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Hey everybody. As the title states I'm having problems with my cars alignment. It'll pull straight for ~2/10ths of a mile or so and then start to quickly drift to the right. I've taken it to the dealership 3 times and each time they have a different way (excuse) to charge me. First they said it was torque steer, but it happens all the time not just under acceleration. Second they said it was the slope of the road! If that were the case wouldn't it pull the whole way? Third they said that one of my tires had a busted cord that would cause it to drift and needed to get my front tires swapped. Well I had that done and it still pulls. Does any kind-hearted, well-informed person tell me what is the real reason? Could one messed up tire bolt cause the problem? Thanks in advance.
 

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Man, Iam having the same problem. I figured mine had 2 do with torque steer. I took it in 2 the dealership and it appeared to be fixed...but it wasn't. I then thought that maybe my right tire was low causing it 2 pull. I don't want 2 take it 2 the dealreship AGAIN and have them charge me 60-70 bucks so if someone can help me and this other guy, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT!!!

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it sounds like your toe is out......go to a specialist shop......look in your yellow pages for a front end alignment shop or any alignment shop.....they'll be able to fix your car for you the first time.......where do you live in PA?.....i have one of the best alignment shops around i could take you to......and excellent prices

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i had the same problem for maybe 15,000 miles until i finally bought new Ecstas. now my alignment couldn't be better. but the camber is another issue.

EDIT: i have my stock 17's with Eibach sportline lowering springs.
 

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first of all tires won't fix an alignment issue if it truely is an alignment problem.......second of all...........you don't have any camber issues......you might have 1 degree of negative camber at all 4 corners with the eibach springs.......when i had my sprints.....which have an even lower drop than the eibachs......i had 1.2 degrees of camber on all 4 wheels.......trust me......you don't have any camber issues......i run 2.25 degrees up front every day w/o any problems.....and i don't have the kickass flat pavements like you have in Florida

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had the same problem with my car it is a alignment issue. but can easily be fixed just jack the front end of ur car up and look at the 2 bolts in the rear of the engine cradle if it is loose it can cause ur car to pull a little just tighten up the bolts and get an alignment and u should be fine.
 

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what are you talking about? engine cradle? you mean the cross member? not sure why your cross member bolts would be loose but i can pretty much assure you it will have nothing to do with the car pulling......it was just in your head.......i'm sure his toe is out and just needs a good alignment shop to take care of it for him

the alignment shop i use is awesome......they do alignments for race cars as well as whatever custom specs you might want for your alignment

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Where ever you take it next time, tell them you want a print out of the specs before and after the alignment. The print out is not hard to read, and most places will go over them with you, if you find a decent shop, not looking to rip you off.
The key is how you approach the shop you go to, with the problem. Tell them plainly whats happening, and tell them what you have had done, and see what they think. :confused:

Tires can cause a pull. "Road crown", or the way the road is leaned for drainage can also cause more of a "drift over" rather than a pull. It is important to know the difference.
You need to find a decent shop to go to. And if you are not satisfied, get a second opinion. Most of the big name tire shops offer free alignment checks...but if you get one be sure they actually set your car up on the alignment machine, and not just check your tires for alignment wear.
You sound like the ideal canidate to be a tire shop customer. Dealership is probably screwing you somehow, try elsewhere. If you tell them your problems, they will more thaqn likely try to help you out, as long as you dont come off like a jerk or problematic customer.
Good luck. :cool:
 

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I have a plug in one of my passenger side tires. Whenever it gets low, the car starts to pull in that direction until I fill it back up again... :p
 

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Yeah take your car to a REAL alignment shop. Usually they will road test the car a couple of times to test for pull and give you a print out. Mine specializes in lifted trucks, but they do some race cars here and there.

I have had my car aligned to my specs at a dealer once after a repair and it turns out they were all wrong and I had to have it fixed.
 

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Thanks for all the respones guys!

Sunburst, I live in the philly burbs, close to King of Prussia. If thats close to you, I would appreciate it if you passed me the number of your shop. Thanks.
 

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give me a call......(610)613-3001....i work monday through friday until 4:30...give me a call anytime after that and we'll talk more

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P.S. KOP is rather close to me
 
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