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Old 11-16-2005, 09:57 AM
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95 w124 pulling to right after alignment

95e300d 157,000. Tires only about 10k. No unusual wear on tires, but pulled pretty good to the right. Aligned at local MB indy last week for $90. Significantly better, but still pulls to the right - just not as hard. Had them check control arm bushings in front and they said they were ok - as did previous indy last year who inspected them. When I take it back, what might I suggest to them, as they obviously overlooked something? Something in the rear like a thrust arm or a control arm strut?

Last night, I drove my 85 300td with 250k+ and it still drove straight as an arrow when I let go of the wheel. If I could get the 95 as good as the 85....
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Old 11-16-2005, 10:32 AM
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95e300d 157,000. Tires only about 10k. No unusual wear on tires, but pulled pretty good to the right. Aligned at local MB indy last week for $90. Significantly better, but still pulls to the right - just not as hard. Had them check control arm bushings in front and they said they were ok - as did previous indy last year who inspected them. When I take it back, what might I suggest to them, as they obviously overlooked something? Something in the rear like a thrust arm or a control arm strut?

Last night, I drove my 85 300td with 250k+ and it still drove straight as an arrow when I let go of the wheel. If I could get the 95 as good as the 85....
At least on my 69 220d the bushings where the "trailing arm" (I don't know the correct nomenclature) bolts into frame affects steering./handling greatly. I have not replaced them yet, though they certainly are on my priority list, but I have been told by a very knowledgeable forum member that these bad rear bushings are central to my problem of having very poor steering control.
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Old 11-16-2005, 10:59 AM
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I think it's most discouraging to read about everyone's problems with getting their cars aligned properly. I have read countless threads on this forum about it, which makes me worry when it comes time for me to go through the same process. Thank goodness it seems straight now, but I can foresee in the future some balljoints or something and I hope and pray I can get it to drive straight afterward. Dangit how hard does it have to be? Why does it seem like no one can get this done right?
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Old 11-16-2005, 12:19 PM
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Swap the two front tires side to side and see if it pulls to the left. First thing I check after we do an alignment and it still pulls.
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Old 11-16-2005, 12:40 PM
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First, make sure that the car is still pulling right a flat road; i.e. no crown like the center lane of of 3 lanes.

Then, if swapping the tires does not change the pull to the right, there is a comment on this problem on the 124 CD under Group 40 Chassis Alignment, Programmed Repairs paraphrased as follows:

Complaint: Vehicle heads to the right on a flat road surface

Solution: Adjust Castor as follows: Left = 10 degrees; Right = 11 degrees

My '95 E320 wagon also pulls slightly right after a dealer alignment, and I suspect that the above would fix the issue as the solution makes good sense.
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Old 11-16-2005, 12:40 PM
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Will try the swap. Excellent idea. Will report tomorrow. Thanks.
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Old 11-17-2005, 09:59 AM
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switched tires

Switched front wheels and car still pulls to the right. Letting go of the wheel at around 30 mph really seems to demonstrate the pulling.
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Old 11-17-2005, 11:19 AM
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This will actually make things worse in the long run but your car might go straight: Put 40psi in the front right tire (or whatever tire it's pulling towards) and 30psi in the front left tire (or the tire opposite the side it's pulling towards).
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Old 11-17-2005, 12:57 PM
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since you proved its not a tire issue ....go back to the alignment shop...maybe they made a mistake....a car should not be pulling sudenly after getting an alignment.
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