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#4 of 8 Try this solution
Jun 21, 2002 (3:12 pm)
Ask the dealer to swap the front tires and see what happens. Could be a tire out of round. This happened on my Corolla when I bought new tires and it solved the problem. Worth a shot...!
Jun 21, 2002 (3:36 pm)
I assume all the tire pressures are balanced. I agree with the others that you should find a top notch alignment shop and have it done there. Zueslewis is 100% correct about new cars needing alignment off the showroom floor; one of my closest friends worked at a well-known wheel & tire place in So Cal and people came in daily complaining about their alignment and tracking. It was amazing how many brand new cars needed adjustment.
I once had a Mustang that pulled to the left. Took it to a terrific shop who measured everything and said it was fine. But the tech drove it and sure enough, it pulled left. He loosened up all the front end components, respec'd them, tightened them, measured again, and did another road test. No more pulling to the left even though the measurements were identical. Weird. That's the "art" of alignment.
#6 of 8 You can have a tire with rolling resistance
Jun 22, 2002 (3:04 am)
On one of my trucks I have a tire that needs to stay on the left, otherwise it pulls me off the road to the right, but it has 50k miles on it already. If you have a new tire doing it, dealer should replace it. Try swapping the front tires like SANDMAN46 said, if the pull changes, then its a defective tire. Your car has less than 1000 miles on it too, suspensions will also loosen up over the first couple thousand miles and you should wait for that to happen and then get the alignment, do it too early and you may still need to do it again anyway.The car carrier trucks tie vehicles down very tight and sometimes damage vehicles suspensions during vehicle delivery.
#7 of 8 i had same problem
Jul 13, 2002 (10:02 am)
I have a 01 prizm that pulled to the left when new, after many failed attempts to get it fixed they found that I had a bad front left axle. If you hear any odd rotating sounds in the front when you are driving then that may be your problem
Jul 22, 2002 (9:49 am)
i tried taking it to a 2nd dealer, but they said i need the car to have 1000+ miles on it for break in.
weird that the 1st dealer only needed 500 miles for break in.
anyway, i'll keep you informed.