2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Wheel Wobble
July 25, 2011
I was cruising along on the 101 this weekend after a sunny Malibu beach picnic when I noted that for perhaps the first time ever, I was doing freeway speeds on the 101 on a weekend. It was kind of shocking, actually. There was traffic, of course, but it was moving at or ever-so-slightly above the posted speed limit. It was the most refreshing thing since carmageddon cleared the streets of wussy drivers.
But then a Plymouth Neon decided that freeway speeds were as unacceptable as his lane choice so, without a blinker and with only one brake light, he quickly swerved into my lane and reduced his speed to less than 20 mph. Good times. The Mustang's got brakes so I didn't panic, I just pressed very, very firmly and very quickly while I reached my right hand down for the hazards. (Hitting the hazards when you're going to come to a random, pointless stop on a highway is a solid idea.) Just as I hit the button, and got deep into the pedal, the wheel started shaking and wobbling like I'd lost a tire.
Stopping distance wasn't a problem (as this post isn't about how I rear-ended a Plymouth) and sub-emergency braking is as good as ever, but this will be investigated.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 11,900 miles