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Old 06-01-2002, 09:43 PM
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W126 pulls to right, not alignment problem

My 1990 560sel is pulling to the right. A front-end alignment didn't solve the problem. The inside of the right front tire is showing bad wear. All four tires match and have 60% tread remaining. It's not that noticeable until I get it up to 60+ mph then a noticeable vibration begins. If it's not an alignment problem, what else should I be looking for? (and how much will THAT cost?!) Thanks.
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Old 06-02-2002, 11:20 AM
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Try rotating the tires from to rear if you haven't done so allready.
Perhaps you have a pulled belt on one of the front tires causing it to pull to the right......or here's a better idea, replace the tire with bad inside wear with your spare & see what happens.

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Old 06-02-2002, 02:47 PM
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For diagnostic purposes switch the tires side to side in the front. If the car goes to the left you have found the problem (one or both of the front tires.

Rotating front to rear, probably will solve the problem, but I have seen many cars that aquire the same basic problems on the rear and bt doing the switch you are left still in the dark if you still have the pull. Going side to side leaves tires from the equation.

Nine of ten cars brought to me for alignment due to a pulling condition are due to the tires. Half of the tire problems come from alignment and or the remaining problem of POS tires.
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Old 06-03-2002, 04:31 PM
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....suggest having a qualified tech- - comprehensively review the chassis and suspension for 'worn' or 'excessive play' conditions- - often times older MBs need (upper/lower) control arm bushings (or the like)

...also at this time, you may wish to review the front calipers to ensure none are sticking/leaking

hope this helps
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PS- do check the easy stuff like the tire swapping as well
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Old 06-04-2002, 11:05 AM
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Yesterday I rotated the front tires at your suggestion. (That's what I like about this forum...lots of help when you need it!) But...the car still pulls to the right. So now, I've made an appointment for it it go into the shop for a chassis and suspension review. Naturally, the simple and inexpensive didn't work.
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1992 500E, pearl black, 27,000 original miles as of 7/2003.
1990 560 SEL, black pearl metallic, sweetness to drive. Fully outfitted with driving countermeasures (Beltronics radar/laser detector and Uniden BCT-12 Bear Tracker scanner).
1985 Porsche 911 meteor metalic gray, a rocket to drive.
1988 Chevy Silverado pick-up (gotta have something to drive to the rodeo!)
1978 Corvette Indy pace car for show
1971 Opel GT for sentimental reasons
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