Hey there, you may be able to tell by this thread that I am new to the community. Actually, the entire purpose that I have joined is due to an incident that occurred a little over 5 hours ago. This involved an inexperienced 16 year old driver(me), a car that I should not have(audi a4), wet roads, and my dumb ideas.
I turn around and press the ESP button on my dash which disables throttle control when the car is slipping. I continue to enter this left-curving 90 degree turn that’s rated for 20mph, at 35-40mph. As I first enter the turn I start to notice my tires slipping already, my front 2 are severely bald due to me cornering a lot in this car, and I decide to drift a little and give it a little more gas. It is then that I fishtail way more than expected and I am traveling much faster than I intended or was comfortable with. I am now across the median at a 45 degree angle to the straight road and the houses on the left side, heading towards someones yard. So instinctively I turn my wheel to the right to correct myself, foot off the gas, and I quickly slide from facing left to facing right and I completely spin 180 degrees facing oncoming traffic in the lane I was originally in. As I am sliding backwards towards a fence I slam the brakes and can feel the ABS going to town pulsing, saving my rear bumper. I stop no where near the fence, thank god for the amazing brakes on this car, and am in shock.
At a stop, my first thought is to get out of the area as the ear piercing screech of my tires most certainly alerted the entire neighborhood. I am still in sport and I light press down my pedal and my car doesn’t move, and my RPMs don’t move either. Confused I attempt to turn my wheel and it will not move. Completely freaked that I just somehow ruined my car, I put the car in park and turn it off. I step out of my car expecting to see my wheel turned sideways or something, I don’t know why I was thinking this but I was in a panic state of mind. My wheels are fine and I get back into the car and turn it on, put the car into D and I am perfectly able to drive away. Driving home going the exact speed limit I do not notice anything at all wrong with the car. The steering feels fine, my car has always pulled to the right very slightly and still does, and everything feels fine. I assume that the reason I couldn’t drive away immediately after I spun out or even turn the wheel was some sort of insane safety feature that those germans thought of.
Long story long, I am concerned that due to these events that I could have damaged the car. Any possible information that tells me what I could’ve damaged or what I should possible get checked out would be greatly appreciated.
And yes I will be getting new brakes after this as I already planned on it, and now I will definitely need them.