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guitar548
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Dec 25, 2013, 5:46 PM

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Problem with Car Steering to the Right Sign In

Hi,

i have a toyota corolla 99 and it has problems with steering to right when I drive.

I had new tires put on it about 6 months ago along with new tie rods ends and wheel bearings on the front.

I also just had the car aligned and the mechanic said it is aligned and I can drive the car it drives straight if I hold the steering wheel straight however when I let go of the steering wheel the cars steers to the right. The mechanic rotated the tires and even check the tire pressure and is not sure what is causing the problem. Any ideas what could be causing the problem? I really don't want to sell the car because the mechanic can't find out what the problem is. Any suggestions would be helpful.

thanks
Evan


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Dec 25, 2013, 6:24 PM

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Did he give you a printout of the alignment settings?



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guitar548
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Dec 25, 2013, 6:50 PM

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yes they gave me a print out. Is there any info you need from the printout?

Thanks again


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Dec 25, 2013, 6:52 PM

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Yes, we need to see the whole printout. You can upload an image of it to Photobucket and they will supply a link to make it show up here.



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Dec 25, 2013, 7:07 PM

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Do you know if the vehicle has ever been in an accident which required steering or suspension part replacement?





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guitar548
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Dec 25, 2013, 7:50 PM

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On the vin number check there is no report of an accident. However when I bought the car a couple of years ago I had the fender replaced on the driver side because there was a dent in it.

Here is the images of the alignment

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guitar548
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Dec 25, 2013, 7:51 PM

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if those thumbnails don't work. Try this

http://s7.postimg.org/r9oash90b/alignment_part_1.jpg
http://s7.postimg.org/vhj318afv/alignment_part_2.jpg


guitar548
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Dec 25, 2013, 7:55 PM

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Another thing I forgot to mention. The struts were both replaced in the front of the car when I first bought it. Also the tie rods ends were changed too. I had the car for two years now. I don't know if that helps


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Dec 26, 2013, 3:34 AM

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I also just had the car aligned and the mechanic said it is aligned and I can drive the car


Well, he lied..........

According to that printout the left front wheel is way out. It probably isn't adjustable and something is bent but the camber reading has a split of 1.5 degrees between left and right and that's not acceptable. That will cause a pull all day long.

They make aftermarket kits that can be added to the wheel, designed to correct this situation

It won't effect the pulling as much but the left rear seems to have a problem too.



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guitar548
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Dec 26, 2013, 8:26 AM

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can you post me a link of where to buy this aftermarket kit? Should I take the car back to them and tell to them to fix the problem and give them the kit?

Thanks for your help


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Dec 26, 2013, 9:22 AM

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Well, if they didn't suggest it in the first place, then they likely either don't know how to do it of don't carry the kits.

http://www.spcalignment.com/...USAFrom&to=USATo



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guitar548
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Dec 26, 2013, 9:45 AM

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So do I only need one kit of these for one of the tires or two kits to have both front tires done?

If they don't know how to install them should I take the car somewhere else then take it back to them to realign it?


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Dec 26, 2013, 9:57 AM

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It comes 2 to a package but you only need to do one side.



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guitar548
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Dec 26, 2013, 10:37 AM

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Do you think I could do this myself? I just need to buy a camber gauge and then the alignment bolt kit? Or do I have to take the car back in after the bolt kit is installed?

Thanks again


guitar548
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Dec 26, 2013, 10:41 AM

Post #15 of 22 (1221 views)
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Just to make this would be driver side front wheel correct?


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Dec 26, 2013, 10:45 AM

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No, the alignment has to be done over again after it's installed so it's done when the alignment is being done.



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guitar548
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Dec 26, 2013, 11:04 AM

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I am going to talk to them about the alignment report. Since I am naive about this. What part do I point out to them that wasn't done correctly on the sheet so I don't look like a fool when I talk them? I want them to realign it for free after the bolt kit is installed.

What would be a fair price for them to install the bolt kit?

Thanks again


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Dec 26, 2013, 11:08 AM

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Camber reading on left front



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Dec 26, 2013, 12:05 PM

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Going to take a guess here, but the strut tower is leaning in on the driver's side. How bad was the dent on the driver's side fender. If it was bad enough, it could have pushed the strut tower in a little.



The driver's side camber is less than specs, the left SAI is greater than specs, and the included angle is just about right which point to a problem in the strut tower.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Dec 26, 2013, 12:09 PM)


guitar548
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Dec 26, 2013, 12:17 PM

Post #20 of 22 (1201 views)
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I think your guess might be right. That is why the car was sold cheap to me two years ago. Would buying the bolt kit fix the problem?

I found it on ebay at this link

link deleted ................ not allowed


With the degrees that is off on the camber for the left front tire would that fix it?

Thanks for your advice


(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Dec 26, 2013, 1:49 PM)


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Dec 26, 2013, 12:35 PM

Post #21 of 22 (1197 views)
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If you can get the camber into specs, it will probably fix your pull problem, but since the SAI and included angle will still be off, the scrub radius is affected. You probably won't see any issues besides a little loss in the feeling of the steering with the scrub radius being more negative.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Dec 26, 2013, 12:52 PM)


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Dec 26, 2013, 1:49 PM

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That doesn't even fit your car.



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