Was it a full 4-wheel alignment ? The problem could be the alignment at the rear. Is the pull under acceleration or steady speed ? What about braking ?austin98 said:98 forester s, new to me. Pulls to the left and gets worse at higher speeds. Rotated tires, instaled new front axle/cv assemblies, just had it aligned and all checks out well. seems to have been in a minor bender. Any thoughts on what to check next??
Uneven tire height or higher positve caster on left side can do it too. Check the specs on the alignment sheet for caster. Just a thought.austin98 said:98 forester s, new to me. Pulls to the left and gets worse at higher speeds. Rotated tires, instaled new front axle/cv assemblies, just had it aligned and all checks out well. seems to have been in a minor bender. Any thoughts on what to check next??
dlroto said:do you have wheel lock on your vehicle, if so install them on the oppiside of where the air goes in to make it a little bit more balanced, probably won't work, but what have you got to lose???
Sooo, I'll elaborate. I bought a '97 Taurus from my father in law since my wife put our '95 Saturn into a concrete barrier on I-35 at about 50mph totaling it. She was fine btw. The Taurus had been in an accident very young, front end collision. It pulled to the left but not too bad. I had new tires put on it and had it alligned. It pulled to the left HARD after that. I took it back and had it looked at. They said the only way to fix it was to break the spot welds on the strut tower and re-weld it to adjust the camber....NOT. Good ridance to that car and I told my father in law he won't be selling me another :\N10S said:I think he was saying that he "just had it aligned and all checks out well" This would indicate the alignment was ok, but what is the tip-off that the car had been in a minor bender though? Anytime a car pulls like that you have to consider some kind of accident related damage to the frame or components to be the root cause....
But that still doesn't look right. Your caster is lower on the left at 1.6 versus 2.8 on the right side. Your car should be pulling a tad to the right instead of the left with those specs because the higher the positive caster the better the tire grips the road by increasing contact patch to the road.austin98 said:Ok Fellas, new news. First, I trusted the mechanic that did the alignment, heck I took it too him twice. tre36 sugested to look at the caster spec on the alignment............Ah ha! it is 1.6 degrees on the left and 2.8 on the right, normal range is 2.4-3.2 i believe. I think the mechanic did not adjust this because there was not a diagram on the print out sheet for the vehicle, it did show how to adjust tow and one other adjustment. I hope this adjustment will be the fix. Next........how do I find how to adjust the left caster. Thanks again.