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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:44 pm 
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Around Christmas time, I noticed that my car was pulling hard to the right. After some investigation, I am more confused now than before I started looking.
Wheel bearings have no play and seem fine.
Tire pressure is even all the way around.
Pulling does not increase or decrease when I apply brakes.
Pulling does not increase or decrease when I speed up, slow down or put in neutral while going down the road.
I jacked up each front wheel and put the car in gear and noticed that I have separations in both front tires, but I don't know if this could cause the pulling to the right, or if is a result of the pulling to the right due to an alignment problem.

I'm broke after getting Christmas paid for and am currently working two jobs to make ends meet, so I have little time or money to take it to an alignment shop.

Just looking for any advice anyone might have about what would cause this to happen all of a sudden. No, nobody has wrecked my car recently, and no, I haven't hit any large potholes, bumps or curbs.

Thanks for your help!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:23 pm 
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Tire issues can cause pulling. In my one experience with it, the tire didn't live long after it started the pull.

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Try a DIY alignment until you can have the pros do it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aw9ZIO0JFM

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:06 am 
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Based on the description, I'd say bad ball joint or tie rod end. jack the tire up, force it back and forth between 3 and 9 o'clock [tie rod end] or at the 4:30 (passenger side) / 7:30 (drivers side) [ball joint] with a helper to watch for wiggle in the [tie rod end] or [ball joint]. You should also feel any looseness as a clunk while your force it back and forth.

If everything in the front end checks out, swap tires to see if the pull changes at all.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:10 pm 
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Thanks Haro!
I always forget about Youtube!
There's some real garbage out there, but a few good ideas on adjusting toe-in/toe-out.

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