Steering Wheel Pulls to Right

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Old 08 Dec 2008, 06:35 am   #1 (permalink)
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Hello



The steering wheel pulls to the right on my car.



If I hold the steering wheel centered the car will drive straight.



If I let go of the steering wheel at high or low speeds the steering wheel
turns a bit to the right, and stays there, this is it's natural position.



I've had the car aligned and then the alignment rechecked and the problem
still exists.



I guess its time to check the front suspension? Control arms? Bushings?
Brake caliper?



Any ideas?



The car is a 1990 Lexus ES 250, basically a Toyota Camry


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Old 08 Dec 2008, 07:36 am   #2 (permalink)
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"Tube Audio" <tubeaudio@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
news:Vv8%k.2437$jZ1.2267@flpi144.ffdc.sbc.com...
> Hello
>
>
>
> The steering wheel pulls to the right on my car.
>
>
>
> If I hold the steering wheel centered the car will drive straight.
>
>
>
> If I let go of the steering wheel at high or low speeds the steering wheel
> turns a bit to the right, and stays there, this is it's natural position.
>
>
>
> I've had the car aligned and then the alignment rechecked and the problem
> still exists.
>
>
>
> I guess its time to check the front suspension? Control arms? Bushings?
> Brake caliper?
>
>
>
> Any ideas?
>
>
>
> The car is a 1990 Lexus ES 250, basically a Toyota Camry


Had that problem on a car once-was a tire out of round-had to get a new tire
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Old 08 Dec 2008, 07:56 am   #3 (permalink)
Mike Romain
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I see that happen on lots of cars on our local roads. They make the
roads with a crown in the middle so water drains to the side. This
driving 'on the side of a hill' has the effect to make most cars want to
pull to the right slightly.

Just a thought for you.

Mike
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'New' frame in the works for '08. Some Canadian Bush Trip and Build
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Tube Audio wrote:
> Hello
>
>
>
> The steering wheel pulls to the right on my car.
>
>
>
> If I hold the steering wheel centered the car will drive straight.
>
>
>
> If I let go of the steering wheel at high or low speeds the steering wheel
> turns a bit to the right, and stays there, this is it's natural position.
>
>
>
> I've had the car aligned and then the alignment rechecked and the problem
> still exists.
>
>
>
> I guess its time to check the front suspension? Control arms? Bushings?
> Brake caliper?
>
>
>
> Any ideas?
>
>
>
> The car is a 1990 Lexus ES 250, basically a Toyota Camry
>
>

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Old 08 Dec 2008, 07:59 am   #4 (permalink)
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"Tube Audio" <tubeaudio@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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> Hello
> The steering wheel pulls to the right on my car.
> If I hold the steering wheel centered the car will drive straight.
> If I let go of the steering wheel at high or low speeds the steering wheel
> turns a bit to the right, and stays there, this is it's natural position.
> I've had the car aligned and then the alignment rechecked and the problem
> still exists.
> I guess its time to check the front suspension? Control arms? Bushings?
> Brake caliper?
>
> Any ideas?
>
> The car is a 1990 Lexus ES 250, basically a Toyota Camry



Did you tell the mechanic to align the car, or did you tell them it pulled
to the right? There's a fine line of difference here...


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Old 08 Dec 2008, 08:08 am   #5 (permalink)
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Tube Audio wrote:

>Hello
>
>
>
>The steering wheel pulls to the right on my car.
>
>
>
>If I hold the steering wheel centered the car will drive straight.
>
>
>
>If I let go of the steering wheel at high or low speeds the steering
>wheel turns a bit to the right, and stays there, this is it's natural
>position.
>
>
>
>I've had the car aligned and then the alignment rechecked and the
>problem still exists.
>
>
>
>I guess its time to check the front suspension? Control arms?
>Bushings? Brake caliper?
>
>
>
>Any ideas?
>
>
>
>The car is a 1990 Lexus ES 250, basically a Toyota Camry


There is a phenomenon known as "radial pull". Switch your front tires
around and see if the pull shifts to the other side. At least then you
will know your car is fine.
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Old 08 Dec 2008, 08:22 am   #6 (permalink)
Scott Dorsey
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>I've had the car aligned and then the alignment rechecked and the problem
>still exists.


Go to a real alignment shop. Not a tire store with kids who know how to
put the car on the rack, press a button, and do what the computer tells them
to do, but a shop where people actually know how to do alignment by hand.
They will find it.

Odds are your wheel just wasn't centered properly when they did the first
alignment, but you never know until you look underneath.
--scott

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Old 08 Dec 2008, 09:33 am   #7 (permalink)
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On Mon, 8 Dec 2008 14:08:09 +0000 (UTC), "badgolferman"
<REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com> wrote:

>Tube Audio wrote:
>
>>Hello
>>
>>
>>
>>The steering wheel pulls to the right on my car.
>>
>>
>>
>>If I hold the steering wheel centered the car will drive straight.
>>
>>
>>
>>If I let go of the steering wheel at high or low speeds the steering
>>wheel turns a bit to the right, and stays there, this is it's natural
>>position.
>>
>>
>>
>>I've had the car aligned and then the alignment rechecked and the
>>problem still exists.
>>
>>
>>
>>I guess its time to check the front suspension? Control arms?
>>Bushings? Brake caliper?
>>
>>
>>
>>Any ideas?
>>
>>
>>
>>The car is a 1990 Lexus ES 250, basically a Toyota Camry

>
>There is a phenomenon known as "radial pull". Switch your front tires
>around and see if the pull shifts to the other side. At least then you
>will know your car is fine.


Howdy,

I would suggest that the (wise) test you offer would not
tell the OP that the "car is fine" if the pull shifts.

It would show that the tires were not fine, but there may
well still be other problems.

All the best,
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Kenneth

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Old 08 Dec 2008, 09:52 am   #8 (permalink)
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On Dec 8, 6:35*am, "Tube Audio" <tubeau...@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Hello
>
> The steering wheel pulls to the right on my car.
>
> If I hold the steering wheel centered the car will drive straight.
>
> If I let go of the steering wheel at high or low speeds the steering wheel
> turns a bit to the right, and stays there, this is it's natural position.
>
> I've had the car aligned and then the alignment rechecked and the problem
> still exists.
>
> I guess its time to check the front suspension? *Control arms? *Bushings?
> Brake caliper?
>
> Any ideas?
>
> The car is a 1990 Lexus ES 250, basically a Toyota Camry


Try a level parking lot before going further.
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Old 08 Dec 2008, 10:42 am   #9 (permalink)
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On Dec 8, 6:08*am, "badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolfer...@gmail.com>
wrote:
> Tube Audio wrote:
> >Hello

>
> >The steering wheel pulls to the right on my car.

>
> >If I hold the steering wheel centered the car will drive straight.

>
> >If I let go of the steering wheel at high or low speeds the steering
> >wheel turns a bit to the right, and stays there, this is it's natural
> >position.

>
> >I've had the car aligned and then the alignment rechecked and the
> >problem still exists.

>
> >I guess its time to check the front suspension? *Control arms?
> >Bushings? Brake caliper?

>
> >Any ideas?

>
> >The car is a 1990 Lexus ES 250, basically a Toyota Camry

>
> There is a phenomenon known as "radial pull". *Switch your front tires
> around and see if the pull shifts to the other side. *At least then you
> will know your car is fine.- Hide quoted text -
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> - Show quoted text -


Another force is the "Coriolis Force." It is difficult to detect
unless you can ship your vehicle to the other side of the
equator. If this force is the culprit then, on the other
side of the equator it would have a tendency to pull in
the opposite direction; in this instance, "left."


dennis
in nca
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Old 08 Dec 2008, 12:06 pm   #10 (permalink)
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rigger wrote:
> On Dec 8, 6:08 am, "badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolfer...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Tube Audio wrote:
>>> Hello
>>> The steering wheel pulls to the right on my car.
>>> If I hold the steering wheel centered the car will drive straight.
>>> If I let go of the steering wheel at high or low speeds the steering
>>> wheel turns a bit to the right, and stays there, this is it's natural
>>> position.
>>> I've had the car aligned and then the alignment rechecked and the
>>> problem still exists.
>>> I guess its time to check the front suspension? Control arms?
>>> Bushings? Brake caliper?
>>> Any ideas?
>>> The car is a 1990 Lexus ES 250, basically a Toyota Camry

>> There is a phenomenon known as "radial pull". Switch your front tires
>> around and see if the pull shifts to the other side. At least then you
>> will know your car is fine.- Hide quoted text -
>>
>> - Show quoted text -

>
> Another force is the "Coriolis Force." It is difficult to detect
> unless you can ship your vehicle to the other side of the
> equator. If this force is the culprit then, on the other
> side of the equator it would have a tendency to pull in
> the opposite direction; in this instance, "left."
>
>
> dennis
> in nca

That's what it was with my car. I should have know when I found the
boomerang in the trunk. Easy fix, just leave the gas cap door open.

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