'94 Camry pulling to the right

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Old 24 Aug 2006, 02:37 pm   #1 (permalink)
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My '94 Camry recently started to pull hard to the right. I had it
aligned, and it still pulls. No accidents or other damage to explain
the change. Tires are not abnormally worn (yet). My question is
whether or not worn out struts can cause the drift. The vehicle has
195,000 miles on it and I think that it still has the factory struts.

Thanks for any insight that you can provide.

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Old 24 Aug 2006, 04:26 pm   #2 (permalink)
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dennis wrote:
> My '94 Camry recently started to pull hard to the right. I had it
> aligned, and it still pulls. No accidents or other damage to explain
> the change. Tires are not abnormally worn (yet). My question is
> whether or not worn out struts can cause the drift. The vehicle has
> 195,000 miles on it and I think that it still has the factory struts.


Your car is a mere puppy. I went through the same investigation. Get
it aligned (still pulls to the right). Swap front tires (now pulls to
the left). Replace front tires.

The steel cords in radial tires can be permanently deformed by hitting a
curb or pothole. Even a dynamic rebalance doesn't spot it sometimes.
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Old 24 Aug 2006, 11:21 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"dennis" <dmichum@gcid.net> wrote in message
news:1156448268.157152.220590@i3g2000cwc.googlegro ups.com...
> My '94 Camry recently started to pull hard to the right. I had it
> aligned, and it still pulls. No accidents or other damage to explain
> the change. Tires are not abnormally worn (yet). My question is
> whether or not worn out struts can cause the drift. The vehicle has
> 195,000 miles on it and I think that it still has the factory struts.
>
> Thanks for any insight that you can provide.


Umm, the first person I'd ask about this would be the mechanic who performed
the alignment. Nothing like getting bad news from the horse's mouth.
>



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Old 25 Aug 2006, 03:14 am   #4 (permalink)
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mack wrote:
> "dennis" <dmichum@gcid.net> wrote in message
> news:1156448268.157152.220590@i3g2000cwc.googlegro ups.com...
>> My '94 Camry recently started to pull hard to the right. I had it
>> aligned, and it still pulls. No accidents or other damage to explain
>> the change. Tires are not abnormally worn (yet). My question is
>> whether or not worn out struts can cause the drift. The vehicle has
>> 195,000 miles on it and I think that it still has the factory struts.
>>
>> Thanks for any insight that you can provide.

>
> Umm, the first person I'd ask about this would be the mechanic who performed
> the alignment. Nothing like getting bad news from the horse's mouth.
>
>

My 98 Camry pulled to the right, I switched tires front to back and it
now runs straight. I guess what I'm saying is it might be the tires or
a tire.
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Old 25 Aug 2006, 05:47 am   #5 (permalink)
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Hi,

Do check the lower ball-joints to be safe. These are an important link (no
pun).

They don't cause much trouble normally, but if a boot is split, and dirt
enters, a consequently worn joint can alter alignment on braking.

You can do this yourself with a crowbar (wrecking bar to you Yanks ;-])
following

http://www.turboninjas.com/camry/ma.pdf

and get peace of mind here

Geoff




"dennis" <dmichum@gcid.net> wrote in message
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> My '94 Camry recently started to pull hard to the right. I had it
> aligned, and it still pulls. No accidents or other damage to explain
> the change. Tires are not abnormally worn (yet). My question is
> whether or not worn out struts can cause the drift. The vehicle has
> 195,000 miles on it and I think that it still has the factory struts.
>
> Thanks for any insight that you can provide.
>



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Old 25 Aug 2006, 10:32 am   #6 (permalink)
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mack wrote:
> "dennis" <dmichum@gcid.net> wrote in message
> news:1156448268.157152.220590@i3g2000cwc.googlegro ups.com...
> > My '94 Camry recently started to pull hard to the right. I had it
> > aligned, and it still pulls. No accidents or other damage to explain
> > the change. Tires are not abnormally worn (yet). My question is
> > whether or not worn out struts can cause the drift. The vehicle has
> > 195,000 miles on it and I think that it still has the factory struts.
> >
> > Thanks for any insight that you can provide.

>
> Umm, the first person I'd ask about this would be the mechanic who performed
> the alignment. Nothing like getting bad news from the horse's mouth.
> >



That reminds me - my '96 camry (137k miles) pulls to one side (I don't
remember if it's left or right - the steering wheel is not perfectly
straight as I drive straight). I didn't take a protractor to measure
the angle the steering wheel is at, but it's a slight angle - maybe 5
or 10 degrees. (web protractor:
http://www.chicos.caltech.edu/classr...protractor.gif )

When I had an alignment check done at Firestone (which the car passed,
no adjustment required), I asked the mechanic about this, and he said
something about the differential being old. Could be fixed at a cost
of (insert outrageous amount here). I said no, thanks, I'll just live
with it.

Thoughts...?

Thanks,

Michael

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Old 25 Aug 2006, 01:43 pm   #7 (permalink)
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It can also be dragging brakes, worn struts, tires (much less likely if
well maintained) or other suspension components.

If you raise the car do you see the struts leaking? Are the ride
heights at all corners the same (or within 1/4")? Are the calipers and
pads sliding free? Dragging brakes can be hard to diagnose. Isolate the
problem before replacing parts.

If the problem points to struts, I'd recommend using a complete
assembly, like the Monroe Ready-Strut. Assemblies like these include
all new components: struts, springs, rubber seats, strut mounts,
bearings, boots, bumpers. The draw back is Ready-Strut comes only with
SensaTrac but some people like the SensaTracs. They are easier to
install. I personally prefer the Gabriel Ultras or the Monroe Reflex,
but not their SensaTrac, which is being phased out as Reflex ramps up
production.

www.monroe.com
www.gabriel.com (check out their G-force Video)


dennis wrote:
> My '94 Camry recently started to pull hard to the right. I had it
> aligned, and it still pulls. No accidents or other damage to explain
> the change. Tires are not abnormally worn (yet). My question is
> whether or not worn out struts can cause the drift. The vehicle has
> 195,000 miles on it and I think that it still has the factory struts.
>
> Thanks for any insight that you can provide.


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