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Old 02-26-2004, 11:31 AM
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300E still wandering

my 300e is still drifting to the right and it's nearly driving me up the wall (literally).

I've had the steering damper & idler arm bushings replaced, and wheels balanced and a 4-wheel alignment done. After I had the alignment done it was still drifting a bit, and I was getting vibration- I then found out I had a bent wheel which my tech swapped with a rear one. the vibration got a lot better but the drift to the right seems like it's back again. I'm constantly driving with an inch or so adjustment of the wheel to the left, with the wheel feeling like it wants to 'center' back over tot he right.

even on a flat surface (such a parking lot) if I let go of the wheel it will wander off to the right so I don't think it's just the road surface.

Any ideas what might be going on here?

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Old 02-26-2004, 02:33 PM
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if your not experiencing any unusual tire wear it would be a case of too positive "caster".this car usuallly has negative caster.do you have the manufacturer recomended size tires/rims on the car?i found in the past that swithching to over size tires had this effect
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Old 02-26-2004, 03:21 PM
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Give us the final numbers from the alignment - front and rear. Can't solve problems without data!

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Old 02-26-2004, 03:52 PM
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Could be your tires. Happened to my father. 3 alignments at a dealer (#2 and #3 were free) still pulled. They swapped the front tires and pulled in the opposite direction. With all the time and effort spent on it, Michelin made good on the tire even though it was outside of warranty.

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