Loose rear end? Broke something?

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Maintenance' started by m4ximusprim3, May 6, 2015.

  1. m4ximusprim3

    m4ximusprim3 Member

    So I was driving "spiritedly" on the way home today and stuck the back end out farther than I should have. Didn't hit anything but did get a pretty wicked whip collecting it back up.

    Chastened, I turned off sport mode and decided to dive like a normie for the rest of the way home. Immediately around the next bend, it feels like I'm getting more body roll than usual and the back end feels "loose" for lack of a better term. Usually the car feels tight as a drum, but it felt like the back end was lagging behind the front when I turned in.

    Now, I could just be over-sensitive after my incident, but is there anything I should look for to make sure my sideways adventure hasn't tweaked anything?

    PS: I live on a nigh-deserted rural road where we never get cyclists and rarely other cars, so spirited driving is low risk. I do not advocate and/or personally drive like a hooligan in populated areas.
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  3. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Tires and everything looks normal ?
  4. m4ximusprim3

    m4ximusprim3 Member

    yeah, that was my first thought- i checked all the pressures and everything looks normal. I was worried that I rolled a sidewall or something but no damage to the tire or rim that I could see.

    The more I think about it, the more I think i'm proabably just being paraniod. I'll give it a good flogging tomorrow and see what it feels like after a good night's sleep.
  5. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Start off easy at first and see how it goes
  6. m4ximusprim3

    m4ximusprim3 Member

    So I'm now 80% convinced I was just paranoid. It's raining this AM so I couldn't really drive too hard, but aside from some extra understeer from wet pavement, it seems fine.
  7. I have (while straightening a very closely spaced left right S bend) noticed something similar. Almost as if the rear bound up a bit and suddenly unloaded. I have attributed it to the rear bushings not keeping up with the large load reversals imposed on them by that particular corner.
  8. m4ximusprim3

    m4ximusprim3 Member

    I think in general the rear end feels like quite a bit more active than my previous hatchback (golf). In that car it pretty much just felt like the back followed the front, while in this one if you get off the go pedal mid turn, it really likes to rotate.

    Not a bad thing, just different. Sort of fun, if you don't overdo it like I did.
  9. Matt_FiST

    Matt_FiST New Member

    It is an Electronic Stability Control button, that changes the driver setting between Normie, Spirited, and Are You Crazy! mode. Lol
    Could it be the ESC braking a rear wheel?
  10. Ca5p3r

    Ca5p3r Member

    With the FiST, it'll give you throttle lift over-steer. It is kinda funny. Front wheel drive with some rear wheel tendencies. Or maybe it doesnt... The only rear wheel that i've driven is a 1990 ford ranger and my dad's f-150.

    The esc keeps the rear end more in line with the front.
  11. m4ximusprim3

    m4ximusprim3 Member

    That's what got me so wierded out- i was driving in full hooligan mode when "the incident" occurred. I tossed it back in full esc mode and it seemed like it was still really tail happy. Overall I've driven it for a week and I don't think anything is awry though, so chalk it up to nerves after having a teachable moment.
  12. Matt_FiST

    Matt_FiST New Member

    Happened to me when I saw a stang in a round-a-bout. Let off mid turn, commenced rotation. Stang noticed.
    New Falcon tires, and I immediately noticed how much harder the tread was than the Bridgestones. I could feel how smooth the road surface was.

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