Steering Problem - Avalon

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Old 27 Sep 2003, 08:18 pm   #1 (permalink)
George Wilson
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I recently posted a Q re a slight left drifting problem I'm having with a
new Avalon and received a number of good and sincere responses. When I made
that post I was not aware of this Camry list and since a Camry & Avalon as
so closely related, maybe I should ask here also. I apologize to those who
read both lists.

My 2003 Avalon - my first Toyota ever - has a slight drift to the left that
is not evident except at highway speeds. It has been realigned at the
dealership several times and I am told it is "within factory specs."
However, on a 4-lane road and in the left lane, the car wants to drift to
the left. At 60+ MPH it would hit the left ditch in about 200-300 ft if
turned loose. However, when in the right lane it tracks basically straight.
I have alternated the 2 front tires but no change noticed.

Is this a characteristic of a Camry/Avalon that has been experienced by
others?

Thanks to those who replied on the alt.autos.toyota list and certainly you
need not repeat your response here.

George



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Old 27 Sep 2003, 11:33 pm   #2 (permalink)
mark Ransley
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No its not normal of any car. Make the ass dealer or toy rep , ( Yes
there is one ) ride the car , with you in it...Dont leave it overnighht,
and dont leave it with them ,,,, It will be a battle for you

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Old 28 Sep 2003, 01:48 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"George Wilson" <gwilson4@triad.rr.com> wrote in message
news:AFqdb.911$5r1.771@twister.southeast.rr.com...
> I recently posted a Q re a slight left drifting problem I'm having with a
> new Avalon and received a number of good and sincere responses. When I

made
> that post I was not aware of this Camry list and since a Camry & Avalon as
> so closely related, maybe I should ask here also. I apologize to those

who
> read both lists.
>
> My 2003 Avalon - my first Toyota ever - has a slight drift to the left

that
> is not evident except at highway speeds. It has been realigned at the
> dealership several times and I am told it is "within factory specs."
> However, on a 4-lane road and in the left lane, the car wants to drift to
> the left. At 60+ MPH it would hit the left ditch in about 200-300 ft if
> turned loose. However, when in the right lane it tracks basically

straight.
> I have alternated the 2 front tires but no change noticed.
>
> Is this a characteristic of a Camry/Avalon that has been experienced by
> others?
>
> Thanks to those who replied on the alt.autos.toyota list and certainly you
> need not repeat your response here.
>
> George
>
>

If a vehicle is aligned properly it will pull slightly left when on a level
surface. This is because most roads are crowned on the left side so the
alignment will assist with the vehicle running straight.
If it pulls hard, which it sounds like yours isn't, or pulls right on level
ground it's not aligned correctly.

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Hope This Helps,
davidj92


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