Truck trying to spin out *a lot* on wet pavement..? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 7 Old 10-25-2015, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Truck trying to spin out *a lot* on wet pavement..?

Last January, I got a Toyota Tundra and I adore it.
For the most part, driving it feels very natural to me and I've had zero complaints.

Until now. We're heading into our first dry-to-wet weather transition and it seems as though dear Opal [my truck] very much disapproves of that transition.
I tried to drive to church this evening, but I didn't get more than a mile down the road before she lost traction once. Then it happened again, and again, and again while I was braking. I decided that going on the freeway in torrential rain was possibly a death wish, so I came back home.

My dad and I took her out later to make sure it was simply an issue of pavements that are slick after a very dry summer, and it became clear that that's what the issue is. Without intending to, he managed to fully spin her out once [thankfully he was able to quickly correct] and we lost traction in the back a couple of times after that.

I'm still pretty new to driving a truck [I drove a large van for years, but nothing as high off the ground/light in the back/etc as my Tundra] and I'm wondering if I'm missing something about how to drive in these sorts of conditions, or if there's some secret about compensating for the weather..

She does have "showy" tires on [flatter, I guess they're spendy road-racing type tires?] and I feel like that might be part of the issue. She came with those tires and they are/were in really good condition, so, thus far, there hasn't been a need to change them.
In a month, or so, I'm going to having snow tires put on her which, I'm guessing, should help [plus the fact that the roads will no longer be as slick with oil..].


Obviously people are still driving trucks when it's wet/slick out and people aren't constantly crashing their trucks, there must be a trick!

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-25-2015, 09:02 PM
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its no weight in the back end over the tires, I used to drive mustang gt and a trans am, which would on occasion have the rear end pass the front end, and I figured out you sometimes had to feather the throttle when starting/ stopping/ turning or the tires would break loose

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-25-2015, 09:21 PM
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Change the tires before you get yourself killed. Trucks are lighter in the back and if you don't have tires that are completely up to par they will do that. I had a little mazda rx8 (extremely heavy for a little sports car). I would drive those tires until there was almost no tread left, I can't do that with my truck. Which leads me to a question I have about truck tires so I'll start a thread. lol
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-25-2015, 09:25 PM
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I agree with new tires, the sooner the better! Also if you wont be driving too fast and roads are quite slick or its storming really bad...I sometimes just put my f150 in 4wd.
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I'd also put weight on the bed of the track right above the axel... Like sad bags or something long those lines
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-29-2015, 11:18 AM
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Welcome to the joys of driving a truck!

My husband's big Dodge 2500 Cummins turbo diesel had street tires on it until recently. Bad idea on a truck with that much torque! If the road was a wee bit wet and you barely pushed the accelerator, those back tires would spin like there was nothing under them. Not good on a truck that's over 18 feet long!

First thing, check the tread depth on your tires. If they're starting to wear too much, I'd replace them with a better-suited tire (street tires and trucks don't mix very well...too much torque and not enough weight over the drive axle). If they've got decent tread on them, I'd add the sand bag or some other weight like bekahragsdale suggested and see how that helps. If it doesn't help, you're going to have to replace your tires.

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I agree a big part of it is likely the type of tires on there. I have a Tundra also and still have the OEM tires which are near the end of their life (I expect to need to replace them in the first quarter of next year) and have had no problems at all with traction on pavement. Traction going up steep gravel roads while hauling a trailer... yes, some minor issues, but even that was minor.

Weighing down the back may help some (mine has a shell on it and is kind of like a mobile tack room sometimes ) but I think that won't fully resolve the issue.

Also, not sure if your truck is 4x4 or not (mine's not) but some advice that was passed on to me was to spend the extra money and pay extra attention to getting good, working tires since you don't have the 4x4 to fall back on!
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