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    Updated: Alignment Issue ?

    I posted on here a couple of weeks ago that I was having problems with my wrx pulling to the right, I had a single tire replaced after a wreck. Well, I got four new tires today (all the exact same in every way and the car still pulls to the right). At this point, the frame is not bent, the alignment is perfect, and the tires are the same. I am having the differential/transmission fluid changed on Monday but I do not see why that would help. Any ideas as to why it still may be pulling?

    Note: I had the tread measured on the old tires and it was as follows:

    Front Left: 5.6 mm
    Front Right: 7.1 mm
    Back Left: 7.4 mm
    Back Right: 8.3 mm (This was the new one)

    I drove the car for about 1200 miles on the 3 old, 1 new set of tires and I figured that maybe the car was putting more power to the front left tire since the back right was the newer one, hence the tread difference. Now I am wondering if for some reason it is Always putting more power to the front left tire and there is something else going on. I am stuck at a stand still and I can't settle with the fact that the car just pulls to the right all the time, suggestions/ideas appreciated.

    Brad

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    Wait, is your alignment 'perfect' or 'in spec'? The tolerance on the spec is large; I doubt your alignment is truly perfect, as in exactly matching the factory nominals. Can you post your alignment numbers here?

    Also, what year is your car? How many miles? How old are the struts?

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    the wreck musta bent something the alignment isn't seeing?
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    Driving around that long on tires with that large of a tread difference is REALLY bad for your diff's. Glad you got the new tires, but I wouldn't do that again.

    I'm thinking there may be something bent in the area of the accident. An alignment can be set to stock settings, but if something's bent in that area, it's going to be off from the other corners anyways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anub1s View Post
    Driving around that long on tires with that large of a tread difference is REALLY bad for your diff's. Glad you got the new tires, but I wouldn't do that again.

    I'm thinking there may be something bent in the area of the accident. An alignment can be set to stock settings, but if something's bent in that area, it's going to be off from the other corners anyways.
    +1 I'd check your front end.
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    You need to get an alignment printout and post all of the numbers.
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    Again, thanks for the input. Someone asked what year and how many miles. The car is a 2006 with 70,000 miles.

    Here are the alignment specs:

    Left Front: Camber: 0.3, Caster: 3.0, Toe: (-.08)
    Front: Total Toe: (-0.016), Steer Ahead 0.00
    Right Front: Camber (-0.6), Caster: 2.7, Toe (-0.8)

    Left Rear: Camber: 0.05, Toe: 0.05
    Rear: Total Toe: 0.06, Thrust Angle: 0.02
    Right Rear: (-1.4), Toe: 0.01

    I wish I could have gotten tires quicker but I couldn't afford them after paying for the insurance deductable and some additional maintenance. Anyways the differential/transmission fluids will all be changed on Monday and hopefully they can check more carefully for some bent parts. I am taking it to a Subaru specialist this time around, but quite frankly can't afford to keep having mechanics speculate as to what they think is the problem, then me paying to fix it, then it not working. Hopefully, I can get this finished with as it is really starting to be a pain in the ass! I have definately learned a good lesson through this mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anub1s View Post
    Driving around that long on tires with that large of a tread difference is REALLY bad for your diff's. Glad you got the new tires, but I wouldn't do that again.

    I'm thinking there may be something bent in the area of the accident. An alignment can be set to stock settings, but if something's bent in that area, it's going to be off from the other corners anyways.
    He's fine His lowest tread depth is 7/32nds. If it was lower then that he may run into problems.

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    Did you say you were running the old tires and it pulled after the alignment or did you mean you got the new tires and alignment and it still pulls? If you're running the old tires it's very possible a belt could have shifted.

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    So, I had the differential and transmission fluid changed yesterday and it solved the problem. Very odd. I never would have thought that changing the fluid would have fixed the pull but it did. Finally after all this mess the car seems to be driving the way it used to.

    Again, thanks to all for your input.

    Brad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusky21 View Post
    Here are the alignment specs:

    Left Front: Camber: 0.3, Caster: 3.0, Toe: (-.08)
    Front: Total Toe: (-0.016), Steer Ahead 0.00
    Right Front: Camber (-0.6), Caster: 2.7, Toe (-0.8)

    Left Rear: Camber: 0.05, Toe: 0.05
    Rear: Total Toe: 0.06, Thrust Angle: 0.02
    Right Rear: (-1.4), Toe: 0.01
    Glad to hear it's not pulling after the fluid change, though I find that weird and suspect it's a fluke. The camber should generally be the same on each side of the car...you have .9 deg difference at front, and 1.45 degrees difference at the rear. If/when you notice it pulling again, get the car aligned such that the camber left/right is roughly equal.

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