Pllllllzzzzz help, I need help with my tyres. I have had a mini before and the tyre grip was amazing but got a Cooper s now and the grip when cornering in the wet is awful , even a roundabout at 20mph, the car will slide on the front end and want to know a good set up to correct this , I have 205/45 R17 on the car , 2 pirreli pzero and 2 wanli tyres , I have swapped either about on each end but still same results, plz help
Hi, ive just taken off the Wanli tyres that the previous owner had put on and replaced with Vredeatein Quatrac all season tyres, these are non run flat tyres and have absolutely transformed the car, it is now sure footed and a lot more comfortable and have had no issues with loss of grip.
DO NOT mix and match tires run flat /non run flat and tires manufactures you need all 4 tires the same, or it will mess up the stability control which then will affect your handling. get some good quality tires all round and get the car 4 wheel aligned.
personally i do not like pirelli tires i have always found the grip poor in damp or the wet
you may also find that what you could do in your other mini you can't in the S you may have to tweak the way you drive it
If they've got decent tread depth they can still be crap if they've been on the car for years and gone hard and cracked.
I wouldn't get too hung up on mixing and matching brands provided you have a matching pair on the same axle. But if you are swapping them all out then this isn't a problem.
I've just fitted non run flat Hankooks all round, the difference is very noticeable, much more compliant ride. Though the ones on before were old and cracked so anything new would have been an improvement.
Throw the Wanlis in the bin. Cheap tyres are cheap for a reason. Autocar magazine did a comparison test of Chinese brands a few years ago. The wet grip offered fell well below that of a premium European tyre. And when do you need the grip most... Yes, in the wet.
All tyres homologated for figment to BMW/Mini have the star symbol on the outer sidewall. They're designed for the car.
As for Big Nige saying you can mix brands per axle. Don't, as you'll get an imbalance of available grip.
If you want to stay on the black stuff on a sweeping right hander in the wet, and not exit stage left into that big oak tree, then take a good hard think over your tyre choice.
I investigate fatal collisions, so I know what I'm talking about.
Beware - the EU wet tyre rating isonly for wet braking, not wet cornering, which was the OP's concern. For example, anyone who has driven on wet roads with winter tyres will know that they have spectacularly good wet braking but mediocre wet cornering, at best.
In general it pays to avoid getting 'specification-itis" where the quality of anything can be measured by one or two parameters, as that doesn't often say whether the item works well or not. Americans tend to focus about cornering g measured on a skid pan, which is a measure of ultimate grip and tells you nothing at all about handling. Ditto those folk who buy a camera with a high megapixel count that tells you nothing about the lens in front of it.
The AutoGuide.com network consists of the largest network of enthusiast-owned enthusiast-operated automotive communities.
AutoGuide.com provides the latest car reviews, auto show coverage, new car prices, and automotive news. The AutoGuide network operates more than 100 automotive forums where our users consult peers for shopping information and advice, and share opinions as a community.