Questions tagged [handling]

Refers to a vehicle's ability to steer, the responsiveness thereof.

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Brake issues after little accident

My car is a brand new Volkswagen Golf (2019, 7 000 km), and is equipped (among other equipments) with Autohold, it is important for the rest of the story. This system, once the car is stopped, locks ...
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Can tire-road adhesion be measured?

Rolling tires have an adhesion budget which can be expended resisting forces such as acceleration, turning, and braking. Drivers allocate their adhesion as needed, and in the case of drifting, ...
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How would a car handle differently if it had independent brake controls, like a pedal bike?

Facts - Cars have one brake pedal. Bikes have two brake levers. So a cyclist can brake fully with the front or the rear, or some combination of both, or alternate between the brakes. If a car had ...
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What is unsprung weight and why minimize it?

I did not see any question directly about unsprung weight. What is unsprung weight? please give a detailed description of what accounts for unsprung weight and how it differs from sprung weight. ...
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Help with Alignment Numbers

I just took my car to get it aligned and all numbers came back within standards, at least according to sheet given to me at the facility, with the exception of one: Cross Camber. I will try to add all ...
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Why do vehicles handle better with heavy loads? [closed]

Inspired by comments here: I'm not the only one who has experienced an improvement in ride and road-feel with a heavily-laden vehicle. I'm recalling a long drive I made a decade ago in my otherwise ...
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Why does the engine have lesser pulling strength when the fuel in the tank is lesser?

I've noticed a difference that when the fuel in the tank is low, it takes a bit more time for the bike to accelerate to a higher speed than if the fuel tank is mid level or full. Same thing said by a ...
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How does mounting +1,+2 and +3 affect your vehicle? [duplicate]

The title is pretty self descriptive. It's common practice to equip your vehicle with bigger rims simply to achieve aesthetically pleasing looks. Although I'm against modifications exclusively for ...
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Why are shock absorbers in wishbone suspension systems mounted on the lower control arm?

Is there any particular reason (relating to the sprung mass) for having this kind of setup? I am yet to see a wishbone suspension with the shocks on the UCA.
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Effects of sway bar stiffness on rough, uneven roads

I just read a really nice write-up on sway bar physics. I also watched a video discussing suspension behavior on rough roads. Let's assume the following: A front-wheel drive vehicle being driven ...
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Possible causes for poor traction and handling

I have a 2001 Honda Prelude SH with about 180,000 miles on it. For the past 12-18 months, I've noticed consistent strange behavior: Very prone to skidding when braking on uneven roads. Much earlier ...
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Strange steering problem

I drive a 2001 Renault Clio 1.4 16v. It was bought second hand in 2006 and it came with aftermarket 14" rims. About a month ago I had to replace my tires, and the guy from the shop just happened to ...
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Yamaha fz700 handlebar bent

Bike got tipped over by a random person, handlebar got bent, and throttle is really hard to move now so I decided to try to take it out to see what I could do. Here is a picture of the bar: You can ...
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Wheel offset effect on performance

When it comes to upgrading wheels and tires, drivers tend to have two different goals in mind: Improving their vehicle's handling/performance Improving their vehicle's appearance A lower positive ...