Pulls to the Right under Acceleration

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Old 09 Jul 2006, 09:38 pm   #1 (permalink)
Richard
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I have a '82 Camry with 206K miles on it. Been a good car except that
a couple of months ago it started pulling to the right a lot. I have
new tires, balanced and had the front end aligned and it still pulls to
the right. I normally do all my own mechanic work, but haven't done
any on this car, yet. A friend of mine said my problem might be a bent
tie rod. Does this sound plausible? Any ideas/help would be
appreciated.
Richard


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Old 10 Jul 2006, 08:54 am   #2 (permalink)
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Richard wrote:
> I have a '82 Camry with 206K miles on it. Been a good car except that
> a couple of months ago it started pulling to the right a lot. I have
> new tires, balanced and had the front end aligned and it still pulls to
> the right. I normally do all my own mechanic work, but haven't done
> any on this car, yet. A friend of mine said my problem might be a bent
> tie rod. Does this sound plausible? Any ideas/help would be
> appreciated.
> Richard

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A bent tie rod does not sound plausible if you had the alignment
checked.
The tie rods only "tie together" the steering rack to the wheels. There
is a threaded adjustment to set "toe in" so if that's already been
checked, you're OK there.
Pulling under acceleration suggests to me uneven power delivery, which
is provided by the axles.
Obviously, this is just guessing, but there is a "carrier bearing" on
the right drive axle. If that were binding at 206K miles, it would
reduce power delivery to the right, with the effect that you'd be
getting more power from the left, which would cause the car to "pull"
to the right. In other words, if anything were binding on the right
side, would be like applying the brakes on that one side only, which
would cause the car to move in that direction.
Axle replacement isn't difficult if you have the right tools, and know
the order of procedures.
Air gun of sufficient strength is very helpful.
But perhaps at this mileage you've replaced the axles recently?
Toyota now makes remanufactured axles, so for quality assurance I'd go
with those.
I don't know if you could detect any difference, but try lifting the
car, and turning the left and right front wheels by hand. Try to move
the axles up and down to see if there's any excess play. See if you
hear or feel any roughness or resistance.

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Old 10 Jul 2006, 07:21 pm   #3 (permalink)
Don Fearn
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Because "Richard" <rbokmar@ipinc.net> could, he/she/it opin'd:

>I have a '82 Camry with 206K miles on it. Been a good car except that
>a couple of months ago it started pulling to the right a lot. I have
>new tires, balanced and had the front end aligned and it still pulls to
>the right. I normally do all my own mechanic work, but haven't done
>any on this car, yet. A friend of mine said my problem might be a bent
>tie rod. Does this sound plausible? Any ideas/help would be
>appreciated.


Loose mount on the engine/transaxle?

Bent tie rods should show up during the alignment . . . if your
aligner is competent.

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Old 11 Jul 2006, 01:40 am   #4 (permalink)
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A broken belt in the tire does that, rotate your tires for a quick check

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Old 11 Jul 2006, 01:41 am   #5 (permalink)
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Have you checked the differential oil

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