Suspension, Steering and Brakes pulling to one side

Discussion in '8th Generation (2008-2015) [Acura TSX]' started by Roach3, Saturday 8th Feb, 2014.

  1. Roach3 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Had my accord for 10 months now and only noticed it pulling to the left after a few weeks and also the steering wheel slightly to the right.

    I've had a lot of problems with this car nothing serious just loads of niggly things that meant I had to take car back to dealers 3 times 130 mile round trips.

    so I thought I would wait till it was due a service and took it in to my local dealer for the service and mentioned the pull to the left.

    the steering wheel was always slightly to the right since I got the car but put up with it until it went in for service.

    picked up the car a day later and my local dealer said they have done the alignment and straightened the steering wheel (they hadn't) but it still pulls the the left so it must be the tyres.

    they charged me £100 for the alignment and had the car all day(including the service)

    the tyres still had around 4 mm on them so I waited till they were borderline before I changed them and guess what?

    still pulls to the left.

    2.2 dtec exgt (2009)

    any ideas what this could be?
     
  2. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    I had the exact same issue when I brought mine, albeit a 7th Generation.

    Do you have the alignment report? If so, upload it and it will give us all a better picture of what the problem is.

    With mine, wheel-balancing and alignment of suspension parts that could be adjusted, did nothing of consequence. I then replaced the tyres with new reinforced (I was on about 2-4mm dependant on tyre), the problem wasn't as bad then but still not completely acceptable to me. I finally replaced the rear camber arms with adjustable aftermarkets so I could have them aligned too and then everything was perfect.

    Don't forget, your car is meant to pull slightly to the left, firstly that's how the contour of the road is; and secondly to make sure if you where to fall asleep at the wheel, you'd go off the road and not into another car.
     
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  3. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    if the tyres are worn unevenly no matter how good the alinement's is the car will pull to a side. Run the palms of hand on each tyre when lifted and feel the tyre you will soon know how true the tyres is.

    This is a common misconception if alignment is correct the car should behave correctly well before it was corrected (alignment) when the car was wearing the tyres unevenly.:Wink: if they are worn unevenly change all the tyres affected and your issue is solved.
     
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  4. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Just wanted to note, that my old tyres had extreme uneven wear. I believe that's why replacing my tyres helped the issue so much.
     
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  5. cred Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I have had this issue on my car since the first day. Done 2 wheel align from Honda first as well as hunter 4 wheel from a local motorsport specialist. As CJ says, i did have uneven wear on the rears (radial wear?) and when i put them on the front they were extremely loud at speeds over 40mph

    When swapped the wheels front to back helped significantly but still not perfect. I have a theory that one of my wheels is screwed.

    Just learning to live with it! but i know someday I'll get a solution
     
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  6. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Pop into your local Kwik-Fit and ask to have your wheels balanced, it's really cheap and only takes 15 minutes or so. They'll tell you if one of your rims is buckled at all.
     
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  7. cred Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Good suggestion... I am normally a bit wary of using these chain stores... are you saying they're the better ones or use a good machine or will any tyre shop do the job? I was also thinking of ordering Goodyear tyres from a French website for under £113 a corner
     
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  8. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Balancing and alignment is one of the few things I'd actually recommend going to a chain shop for, they always have high-end equipment and it's recalibrated at set intervals. Also when the staff do however many in a day, they become quite efficient at it and good at spotting anything out of the ordinary.

    For the tyres, cross-check the price with My Tyres they normally have great prices, you can either get them shipped to your door, or they'll book you in at a garage of your choice for fitting. In my case, Kwik-Fit was just a few quid more and I wanted an alignment done straight after anyway.

    EDIT: As for particular machines Hunter Alignment is generally considered the pedigree. No idea on wheel balancing.
     
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  9. cred Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Thanks for the tip - I'll check out KwikFit at some point.

    Roach3, please let us know how you get alonge.

    Also - My Tyres are £130 for the same tyre del only :Aghast:
     
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  10. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    I'd definitely go for sourcing them from the French website then :Thumbup:
     
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  11. Roach3 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    well ill dig out the report they gave me and ill upload it for you

    car is booked in next Thursday for MOT and ab2 service and I've mentioned that the car still pulls to the left.

    I've replaced both front tyres but not the rears as they still have loads of meat left on them

    don't want to replace those only for it to be the same.

    my dealer has said the next step would be to look for damage underneath, something bent etc

    I do a lot of motorway miles so I probably notice it more but I really have to hold the wheel tightly.

    really getting on my nerves now
     
  12. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    I very much doubt there's a bent suspension part with a 5 year old car, be easier to diagnose with the report :Thumbup:
     
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