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dorab 11/11/2011

2009 Pontiac G3 Base 4 Cyl 1.6L

Steering & Suspension

Car pulls to the left

Recently I hit a curb and gave myself a flat tire. I thought everything would be fine after I replaced the tire with a new one. But now I think I must of damaged something else because ever since, my car pulls to the left and I have to move my steering wheel to the right to go straight. I'm trying to understand what could be wrong and also how much the fix will cost me. Any suggestions?

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Spoon Sports

Spoon Sports 11/11/2011

If the car pulls while driving at a constant speed on a straight flat road, then you either have a tire inflation problem, mismatched, or defective tires, an alignment problem, or possibly a sticking brake caliper.

A slight pull under heavy acceleration on a front wheel drive car may be normal. This is called "torque steer" and is caused because the front drive axles are not the exact same length (not a defect, just a fact with most FWD designs) The transmission is not located in the exact center of the car, and on axle must be longer than the other. This causes a pull under hard acceleration!

If you have a brake problem, it could also cause the car to pull when the brakes are applied.

Check the tires for obvious problems and correct inflation. If they seem ok, have the car checked by a qualified mechanic.


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