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Old 01-20-2003, 03:39 PM
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Question Why does my car pull to the left?

Recently my car (Ford Fiesta Si P reg) has started pulling to the left. Its doesn't happen when I brake, its just when driving that it happens. I have recently had a new rear suspension fitted to the car by Kwik Fit that has been squeaking on the drivers side of the car. I was wondering if the problem could be linked to this. I have had the wheels aligned and double checked that they are staight.

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[quote]I have recently had a new rear suspension fitted to the car by Kwik Fit that has been squeaking on the drivers side of the car.<hr></blockquote>

I being a Colonial have no idea what a Kwik Fit is. Is it a service upgrade (performance) or has the rear suspension been rebuilt?

If you have had a four wheel alignment performed and are satisfied that it was done correctly, all four wheels should be straight (factory settings).

The only other problem you might have is a bad LF tire (switch to RF and see if this corrects the pulling). You mave have a LF brake caliper dragging or a wheel bearing going bad also. There may also be a defect in the rack (spool valve).

If there is a bad rear wheel bearing, the drag may pull it to one side or another and you have to correct the pull by turning the wheel slightly.

This will get you started.
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If it is not any of the things that KULTULZ has listed then it could also be torque steering.If the alignment is correct the torque on the left cv shaft can be more then the torque of the right.
one quick test to see if it is the tire is swap the front tires(put the left on the right side and the right on the left side) then drive it if it is a tire then it should pull the other way.
The last thing we often do not consider is the road you are driving on and the super elevation or crown of the road can be pitched in a way for drainage the will allow the car to drift to the lift.
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Another possibility could be a left front brake caliper sticking. To test this jack up the front and have someone step on and off the brakes. Each time the person lets off the brake check to make sure their isn't excessive drag on the L/F wheel as compaired to the R/F. If their is excessive drag (a small amount of drag is normal from the transmission on a front wheel drive car) open up the bleader screw and retighten it. If it changes after this you had a pressure problem which is most likely a bad brake hose to that caliper. If opening and closing the bleader doesn't do anything than it is probably the caliper. You could even do this test for brake drag while cross-rotating your front tires as already suggested.
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