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    For the last couple of weeks the car has been pulling to the left.

    I've checked tyre press, all is ok. Also I've had the tracking done so it's spot on but it still pulls to the left.

    I only noticed it since I got the car back from having a caliper changed as the caliper had taken a knock and was damaged. Not sure which caliper it was though, they didn't tell me.

    Any idea what the problem could be? Could it be related to the caliper being damaged?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottR View Post
    Also I've had the tracking done so it's spot on but it still pulls to the left
    What method was used?
    There appear to be at least three different geometry settings for the Vectra C
    I had this suddenly appear after a tyre change and it took three attempts to reset the alignment

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    Not sure what method it was. Was done at National Tyres, just left them too it. They said it was set to 3 degrees when they checked it and reset it back to 0

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    I guess you've only had the fronts tracked. As the fronts use the rear wheels as a datum/reference point, if the rears are out so are the front. hence why this is one (of many) reasons why the car will pull to the left or right. http://www.wheels-inmotion.co.uk/tec...lalignment.php

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    Hmm, so I should take it back to National to get them to do a 4 wheel alignment?

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    I take it you haven't changed any tyres??? Some tread patterns require them to go in a specific direction and if they don't they pull to one side?? Worth mentioning.

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    National Tyres can only align the front wheels, they don't have the geometry settings for the rear
    If they had the ones for the rear they could complete an all four wheel alignment

    However, even completing a front wheel alignment the steering should still be true and straight
    This suggests they did the alignment with the engine switched off
    Equally, the steering wheel may not have been truely straight

    I recommend you go back, outline the issue, and get them to do it again
    When they do it, stand at the front and look at the two readings for the rear; they should be the same

    Finally, it is dead easy to get 0' on the front, by adjusting the one side only, and it sounds like this is what they did
    This then throws the steering off straight
    Again, watch them perform this and they should adjust both sides, not just one

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    Nope, not changed any tyres.
    Not sure how they done it, I was sat in the waiting area while they put it up in the air around the corner so I couldn't see it.
    I'll have to pop back in the week...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottR View Post
    Not sure how they done it, I was sat in the waiting area while they put it up in the air around the corner so I couldn't see it
    I sit in the waiting area, but always watch them do any work to make sure they are doing it correctly
    If the weather allows then I will sit outside and observe from there
    I tend to walk round the car once whilst they are completing any alignment work, although it is best to ask in advance that they can allow you to see the settings (some get grumpy if you walk around the service / workshop area)

    I caught the National Tyres in Edinburgh doing a four wheel alignment check with the engine turned off
    They advised they had to turn the engine off
    I argused the power steering has to be on during an alignment adjustment, they therefore stopped the work and asked me to leave
    The following day I went back to Langside (Glasgow) and they completed it without any prompting

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