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The car pulls left.

The car pulls left on the highway in every lane. Is this something I can fix myself?

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Depends on what it is. It could be something as simple as the air pressure being wrong, or as big as a suspension component being bad. Have you taken any steps to narrow down the source of the problem? Did you do anything that suddenly made the car start pulling? (rotation, etc)



Usually with something like this, my steps will usually be:
1. Check air pressure.
2. Rotate the tires to see if it's still the same.
An out of round tire, uneven wear, radial pull, seperation, etc. can be the cause if it's tire related.

3. Check the brakes.
A stuck or dragging caliper can cause the car to pull.

4. Alignment.
Could be numerous things related to the suspension such as the tie rods, bearings, ball joints, etc.
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Are all 4 tires the same? Are they the same on each axle, left and right, at least?

Alignments can be done at home but it takes a bit of setup.
If something is bent then you possibly replace it unless its accident damage.


I would make sure the front tires are the same. You could rotate tires and see if it changes. Before you do that make note of where the tires are wearing. Turn the steering to lock and inspect.

If not changed, then replace any obviously broken/worn parts and have it aligned.
The alignment tech would likely tell you if anything was damaged.



IF you really want the full experience then DIY Alignment youtube.com
I did it for years with great results. Six foot florescent tube (straight edge), a pair or wheel casters.and a measure device. Mind you this was 60's, 70's and 80's tech I was putting straight.


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All four tires are fairly new Michelins. They are probably due for rotation and I will check the tires for pressure.

I have noticed a "creaking" noise in the front end when it's very cold. And one day I drove through a big puddle of slush and it started to "creak." I climbed under for a look and noticed that the boots on the sway bar end links are cracked.

Would bad sway bar end links alter the alignment? (Just checked the pressure, it's 37lbs on both sides.)


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I'm hitting the road now. Will take a few pounds out of the right tire and see if that helps.

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Sway bar links should not do what you are describing.


Has the car always pulled left?


Not sure what your mileage is but it seems like the suspension bushings start to become noticeable after about 100,000mi.


A common creak going over bumps/humps is the front lower rearward control arm. I replaced all my front suspension with huge improvement and many here have done the job for less than $200.


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No, I don't think that the car has always pulled left, at least not this bad. The odometer just hit 100,000 miles.


Do you mean that the suspension bushings are a common project at this mileage? I'd like to know more about that.


I took 4 pounds out of the right front tire. It tracked very straight in the right lane.

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Based on everything you have said, I'd say it's probably a good idea to get an alignment done. They will help you catch any early suspension signs/issues that can save a lot of headache later or cause premature wear on other components.



Like Drfeelgood mentions, it could be a bushing somewhere causing the creak. They'll usually be the first thing that'll go due to it's rubber compound. Overtime, they dry, crack, rot and can cause all sorts of noises.



One last thing you can do is a rotation. It's quick and easy and can help you eliminate the tire all together since it's the newest thing you have done. If the problem still persists, you can rule out the tire. It's not uncommon, but new tires can come with a radial pull or out of roundness that can cause this kind of issue. Should the rotation help and the car does not pull anymore, then you now have narrowed it down to the two tires that are now on the rears. Obviously, air them back up to 37.
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No, I don't think that the car has always pulled left, at least not this bad. The odometer just hit 100,000 miles.


Do you mean that the suspension bushings are a common project at this mileage? I'd like to know more about that.


I took 4 pounds out of the right front tire. It tracked very straight in the right lane.

Road crown means that cars will inherently pull right and combined with the lower pressure is adequately compensating for the issue.


I say just have it aligned, unless there is a reason you cannot.


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I do mostly highway driving, so the road crown is always left, middle or right. It was pulling left in every lane.



I'm on a DIY roll right now so I'm on the lookout for stuff that I can learn how to fix. So many bad experiences at the dealership and now recently at my local AAA garage; I'd rather do the work myself.

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