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    My 57 plate CDti 150 hatch is drifiting/pulling to the left. If you line the steering up dead straight, the car moves drifts to the right. I've had the front tracking done by Kwik Fit and it was only fractionally out.

    Any ideas? I bet the dealers will tell me it's a characteristic!

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    If you drive down the centre of the road straddling the white line does it still pull to the left?

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    Yep, it seems to be regardless of camber. The steering wheel is pointing slightly to the left to maintain a true straight ahead position.

    I forgt to mention that it pulls to the left when braking too, perhaps more noticable than when not braking.

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    Try jacking up the front nearside wheel & see if the brakes are binding

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    Quote Originally Posted by FinestJammy1 View Post
    Yep, it seems to be regardless of camber. The steering wheel is pointing slightly to the left to maintain a true straight ahead position.
    Do you mean left or right

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    To maintain a true straight ahead trajectory the steering wheel is pointing slightly to the left. If I let go of the steering wheel, the car will drift to the left quite quickly if I don't correct it.

    If I position the steering wheel so that it (the steering wheel) appears to be straight, i.e. lined up with the steering column housing, the car will then drift over to the right. It has enough directional change to the right that I don't actually have to move the steering wheel to change lanes on a motorway!

    When braking without your hands on the wheel I can physically see the wheel move to the left and hence move the car with it.

    Hope that explains it a bit better, thanks for your help.

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    sounds like 2 problems
    1 they havernt done your traking properly take it bk and tell them u want your steering wheel straight
    2 sounds like tyre pressures to me be sure to check them if not that check brakes for binding

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    As mattolly86 says, check your tyre pressures then road test it. If the steering is still out take it back to Kwik Fit & tell them to track it again but this time making sure the steering wheel is correctly set

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    It's been said time and time again on the forum that places like Kwik Fit only adjust the fronts - they aren't geared up with the equipment or have the expertise to do anything else.

    It's of paramount importance that the rear wheels have their geometry set correctly before the fronts are done as it's the rears that act as the reference point for the fronts.

    Yet again http://www.wheels-inmotion.co.uk/tec...lalignment.php

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    Go to a decent Tyre depot with a 4 wheel laser checker,you will be surprised how far out it is .....I was ,might cost but worth it.

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