2002 Camry wanders (alignment?)

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Old 31 Jul 2003, 08:09 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2002 Camry wanders (alignment?)

I've seen several posts on this same topic and I'm becoming concerned.
My 2002 4cyl XLE has been aligned by the dealer twice, and it's still
not fixed. This second time seemed okay for the first couple miles,
but by the time I got home I found myself pulling on the wheel again
to keep it rolling straight. The printout said it was within spec
when I left, according to the mechanic.

The car has about 20k miles and the Michelin tires that came with it.
The problem is most noticable at highway speeds, where I have to keep
tension on the steering wheel to keep it from drifting left,
especially in the passing lane.

The service manager says "the least little bump can knock the
alignment out." I'm certain my driving isn't the cause. I drove an
Altima for years on the same roads and didn't need an alignment. I
really hate having to go back because the dealership is clear 'cross
town, and the conditions have to be right for it to occur
consistently. Our roads in town are so badly rutted from heavy
trucks, the car will follow the grooves and roll straight until you
find smooth, even pavement. Then it wants to go left again.

I don't really have any questions. I gleaned enough from the other
posts. One fellow's solution came from a tire replacement. One
needed a new steering system. I just wanted to speak up about my
problem. This seems to be a trend.

My VIN is a 4T.

-Cecil M.
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Old 31 Jul 2003, 09:26 pm   #2 (permalink)
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c3c wrote:
> I've seen several posts on this same topic and I'm becoming concerned.
> My 2002 4cyl XLE has been aligned by the dealer twice, and it's still
> not fixed. This second time seemed okay for the first couple miles,
> but by the time I got home I found myself pulling on the wheel again
> to keep it rolling straight. The printout said it was within spec
> when I left, according to the mechanic.
>
> The car has about 20k miles and the Michelin tires that came with it.
> The problem is most noticable at highway speeds, where I have to keep
> tension on the steering wheel to keep it from drifting left,
> especially in the passing lane.
>
> The service manager says "the least little bump can knock the
> alignment out." I'm certain my driving isn't the cause. I drove an
> Altima for years on the same roads and didn't need an alignment. I
> really hate having to go back because the dealership is clear 'cross
> town, and the conditions have to be right for it to occur
> consistently. Our roads in town are so badly rutted from heavy
> trucks, the car will follow the grooves and roll straight until you
> find smooth, even pavement. Then it wants to go left again.
>
> I don't really have any questions. I gleaned enough from the other
> posts. One fellow's solution came from a tire replacement. One
> needed a new steering system. I just wanted to speak up about my
> problem. This seems to be a trend.
>
> My VIN is a 4T.
>
> -Cecil M.


A bump doesnt knock it out, an open man hole or a ditch will. Tires is
probably the problem.

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Old 02 Aug 2003, 06:09 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2002 Camry wanders (alignment?)

You may have "radial wander." This is a condition that I have encountered
several times.

Simply switch the two front tires and see if it makes any difference.

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