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May 04, 2008 (9:29 pm)
thank you for posting this. I own a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS, Rally Red and CVT transmission, Sun and Sound package. I love my Lancer GTS and I have heard of this pulling to the left problem on the '08 Lancer's. Mine has pulled some to the left, but, then sometimes the car will re-align itself and drive to the right for a bit and then straight ahead-no pulling whatsoever.
Well, on my last visit to the Mitsubishi dealer to get a lube-oil-filter and air filter and tire rotation, I call in to see how my work order is coming along.
"You need a 4-wheel alignment. The mechanic says the inside of your tires will stop getting torn up after we fix that."
Oh, so I authorize the 4-wheel alignment to be added to the work order. Well, no horror stories with this one. It took a while to get my car back, but, I got it back at their closing time of 6:00PM. They were figuring up my bill and the coupons from the service plan I bought at purchase time. Off my wife and I drive in to the beautiful Arizona sunset. The car tracks spot on now, no pulling.
The thing is, it never pulled badly enough for me to seek retribution from the dealer. But it would now and then. Anyway, now it drives and tracks center-fine.
Your post though has me wondering if they would be obligated to slap new Goodyear or Dunlop tires on, ones manufactured in the U.S. I bought my Lancer GTS on March 21, 2007. So my Dunlop's must certainly be the "Japanese-made" Dunlop's. I may be asking some questions about this to my dealer.
I want my Lancer GTS that only has 19,885 miles on it to track and drive straight and right. It is right now, but, I've read that lots of Lancer owners are having trouble. Certainly Mitsubishi has found an answer to this by now. Seems it's "out-of-round" Japanese-built Dunlop performance tires. I am not dumb enough to yell at Mitsubishi about this. It is truly not their fault. However, they are warranteeing the car I bought from them, the autobuilder. Therefore, if it's a tire manufacturing defect, they (or their tire provider by contract, Dunlop, even a somewhat counterfeit Dunlop located in Japan) will need to fix the problem at no expense to me, right? That is how the Warranty deal works.
But, please fill me in some more as new information occurs, OK? I am going to drive and keenly observe my car's performance from the tires and steering. If it pulls again, I'm printing out your posts and my posts and taking them in to my dealer's service department. This is a significant discovery that all '08 and '09 Mitsubishi Lancer owners will want to perk their ears up to. That makes sense, the tires may all be built "out-of-round" so that no amount of balancing, rotating or aligning will be able to fix the problem. Funny thing is, I have read months ago of people getting brand new tires(Goodyears and Dunlops)slapped on from their dealer's. And most all of them noted significant improvement in their "pulling left" issue.
I would urge everyone who has been experiencing this problem to print these posts out and take them to your dealers for them to fix it by getting you new Goodyear or Dunlop performance tires.
Meanwhile, I am going to drive and enjoy my '08 Lancer GTS and pay close attention to any indication at all of "pulling" to the left. If I notice any at all I'm calling my dealer. I'll bet Mitsubishi has to issue a recall for new American-built Dunlops or Goodyear tires. I think this will solve the problem. Your car will not or should not track right if it's tires are out-of-round in their build.
I love my Lancer GTS so much and this is really great news to hear. I now feel that the new American Dunlop or Goodyear tire set is the answer to this frustrating problem. But it must be noted that I don't hold this against Mitsubishi by any stretch of anyone's imagination. I have confidnece that we will get a true and honest fix to this problem now, at no cost to us. Except perhaps an extra trip to your dealer. And that is well worth it, in my view. What a great discovery!
#20 of 120 Re: doppelganger85... [iluvmysephia1]
May 07, 2008 (5:41 am)
Yes - the information is a great backup for any of us who own a GTS (whether 08 or 09). I have an appointment tomorrow (Thursday) to get the wheel alignment print-out so the dealership can fax it to the district manager to authorize new tires. The time lost is the only downside to this problem and I hope I will not run into any excuses if you know what I mean from the district manager.
#21 of 120 Re: doppelganger85... [doppelganger85]
May 08, 2008 (10:55 am)
UPDATED TIRE ISSUE -
Left the dealership this afternoon and they found that the tires are the cause of this pulling to the left. The alignment checked-out fine and they will be ordering new tires for me ASAP. WIll keep you all posted...
May 18, 2008 (8:46 am)
have you heard anything new about your new Dunlop tire order?
#23 of 120 Re: 2009 Lancer factory tire problem [doppelganger85]
May 18, 2008 (10:22 am)
hi just wanted to pass on some info from a different site. It has been found that the lancer does have a problem with 'pulling to the left' and it cannot be fixed with just a front end alignment. the other site stated that lancers come preset with a postive camber on the left wheel and a neg. camber on the right wheel which the car pulls to the positive camber (left) but the lancer does not have adjustable camber from stock you have to have camber bolts installed then correct the camber. hope this helps guys
#24 of 120 Re: hmmm [lovethelancer]
May 18, 2008 (10:27 am)
i just purchaased a 2009 lancer ES with sport package. it has the 2.0L mivec cvt. the Lancer GTS only has the 2.4L (DE and ES comes only with 2.0L) I love my 09 lancer and yes you can get it with nav,sun and sport, only thing you cant get as a option on the DE and ES is the 2.4L.
#25 of 120 Where ?
May 19, 2008 (4:21 am)
Can anyone tell me where the Lancer is made and if by UAW or CAW ?
#26 of 120 Re: doppelganger85... [iluvmysephia1]
May 19, 2008 (9:54 am)
NEW TIRES ARRIVED AND THEY HAVE BEEN PUT ON VEHICLE TODAY. PULLING TO THE LEFT HAS STOP COMPLETELY....
PLEASE NOT THE COMMENT MADE ABOUT THE CAMBER SETTINGS ON THE NEW LANCERS AND HOW THEY ARE NOT ADJUSTABLE - "EXCELLENT INFORMATION AS WELL!"
#27 of 120 Re: 2009 Lancer factory tire problem [cargirl24]
May 19, 2008 (9:57 am)
This is very good information you have found here...I am pleased to say that the 4 new tires put on my 09 has stopped the pulling to the left. A mechanic did tell me about the camber information but not nearly as detailed as the stuff you found.
#28 of 120 Re: Where ? [guss]
May 19, 2008 (4:47 pm)
The Lancer models are currently made only in Japan.
There are no Mitsubishi vehicles manufactured in Canada at this time.
Mitsubishi models currently manufactured by UAW members consist of the Galant, Galant Sport and Galant Ralliart, the Endeavor suv, the Eclipse GS and GT and the Spyder GS and GT.
They are made by UAW local 2488 at Normal Illinois.