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    Hi,
    I only had my Vectra about a month, but when I bought it it needed new tyres at the front which i had fitted. Since then I got steering wheel to right site when driving straight, when you put s.wheel straight it pulls to left. I've had tyres checked, pressure in tyres, wheels, and done laser aligment (tracking) twice, at two different places.I cant remember this being there when I bought car, I had tyres fitted next day after purchase car. Anyone experienced same problem, or any ideas what it can be? Because I like my new car but its annoying. thanks for help in advance.

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    Who did the tracking? I believe the front wheels can run straight even with the wheel off centre, a good tyre & tracking place will align them after centring the wheel.

    The best thing to do is get all four wheel tracking done, is about £85 in total, but it gives you a read out of where each wheel is pointing before and after. This solved my excessive body roll in the corners and they make sure the steering wheel sits straight.

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    does it happen all the time pulling to the left or just when you pull off

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    when you put steering wheel straight then it pulls to left, i've had tracking done by decent garage, only paid 25 pounds. 4 wheels aligment

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    The tracking's no doubt correct, but the steering wheel isn't. You need to get them to clamp the steering wheel in the straight position then adjust the track rod so the wheels point straight. When the first place did the tracking, they probably didn't clamp the steering wheel.

    On older cars I'd have just taken the wheel off and put it back on again straight if it's only a little bit off, but with the power steering and braking systems needing to know the steering wheel position accurately on the Vectra C, it's more important the steering wheel is in the middle when the wheels are.

    It's a 30 minute job - just need to wind one track rod in and the other out by the same amount until the wheels are straight when the steering wheel is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RRadek View Post
    when you put steering wheel straight then it pulls to left, i've had tracking done by decent garage, only paid 25 pounds. 4 wheels aligment

    take it back to the garage tell them its not right and ask them to check the bushes springs everything round that area on the left

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    opps i think i read it wrong yes it sounds like they havent put steering wheel stright when tracking it

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    ive not seen them locking steering wheel with anything, they just put it straight. I will have go back again, other garage had it on the ramp tried three times and said it cant be done, didnt charge me, but said it maybe something in steering column? it that correct?

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    have you checked on experian to ensure that your car wasn't involved in an accident ... seems strange that another garage has said it cant be done ?

    especially when as said above adjusting tracking and geometry is a fairly straight forward job ? and most back street garages can accomplish this without any issues ... or even anything too technical ... I've seen it done with 2 pieces of wood by a "Fred in the shed" set up

    but any accomplished garage with dedicated tracking equipment will have a wheel "holding" device to ensure the steering wheel is held "true" whilst they adjust it underneath

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    I usually just lock the steering wheel to the brake pedal with an old 'Krook-lok' device when I'm replacing steering components. Nothing worse than replacing worn track rod ends and having the steering rack wobbling about all over the place so you then have to get the tracking sorted.

    I have done tracking with two measuring tapes and planks of wood - though on Renault 5s which are a lot simpler and easier to work on than Vectras!

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