Car keeps pulling left

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Sp32
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Car keeps pulling left

Post by Sp32 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:38 am

Hi there, been using this forum for a few months but never really experienced something that wasn't widely discussed here already.

In November time I went into a car park after doing a u turn, whilst going into the car park my left tyre missed the dropped kerb and went straight into the curb (I wasn't being careful enough or slow enough)

I came back out to see my tyre has blew and I had to get a replacement, after the replacement I noticed my car pulling a bit so I went to halfords and had my tracking done, a few months later after only going round the corner to the local school I eventually realised my car is still pulling to the left (no straight roads to and from school).

I went and got the tracking done at a different place, it didn't fix the issue, took it back, they said it is because I have a different tread pattern on an odd tyre, they also put it down to the camber of the road, I eventually got my money back (And dashcam footage of the mechanic joyriding my car :-))

Third time lucky... I take my car to get the laser tracking at formula 1 and it tells me my camber is out so I got that fixed and it's still pulling to the left, I bought a new tie/track rod but two of my friends who have always worked on cars are telling me nothing looks bent and one of them said to not buy these things, of course I just want to try and fix the issue... At the moment it's like I am just going to have to live with this until I get a new car..

I've ran out of options, I've spoken with the two nearest vauxhall dealerships and they have both said their tracking machines aren't great, even though I've had my tracking done 3 times despite the second time being out still, I'd expect the 4 wheel alignment at f1 to not be out?

Such a huge nightmare, tempted to just throw my credit card at it.. (Because I have no money!) lol

I've been told it could be a whole different bunch of things and to replace the cheapest but I tried doing that and then told not to buy anything else..

One person mentioned a steering sensor? No idea. :roll:

Just been told by a garage they'll check my alignment free and if its out sort it then check a couple other alignments and if they need doing then looking at 102 quid, going there tomorrow.


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Re: Car keeps pulling left

Post by Boroboy » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:22 pm

Have you tried putting your rear wheels onto the front? Then see how it feels.
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Re: Car keeps pulling left

Post by danh23 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:45 pm

Halfords only do front tracking somewhere like kwik fit or even dealership do all 4 corners
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Sp32
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Re: Car keeps pulling left

Post by Sp32 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:50 pm

Yeah we swapped back to front and left with right too lol.

I'm not going back to halfords, I had the 4 wheel alignment done at f1 autocentre but didnt fix it (been told they might have forgot steering alignment or something?) so im taking it to a garage that the Vauxhall dealership sends their cars to.

Just curious about the other alignments it could be? Ive been told it could be so many different things.. Sorry I cant provide a better diagnosis, not much help to you guys.. Just losing the plot now.. Will update after garage visit tomorrow, thanks for taking the time replying.


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Re: Car keeps pulling left

Post by Pompeydave » Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:56 pm

What a nightmare you are having , have you checked for wheel bearing damage ?
I assume you hit the kerb quite hard to puncture the tyre so maybe wise to get the strut checked whilst at the dealer.
Yes there are many things that can put the tracking out , I remember watching a programme once where the strut top mount was worn on a car and this had an affect on the drive, owner was moaning about pulling to left.


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Re: Car keeps pulling left

Post by danh23 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:48 pm

I took mine to main Vauxhall dealership to have tracking done they only charged me £25 which I guess should of been more
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Re: Car keeps pulling left

Post by gordon1 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:28 pm

slightly off subject but i had a mondeo once and put into a ford main dealer for its first service and 2 new front tyres, when i collected it they said they had done the tracking also. after that the car always pulled to right slightly


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Re: Car keeps pulling left

Post by Sp32 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:45 pm

Just been told it was out of alignment so they aligned it and its still happening been told they swapped the tyres and it pulls right said it's because its a newer turanza causing it?

My old car had different tyres on every wheel and never pulled to the side so bit dubious now, don't think the tracking was out as it was done 2 weeks ago but yeah.. :/ buy 4 new tyres and I doubt that will fix it :(


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Re: Car keeps pulling left

Post by BRUCE225 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:32 pm

Cars pull slightly to the left anyway it's built in for saftey, Are you sure just because you had the problem with the wheel your just noticing this effect more.


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Re: Car keeps pulling left

Post by Sp32 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:43 pm

Yeah, I was told that and because of the camber and one of my friends did say I was being paranoid but I showed someone else and then I showed the friend saying I was paranoid and both of them were like yeah that shouldn't be happening.. After about 30 minutes of driving my right hand is aching from pulling the right side down constantly even though it's only a small amount required, I can't do long drives which is what I why I got the car, it just ruins the experience of driving.

Mechanic said that after swapping from one side to the other it caused the car to pull the other way which makes him think it is the tyre, asked if I could have my money back if it wasn't but sadly no as I guess the tyre is classed as used after it's been driven on which makes sense, just sucks for me.

Mechanic suggested Buying two budget tyres to test and see if it fixes it so I said yeah, this is the third garage I've taken it to so I just don't know what to do, will update in an hour or so after the new budget tyres have been tested.


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