lift off oversteer

Does your 480 have tracking-problems? Does your car pull to one side? Or is your steering wheel vibrating? Read the posts in this category to find out what's going on.

Moderators: jifflemon, coyote1980, Rachel

Post Reply
440turboNat
480 Newbie
Posts: 16
Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:05 pm
Location: Worcestershire

lift off oversteer

Post by 440turboNat » Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:24 pm

Hi all.
Need help with lift off oversteer on the daughters 440 turbo. it has had new rear shocks in the past 3 months but is still doing it, any ideas or suggestions as to what to try next please greatly received

jifflemon
480 Connoisseur
Posts: 827
Joined: Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:03 am

Re: lift off oversteer

Post by jifflemon » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:50 am

They were "sort of" designed to do it, but if the effect is way more pronounced than it should be, it could be that you've over compensated the rear;

So.... Look to the front. Shocks? Anti-roll bar drop links/bushes? Wishbones? All in good condition?

Tyre pressures all correct (not over inflated at the rear?)

440turboNat
480 Newbie
Posts: 16
Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:05 pm
Location: Worcestershire

Re: lift off oversteer

Post by 440turboNat » Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:44 am

i am thinking we have over inflated the rear tyres as you suggest, didnt realise they should be so low

100
480 Newbie
Posts: 36
Joined: Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:23 pm

Re: lift off oversteer

Post by 100 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:11 pm

Steer into it, power out and enjoy! :hopping:
1992 Volvo 480 ES Limited Edition
2005 Renault Clio V6 255
1962 Land Rover Series II

440turboNat
480 Newbie
Posts: 16
Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:05 pm
Location: Worcestershire

Re: lift off oversteer

Post by 440turboNat » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:48 am

its not me im worried about, its our daughters car and she has not been driving that long, she loves to put her foot down aswell which is why i asked if there are any fixes. will have to take her out more and teach her just so she knows what to do

dcwalker
Advanced 480 rookie
Posts: 566
Joined: Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:30 pm
Location: York

Re: lift off oversteer

Post by dcwalker » Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:56 am

Potent car for a new driver - funnily enough the 440 turbo came up very favourably and fondly remembered in a conversation I was having with two "older" Volvo master technicians at my local dealer just last week. I'd say your daughter is very lucky! :lol:

Can't add anything to what's been said here really; in many ways you are fighting against what the car was designed to do. Tyre pressures is definitely a good point though; it can make quite a difference on a 480 (I always run 32 front and 30 back, which is slightly up on stated figures but I find makes for the best handling - less feels a touch sluggish, more gets a touch hairy!).

I think your last post is spot on - don't try and change the car, teach your daughter how to be capable of safely getting out of it what it can surely offer.

Good luck!

David
Current: 1994 480 GT (plus 2004 C70 Collection, 2014 V60 SE Lux Nav)
Previous: Celebration masquerading as 346, Celebration 269 (sadly abandoned project), Celebration 73, 1992 ES, 1988 ES - and numerous other non-480 Volvos!

cranna21
Knows where Volvo is from
Posts: 153
Joined: Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:44 pm
Location: Aberdeenshire, Huntly

Re: lift off oversteer

Post by cranna21 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:30 pm

Something often overlooked is the age or indeed brand/ model of tyre - make sure they're not ancient and make sure its half decent quality matching rubber!
1991 white 480 ES bought with 39800 on the clock end of November 2013, My daily

Post Reply