Owned (nearly) by cheap tires... The Culprit:
I have 4 of these BF Goodrich tires on the Corolla. For a year or so, they were great, at least compared to the OEM tires. Right now though, I can’t leave a stoplight without spinning them. (This is not an engine issue – no Minister of Cool V-8, no turbo – less displacement than a bottle of mountain dew). There is 90% tread left, but no traction left. Seriously. Black ice. Water on black ice.
Last night, the kiddies and I went to dinner. I was in Need For Speed mode (surprise!) because nobody is out in town after 9 on a Thursday. I flew up the off ramp, one of the few places in town where the roads have curves you can use. At the top the light was green.
“Watch me drift this corner kiddies.” Except not. More like, "this is understeer, kids, when daddy smacks the front into the wall." Plus, I was sliding, because the tires had nothing. Fuckers.
My last winter in Denver, I did this in the Geo, thinking front wheel drive and ABS = Polaris snowmobile, and I could turn a snowy corner at speed. They didn’t; I couldn't. Fucking curb. Bent rim. Couldn't sell a dog avoidance explanation. (Why does that sound familiar?)
Last night, same lesson, except that insane braking eventually saved my ass. And my rims. Kiddies thought it was Cedar Point or something.