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Old 13 Aug 2003, 12:34 am   #1 (permalink)
Jodi
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Default 2003 Camry drifts

I just bought a 2003 Camry and found that it drifted to the left. I
took it in to be serviced at the dealer and they said they adjusted
the alignment. But as soon as I left the dealer I found that it still
tended to drift left. I took it in again and this time the service
manager said that the alignment was fine but that the 2003 Camrys tend
to drift to the left after about 100 to 150 feet. Could this be true?
Has anyone else noticed if their 2003 Camrys drift to the left? It's
not really that noticable but there is a definite drift to the left
after about 50 feet. Thanks
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Old 13 Aug 2003, 04:27 am   #2 (permalink)
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Jodi,

Go to Google, type "camry drift left group:alt.autos.toyota.camry" in the
search box, and read some of the threads. You might find it helpful.

Steve


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Old 13 Aug 2003, 10:50 am   #3 (permalink)
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Some roads have a slant to them for drainage of water. On the 400 series of
highways in Toronto, some roads have a noticeable slant and my Camry, Buick
and other cars I have driven (Jaguar X Type, Mercedes Benz, Volvo, etc.) all
tend to follow the slope. It is not a alignment problem but the design of
the road. On the 400 series and other roads where the slope is less
substantial, the vehicles track perfectly straight.

"Alan" <alan@erols.com> wrote in message
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> Well, my 99 drifts to the left, but only on the New York State Thruway,

and
> it doesn't matter what lane I'm in. I am not kidding. Other highways are
> fine.
>
>
> "Jodi" <Jodi@komesu.com> wrote in message
> news:bda78e47.0308122134.2116856d@posting.google.c om...
> > I just bought a 2003 Camry and found that it drifted to the left. I
> > took it in to be serviced at the dealer and they said they adjusted
> > the alignment. But as soon as I left the dealer I found that it still
> > tended to drift left. I took it in again and this time the service
> > manager said that the alignment was fine but that the 2003 Camrys tend
> > to drift to the left after about 100 to 150 feet. Could this be true?
> > Has anyone else noticed if their 2003 Camrys drift to the left? It's
> > not really that noticable but there is a definite drift to the left
> > after about 50 feet. Thanks

>
>



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Old 13 Aug 2003, 04:05 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Have them move tires side to side. If it drifts to right after that
tell them you need new tires.


"Jodi" <Jodi@komesu.com> wrote in message
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> I just bought a 2003 Camry and found that it drifted to the left. I
> took it in to be serviced at the dealer and they said they adjusted
> the alignment. But as soon as I left the dealer I found that it

still
> tended to drift left. I took it in again and this time the service
> manager said that the alignment was fine but that the 2003 Camrys

tend
> to drift to the left after about 100 to 150 feet. Could this be

true?
> Has anyone else noticed if their 2003 Camrys drift to the left? It's
> not really that noticable but there is a definite drift to the left
> after about 50 feet. Thanks



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Old 13 Aug 2003, 04:35 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Art Begun <begunaREMOVESPAM@mindspring.com> wrote:
: Have them move tires side to side. If it drifts to right after that
: tell them you need new tires.

I thought you're supposed to move radials from front to back. Side to side
changes direction of rotation which I believe is a no-no for radials.

b.
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Old 13 Aug 2003, 05:03 pm   #6 (permalink)
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barry@psyber.com wrote:
> Art Begun <begunaREMOVESPAM@mindspring.com> wrote:
>> Have them move tires side to side. If it drifts to right after
>> that tell them you need new tires.

>
> I thought you're supposed to move radials from front to back.
> Side to side changes direction of rotation which I believe is a
> no-no for radials.
>
> b.


With my Corolla, two tire books (Goodyear and Firestone) were
included. BOTH front-to-rear same side AND front-back-cross to
front-back rotation patterns were shown. Go figgure.
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Old 13 Aug 2003, 08:59 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Jodi;

Yes! I noticed the same. I bought a new 2002 Camry SE V6. I did
notice the same minute drift to the left, and of course the dealer
dismissed it as NOT THERE. In any case I didn't care much for it,
living with it, and can hardly notice it.

There is a Toyota Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) that addresses it:
http://www.alldata.com/TSB/59/025967A8.html
look for TSB Number ST005R-01

I don't know what the fix is exactly, but you should contact your
dealer and ask for the above TSB number, if they deny it, just call
Toyota, open a new case file, get the case ID, and have them call the
dealer. It should not be a big deal especially that your car is under
warranty.

--Ibrahim


Jodi@komesu.com (Jodi) wrote in message news:<bda78e47.0308122134.2116856d@posting.google. com>...
> I just bought a 2003 Camry and found that it drifted to the left. I
> took it in to be serviced at the dealer and they said they adjusted
> the alignment. But as soon as I left the dealer I found that it still
> tended to drift left. I took it in again and this time the service
> manager said that the alignment was fine but that the 2003 Camrys tend
> to drift to the left after about 100 to 150 feet. Could this be true?
> Has anyone else noticed if their 2003 Camrys drift to the left? It's
> not really that noticable but there is a definite drift to the left
> after about 50 feet. Thanks

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Old 13 Aug 2003, 10:52 pm   #8 (permalink)
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This is a brand new car so tires shouldn't be set yet even if they are
suseptible to it. Purpose is to diagnose a problem and eliminate
tires as cause.


<barry@psyber.com> wrote in message
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> Art Begun <begunaREMOVESPAM@mindspring.com> wrote:
> : Have them move tires side to side. If it drifts to right after

that
> : tell them you need new tires.
>
> I thought you're supposed to move radials from front to back. Side

to side
> changes direction of rotation which I believe is a no-no for

radials.
>
> b.



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Old 13 Aug 2003, 10:54 pm   #9 (permalink)
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I read the TSB. Apparently the new Camry is extremely weight
sensitive so a passenger should always be in the car to balence the
weight of the driver or the drive should try to sit as close to the
console as possible if he is driving alone.

(Yes, I am kidding.)



"Ibrahim" <p_man101@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Jodi;
>
> Yes! I noticed the same. I bought a new 2002 Camry SE V6. I did
> notice the same minute drift to the left, and of course the dealer
> dismissed it as NOT THERE. In any case I didn't care much for it,
> living with it, and can hardly notice it.
>
> There is a Toyota Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) that addresses

it:
> http://www.alldata.com/TSB/59/025967A8.html
> look for TSB Number ST005R-01
>
> I don't know what the fix is exactly, but you should contact your
> dealer and ask for the above TSB number, if they deny it, just call
> Toyota, open a new case file, get the case ID, and have them call

the
> dealer. It should not be a big deal especially that your car is

under
> warranty.
>
> --Ibrahim
>
>
> Jodi@komesu.com (Jodi) wrote in message

news:<bda78e47.0308122134.2116856d@posting.google. com>...
> > I just bought a 2003 Camry and found that it drifted to the left.

I
> > took it in to be serviced at the dealer and they said they

adjusted
> > the alignment. But as soon as I left the dealer I found that it

still
> > tended to drift left. I took it in again and this time the service
> > manager said that the alignment was fine but that the 2003 Camrys

tend
> > to drift to the left after about 100 to 150 feet. Could this be

true?
> > Has anyone else noticed if their 2003 Camrys drift to the left?

It's
> > not really that noticable but there is a definite drift to the

left
> > after about 50 feet. Thanks



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Old 13 Aug 2003, 11:52 pm   #10 (permalink)
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Drive it on a smooth surface like a parking lot, and let it coast..
If it veers , its defective..........Acceleration is different its
torque pull. of Front Wheel Drive

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