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Old 11-15-2012, 07:33 AM   #1
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weird pulling issue

So wondered if anyone had any ideas on this.

Car goes to the dealer every 6 months and gets the tires rotated and realigned if needed.

Since I got the car it has always done something funny. It pulls to the right for a short period then will pull to the left and sometimes won't pull at all.

I would have said alignment except that it keeps switching sides and sometimes doesn't do it.

I can be driving down straight flat road and have it start pulling to the right and then out of nowhere starts pulling left.

Thanks in advance.
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So wondered if anyone had any ideas on this.

Car goes to the dealer every 6 months and gets the tires rotated and realigned if needed.

Since I got the car it has always done something funny. It pulls to the right for a short period then will pull to the left and sometimes won't pull at all.

I would have said alignment except that it keeps switching sides and sometimes doesn't do it.

I can be driving down straight flat road and have it start pulling to the right and then out of nowhere starts pulling left.

Thanks in advance.
I have noticed the same. Sometimes I feel like I have to fight the wheel just to drive straight on seemingly flat roads, and other times it's perfectly fine. The car just seems to respond to the grooves in the road more than cars I've driven in the past. IMO I don't believe there is anything wrong with your car, it's just extremely sensitive to grooves and slope of roads.
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I have noticed the same. Sometimes I feel like I have to fight the wheel just to drive straight on seemingly flat roads, and other times it's perfectly fine. The car just seems to respond to the grooves in the road more than cars I've driven in the past. IMO I don't believe there is anything wrong with your car, it's just extremely sensitive to grooves and slope of roads.
I just guess cause of having driven other cars it throws me off.

I just a 2004 350Z, my uncles, for about a month, and I thought they were more sensitive than the mustang and it didn't so this. If others are having this problem tho, then I am not terribly worried about it.
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Happens to me to, I know it's partially my tires, the tread pattern pulls on imperfection in the road, and I also can't help but wonder is part of that is the EPAS
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Yea it's weird, most cars might pull the same but are easy to hold the wheel straight, where as this car you fight to go straight. Definitely know exactly what you're saying, but wait to see what others say. Maybe I'll find out we are the ones with a problem.

I've never had the steering set to comfort mode, maybe that's why?
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could be bumpsteer (tires following road/bumps) does it do it on nice new paved roads or just crappy ones (same area same type of motion etc)
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could be bumpsteer (tires following road/bumps) does it do it on nice new paved roads or just crappy ones (same area same type of motion etc)
Yeah does it on new paved roads. Only when going highway speeds tho.
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Hmm I'm subscribed. My 06 does this. I always thought something was wrong, but Ford couldn't find anyrthing. Glad to see that newer owners are having this issue.

I almost think it has something to do with the road. It seems to me the paving quality of new roads has gone down.
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I'd be interested to know if people who have done aftermarket suspensions have this problem? If not then it will definitely be on my to do list.
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I would guess it to be in the electronic steering control. Generally these also have to be aligned electronically but the code link is not currently available or it does not require it. I'm only guessing a problem in your steering module or electric gear because it is changing direction on you and only happening at high speed suggests a very small change in angle.
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My car does something similar! Every once in a while ill get on the highway and speed up quickly to merge with traffic and all of a sudden I feel the car quickly pull to the left then to the right back and forth. It feels like the brakes between the right and left are being applied left then right back and forth for about 10-15 seconds. It's gets a little scary! Any one have this happen to them?
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I'd be interested to know if people who have done aftermarket suspensions have this problem? If not then it will definitely be on my to do list.
Technical Service Bulletin Summary | Safercar.gov | NHTSA

I don't have the number but this is a summary of one of the TSB's for the 2011/2012. I don't know if you fit in this category though.
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Technical Service Bulletin Summary | Safercar.gov | NHTSA

I don't have the number but this is a summary of one of the TSB's for the 2011/2012. I don't know if you fit in this category though.
Said race tires. I have the stock 18" rims with the stock pirellies.
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Said race tires. I have the stock 18" rims with the stock pirellies.
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I am ashamed
Haha wheels will come with time. Been doing other mods first. . I want to get some 19" rims with nitto 05 tires. Just won't be good for winters here.
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So wondered if anyone had any ideas on this.

Car goes to the dealer every 6 months and gets the tires rotated and realigned if needed.

Since I got the car it has always done something funny. It pulls to the right for a short period then will pull to the left and sometimes won't pull at all.

I would have said alignment except that it keeps switching sides and sometimes doesn't do it.

I can be driving down straight flat road and have it start pulling to the right and then out of nowhere starts pulling left.

Thanks in advance.
My car does the same thing. Especially bad on road with high traffic from big rigs. It's not uncommon. My 300zx did the same thing.

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So wondered if anyone had any ideas on this.

Car goes to the dealer every 6 months and gets the tires rotated and realigned if needed.

Since I got the car it has always done something funny. It pulls to the right for a short period then will pull to the left and sometimes won't pull at all.

I would have said alignment except that it keeps switching sides and sometimes doesn't do it.

I can be driving down straight flat road and have it start pulling to the right and then out of nowhere starts pulling left.

Thanks in advance.
All roads, even highways have some slope to them for drainage reasons.
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I have noticed this too. I have never owned a car that took this much work to drive straight.
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I have noticed this too. I have never owned a car that took this much work to drive straight.
Lol
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I have noticed this too. I have never owned a car that took this much work to drive straight.
Glad to see it isn't just me. Doesn't bother me so much now.
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Glad to see it isn't just me. Doesn't bother me so much now.
The wider your tires are the more you will notice it.
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Think of a skateboarder on a 1/2 pipe. Gravity will pull him down into the middle of the bowl/pipe. When the edge of your tire goes up the side of the groove in the road, gravity is gonna wanna pull your tire down into the middle. Chances are, the other side is in a groove also, so they are fighting back and forth which is why it seems like something is wrong with the front end and you're fighting to keep straight
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Think of a skateboarder on a 1/2 pipe. Gravity will pull him down into the middle of the bowl/pipe. When the edge of your tire goes up the side of the groove in the road, gravity is gonna wanna pull your tire down into the middle. Chances are, the other side is in a groove also, so they are fighting back and forth which is why it seems like something is wrong with the front end and you're fighting to keep straight
Yeah I get what you are saying, but my friends 1986 5.0 doesn't do this. I haven't driven it just from asking him I know it doesn't, also my uncles 350Z I drove for a month straight never did it.

My 1970 chevelle SS I sold didn't do this, my 2007 tundra I had didn't do this, my moms 2004 sienna doesn't do this.

Just my mustang haha.
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Yeah I get what you are saying, but my friends 1986 5.0 doesn't do this. I haven't driven it just from asking him I know it doesn't, also my uncles 350Z I drove for a month straight never did it.

My 1970 chevelle SS I sold didn't do this, my 2007 tundra I had didn't do this, my moms 2004 sienna doesn't do this.

Just my mustang haha.
My 90 240sx, 93 300zx, 94 sn95 all did it and my 08 gt does it too. I hate it. But such is life lol
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My 90 240sx, 93 300zx, 94 sn95 all did it and my 08 gt does it too. I hate it. But such is life lol
Yeah haha. Like I said before tho, if it isn't just me I am okay with it because then I know I don't have to fight on a warranty claim.

I do hate driving on the bridges over the Ohio river tho because I have to grip the steering wheel with both hands not to slam into the side walls or traffic haha.

But as you said, such is life.
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Yeah haha. Like I said before tho, if it isn't just me I am okay with it because then I know I don't have to fight on a warranty claim.

I do hate driving on the bridges over the Ohio river tho because I have to grip the steering wheel with both hands not to slam into the side walls or traffic haha.

But as you said, such is life.
Lol what part of Ohio? I loved just north of Youngstown, Oh for 16 years till I moved back home to Baton Rouge in 2009
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Lol what part of Ohio? I loved just north of Youngstown, Oh for 16 years till I moved back home to Baton Rouge in 2009
I live in Wyoming technically. But Cincinnati is the major city. I work in Florence so I get to make that fun 40 min too and 40 min back to work everyday.

Been through Youngstown, it is a nice town, just kinda in the middle of nowhere. Means you can probably have more fun with your car though. I go up into Loveland/morrow Ohio a lot because I can drive her as loud as I want and no one cares.
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I live in Wyoming technically. But Cincinnati is the major city. I work in Florence so I get to make that fun 40 min too and 40 min back to work everyday.

Been through Youngstown, it is a nice town, just kinda in the middle of nowhere. Means you can probably have more fun with your car though. I go up into Loveland/morrow Ohio a lot because I can drive her as loud as I want and no one cares.
Lol Youngstown is the armpit of America. In 2008, I went from working 6-7 days a week to scrounging for work. y-town is kinda run down. Old steel town. They wanted to get a NASCAR track brought into Vienna, oh, but they turned it down. That would brought lots of new money to that tri county area.
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Lol Youngstown is the armpit of America. In 2008, I went from working 6-7 days a week to scrounging for work. y-town is kinda run down. Old steel town. They wanted to get a NASCAR track brought into Vienna, oh, but they turned it down. That would brought lots of new money to that tri county area.
Yeah that is kinda silly. That sounds about the last time I was up there. Seemed to be as you said run down, lots of places closed and out of business.

You do have the most amazing ice cream place up there tho. That was really the only reason I went through that area. That and surprisingly there are a lot of cute girls up there in the middle of nowhere
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Yeah that is kinda silly. That sounds about the last time I was up there. Seemed to be as you said run down, lots of places closed and out of business.

You do have the most amazing ice cream place up there tho. That was really the only reason I went through that area. That and surprisingly there are a lot of cute girls up there in the middle of nowhere
Lol let me guess, "Handles Ice Cream"?
There are alot of nice women up there. But Southern women ROCK!!
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Lol let me guess, "Handles Ice Cream"?
There are alot of nice women up there. But Southern women ROCK!!
I do believe that was the place. Forgot the name tho haha.

Dk about southern women. I hear they are amazing but we don't get them in Cincinnati haha. Cincinnati women are terrible.
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I do believe that was the place. Forgot the name tho haha.

Dk about southern women. I hear they are amazing but we don't get them in Cincinnati haha. Cincinnati women are terrible.
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Drove around in both comfort and standard steering modes. The problem basically goes away. Sport is like fighting a bull, but the other two modes are much easier to drive straight.
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Drove around in both comfort and standard steering modes. The problem basically goes away. Sport is like fighting a bull, but the other two modes are much easier to drive straight.
I don't have those modes on my base model. I don't think? If i do I dk how too.
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With the steering asst magnifies the groves in the roads.. That's why you notice it so much more.
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I don't have those modes on my base model. I don't think? If i do I dk how too.
IIRC, it's new in the '13. I have a base GT & have the three mode EPAS. Switched to sport for autocross which was nice, then back to standard for the drive home.
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