twice the price of the Pacemarks
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:27 PM   #6
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New Nokian Tires Installed

Just to give an update:

I phoned around and got a deal on Nokian WR G2 asymmetric all-weather (winter rated) tires. What a difference! The Nokians have amazing grip and rolling resistance. So far, I'm impressed. The Kuhmo Solus were about half worn but I tossed them. So that was the problem.

In case anyone is interested, here's some tests and reviews for the Nokians:

https://nokiantyres.studio.crasman.f.../nokian_wr_g2#

http://tires.about.com/od/Tire_Revie...ason-Tires.htm

http://www.snowtire.info/forum/viewtopic.php?t=440

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Old 11-14-2013, 06:33 PM   #7
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I had Pereilli Near Zero's on my old Stang and it handled snow pretty damn well especially for a light rear-end they have. They are not to expensive and last a good while, you won't be disappointed.
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Awesome choice Ryker. No more worries until its time to put all seasons on in spring
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Kumho tires are on the lower end of the spectrum. and IMO they just arnt that great. A good set of snow tires or all seasons is gonna solve your problem. I have snows on my 04 and have never had any issues in the snow, even when I had a good set of all seasons in the winter I didnt have any problems then either. And we get about double the snow here in Rochester than what you get in toronto!
I have used Kumho tires for years, to include the autobahn in Germany and laps on the Ring, never any issues.
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I have used Kumho tires for years, to include the autobahn in Germany and laps on the Ring, never any issues.
Just the model the OP had, my brother just put a fresh set of 4x on his Cooper S...he's been enjoying them thus far. No complaints in the light snow or rain he has seen yet. Good value performance tire, solid reviews too.
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