Car not driving straight

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
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  • ohreallyohreally Forumite
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    My work car has done this from new. There are 8 in the fleet, all but 1 do the same. The make forums report many owner experiencing the same symptoms but raising it with the dealer, they claim it's a one off and they have no further reports of steering pull.

    Its a French piece of cack.
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  • arcon5arcon5 Forumite
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    lulu_92 wrote: »
    This happened to OH 3 weeks after he bought his Toyota Auris. Tracking was off by 6 degrees and they charged him £50 for it because they said he must have driven over a pothole. OH refuted this and got his money back.

    He must be the only driver in the country then that is able to avoid every pothole and bump in the road
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    arcon5 wrote: »
    He must be the only driver in the country then that is able to avoid every pothole and bump in the road

    Hey, not saying that at all.

    It was a used car and the garage were pinning the blame on OH even though they had no proof that the tracking was perfect when he drove off the forecourt in it.

    He kept trying to talk to management about it, who kept saying they'd call him back and they never did, so he went above them and complained.
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  • sh0597sh0597 Forumite
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    Thanks to everyone who has replied so far, is there a way to narrow it down myself?


    The MOT is now due and I don't want it to fail on something I already knew about, although it may be something that wouldn't fail an MOT anyway.


    As far as I know it's always done this since I bought it almost a year ago, along with vibrating quite a bit. I've replaced the anti-roll bar linkage bushes and this has improved the vibrating and improved the handling but the steering still goes to the left. It almost feels worse but I think it is just more obvious without the vibrating.


    It's not road camber as I've tried driving in the centre and even on the right and it is the same and it's far too noticeable to be the road camber anyway.


    I don't think the chassis is bent although it could be, I've seen some very bent cars before and mine doesn't look clearly bent.


    I did get a puncture on the motorway about a month ago on the nearside rear, I don't know if this would be related.


    I can rule out wheels or tyres as I've swapped the tyres round and have two new rear tyres anyway.


    It is hydraulic power steering.


    The car is 11 years old so nothing is pristine but I can't see anything obviously broken either.
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    sh0597 wrote: »
    is there a way to narrow it down myself?

    That will depend on your level of mechanical knowledge.
  • facadefacade Forumite
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    Sounds as though something is bent.

    Best answer is to get a 4 wheel alignment check (which is expensive) and then see what needs doing.

    It will likely pass the MOT.

    In the Olden Days, I had a job as junior dogsbody/tea boy with a bombsite cardealer. He was trying to get rid of one car that was so badly bent that if you braked hard it would turn round in the road to face the other way.

    It failed the MOT (obviously) when road tested with one of those tapley meters on the seat, but luckily, those new fangled roller testers had just come out, so I got to drive it to a test station a bit further away where it passed with flying colours, as there was no brake imbalance, just a twisted chassis.
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

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  • colinocolino Forumite
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    façade, you think spending money on a 4 wheel alignment when the OP has no idea what is wrong is good advice? Your old wifes tale about the Tapley (which any good, volume MOT centre will still have the modern version of) would pass the MOT brake test easier than a roller test.
  • facadefacade Forumite
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    As the OP can't see anything broken after changing round wheels and replacing antiroll bar bushes, then the choice is live with it (which may be dangerous) or pay someone to check it. A 4 wheel alignment will show up caster issues (which it may be) or a bent frame.

    Actually, one question springs to mind-

    It hasn't got raised suspension has it? this affects caster angle and stops the self centering action of the steering.


    The old wives tale is true, the tapley test showed up the twist in the chassis (because the tester noticed the car trying to swap ends when he braked), but a roller tester won't as it only checks that the brakes work to a level of efficiency. Very few testers bother with a tapley nowadays unless it is a 4wd vehicle.
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science ;))
  • arcon5arcon5 Forumite
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    Have you checked other bushes and ball joints?
    any uneven wear on tyres?
    wheels turning reasonably freely when jacked?
  • colinocolino Forumite
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    façade, as the OP cannot see something, why pay one "specialist" to check and fiddle when it could be a whole raft of simple, straightforward issues, easily spotted and repaired by a real tech.
    You will have to stop digging with the Tapley rubbish. Those cars that need to use one are reversed off the lane and tested at the recommended speed - between 15 and 20mph. I've never seen one even used out of the garage confines, there's no need because of the low speeds involved. If your car was so bad, it wouldn't have reached the MOT station without crashing.
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