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#402 of 2710 2001 Nissan Ultima pulls to the right
Oct 31, 2002 (4:53 am)
Greetings, I am considering purchasing a 01' Altima GXE LE. I drove it last night and it pulls to the right a lot. The owner just had 4 new tires installed and the alignment was checked. He told me that Nissan's are known for their "pulling to the right". I do understand that some cars have torque steer that will pull them to the right, but it was doing it when I was just cruising along. Does this sound like something is wrong or is this true of Nissan's? Or did the alignment guy screw up?
Oct 31, 2002 (8:00 am)
Guess you have seen my post about strange noise from the alternator after the car is turned off. I have a 2003 Altima, 2.5S. The alternator runs for about five seconds after the engine is turned off. Just wanted you to know alternators have been a problem in Max's, now engine compartment fires are being investigated in 2002 Altimas. NHTSA Action # PE02078. The investigation began October 18th. Don't know if this is related to alternator or not.
#404 of 2710 Pulling To The Right
Oct 31, 2002 (8:56 am)
Our '01 GXE Ltd. Ed. did the same thing after an alignment and 4 new tires. The mechanic got under the front end and adjusted something a few times until the wheel was straight and the pulling was gone. Must of worked because the tires are wearing evenly all around and the car goes straight with the wheel centered.
I drove him crazy with this as with each small correction, I had to drive the car and then have him adjust what he did a little more. It eventually worked after the third correction.
Good luck and let me know how it turns out. Nice car, by the way. The wife really loves her Alty!
#405 of 2710 pulling to the right
Nov 02, 2002 (9:15 am)
I have a 98 altima, which is in same the generation as the 91 your test drove. My car's steering wheel was straight since day one and hadn't needed any adjustment until an accident last weekend. Pulling to the right a lot definitely is not torque steering. The aligment probably was not done correctly.
#406 of 2710 re: note 202
Nov 03, 2002 (1:48 pm)
Piecekeeper, Is this NHTSA Action # PE02078 for the 2.5 liter only or is also for the 3.5's?
#407 of 2710 3.5 v6 tough on front tires
Nov 05, 2002 (7:43 pm)
Has anybody that has the 2002 3.5 Altima with the 17 low profile tires had any problems with front tire wear?I'm going on 11,000 miles and I'll be putting my 3rd set of front tires on.At $165.99 a tire,this isn't to affordable.Please respond.Of all the people I've talked to,I have yet to hear 2 people with the same theory as to why the tires are wearing so fast.The one that seems to make the most sense is to rotate and align the car more often.
#408 of 2710 Are you getting outer edge wear,
Nov 05, 2002 (7:59 pm)
or overall wear?
If it's overall wear, rotate more frequently or keep your foot out of it. I like putting my foot into, so I have to pay the price.
If it's an alignment issue, I would definitely take it to the dealer - you're still under the 12 month/12,000 mile "adjustment period" and they need to look at a possible alignment problem.
#409 of 2710 3.5 v6 tough on front tires
Nov 06, 2002 (4:44 pm)
In response to zueslewis,the tires are wearing evenly overall,just wearing fast.I don't know if it's an alignment issue or not,I've had it lined up once by the dealer and twice by Firestone.I'm getting two new tires on Friday and I'm going to try lining it up and rotating the tires about every 2,000-3,000 miles.If this doesn't work,I'll probably just end up getting rid of the car.
#410 of 2710 Wait a minute -
Nov 06, 2002 (4:52 pm)
I don't mean to oversimplify this, but if you're getting even wear, and with a high performance tire, you aren't rotating more frequently (a must with lower treadwear ratings), the car isn't at fault.
Take your foot out of the firewall, rotate your tires at every oil change and enjoy your car.
Also, OEM tires suck.
Check the Tire Rack for tires that fit your car, but have a much higher treadwear rating. Let me know what size you have and I'll be glad to make a suggestion (several years in the high performance tire business, plus racing experience - I know what lasts and what doesn't).
#411 of 2710 Altima tires
Nov 07, 2002 (5:33 pm)
The tires that came with the vehicle are Firestone Turanzas / P215/55R17.The treadwear rating is 300.According to all the tire dealers I've talked to,the only other choice in the same size is a Goodyear tire.What do you suggest?