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Car pulls left after tire rotation

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Mar 5, 2015, 10:41 AM

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Hello, and thanks in advance for the help!

I have a 2005 Toyota Camry, and about two weeks ago I went in for the 75k mile oil change and scheduled maintenance, which includes a tire rotation. The shop said the front two tires were too worn to be rotated to the back and needed to be replaced soon. So about a week ago I purchased two new tires and had them mounted in back with the two back tires moved to the front (and the worn front tires discarded).

Since this was done, the car has been noticeably pulling to the left (which definitely was not the case prior to the tire installation/rotation). We took the car back into the auto shop where the tires were installed and they ran some sort of suspension diagnosis test (image of results below) and recommended either new struts or a cam kit but we decided not to get it fixed with them (they've tried to upsell us before and we suspect it may be happening again).

My question is, is there an alternative cause to this? I find it strange that there was no evidence of pulling prior to the tire install/rotation and am hoping there is a cheaper solution to this problem.

Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 5, 2015, 11:17 AM

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Re: Car pulls left after tire rotation Sign In

All matters with alignments and if any pulling either way.

1. All tires must be evenly worn and good + @ correct pressure.
2. All suspension and steering parts correct and good including vehicle height
3. Load in vehicle needs to be reasonable as well. IE, a trunk full of bricks, uneven load not part of the car etc.
4. Tires are NOT even now which will throw off or make difficult depending on their wear getting specs in range and must have been either neglected or not rotated enough if you only HAD to have two as you should except for bad luck of damaging one or more wear out tires evenly.

* The existing wear even if legal safe tires now on front but used may be a large part of the problem as tires wear into the conditions of use along the way also and just late rotation with normal wearing can cause car to pull.

I'm not convinced you can get accurate readings or results with worn tires and two new and some adjustments to cover a problem can't be done on some models.

You can cover "pull" for say a heavy person routinely driving alone or common highly crested roads if the norm most of the time and some tire wear with caster and camber adjustments a bit.

For now without more info I think the used tires now on front are throwing it off and still might need the cam (camber) kit.

Hard to say when a tech there making observations with two new and two used tires how far off just tires are to get it in spec for the printout you showed?

Does the car even sit level on perfectly level surface?

You said you've been "upsold" before at this place - not sure what you were talked into buying but if not happy why are you going back there?

Guess I'm being a fuss budget but don't trust perfect alignments with assorted worn tires + the two new even when all other parts are safe and right,


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