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Why is my 2019 Mazda BT-50 is losing traction?

Asked by Terry

My BT-50 is losing traction traveling in a straight line while going up a hill in the wet on a tar-sealed road. I bought the car new and the tyres have never been changed. What's the issue?

Answered by CarsGuide

15 Apr 2021 David Morley

If this is a new phenomenon, then it’s almost certainly down to the condition of your tyres. As tyres wear, they become less able to clear the water between themselves and the road surface, allowing the car to almost 'float' over the bitumen, leading to the loss of traction you’re experiencing. But even a tyre that is simply old (as opposed to worn out) can cause the same problem as the rubber hardens and loses its ability to grip the road. This will also be most noticeable in wet conditions, which is when you’ve experienced it.

Another possibility is that the car has sprung an oil or coolant leak which is spraying from the engine bay, under the car and on to the rear tyres, causing them to slip. But that’s a lot more of a long shot and a close inspection of the tyres would be the first step to curing what is a potentially very dangerous situation.

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