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Old 10-07-2012, 06:28 AM   #21
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It's a FWD car with a reasonable amount of power...it'll pull under acceleration.
Does YOURS do this?

Like I said, I drive FWD cars all the time. I have also driven toyota corolla's and kias, along with every previous gen focus.

None of them experience this issue to this degree.

The wheel will be held STRAIGHT and the car is suddenly driving to the right.

and although much less, while driving straight at speed, it will continue to pull to the right. I take note of other cars on the road and they are maintaining their path perfectly, except for me who keeps going to the right.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:22 AM   #22
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Yes, my car pulls to the right when I accelerate.

As has every other FWD car I've driven.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:26 AM   #23
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Has the REAR suspension, bearings and brakes been checked? It's a long shot, but there may be issues with the rear affecting the handling and steering. That could cause pulling and ride height but feel like it is coming from the front. Do you use the parking brake? May be sticking, or stabilizer bar is loose, Bad bearings etc. One other thing is the motor mounts, that could cause lean through torque and pulling, also thunking noises, vibration and so forth.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:10 AM   #24
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Has the REAR suspension, bearings and brakes been checked? It's a long shot, but there may be issues with the rear affecting the handling and steering. That could cause pulling and ride height but feel like it is coming from the front. Do you use the parking brake? May be sticking, or stabilizer bar is loose, Bad bearings etc. One other thing is the motor mounts, that could cause lean through torque and pulling, also thunking noises, vibration and so forth.

No the rear has not been checked. I do not have a difference in ride height and I do not use the parking brake, nor do I have any thunking/clunking or vibration.

As a side note, I had my rear swaybar replaced with the Steeda bar, and I have had the rear motor mount replaced with the MS3 RMM.


This pull is definitely not normal. I have never driven a car that does this. Yes I know sometimes they tend to pull but definitely not as much and as often as this.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:28 AM   #25
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Has the REAR suspension, bearings and brakes been checked? It's a long shot, but there may be issues with the rear affecting the handling and steering. That could cause pulling and ride height but feel like it is coming from the front. Do you use the parking brake? May be sticking, or stabilizer bar is loose, Bad bearings etc. One other thing is the motor mounts, that could cause lean through torque and pulling, also thunking noises, vibration and so forth.
thanks will have suggest to dealer don't know what all they checked( bad shop layout can't see much didn't put anything on paperwork),you could be right sometimes hear a very quiet clunk/creeking noise on right rear side thought caused by front end problems guess it could be the other way around
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:32 PM   #26
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This pull is definitely not normal. I have never driven a car that does this. Yes I know sometimes they tend to pull but definitely not as much and as often as this.
have any other of the FWD cars you've driven had 160HP? i have noticed this as normal on hard acceleration on every FWD car I have driven.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:19 PM   #27
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have any other of the FWD cars you've driven had 160HP? i have noticed this as normal on hard acceleration on every FWD car I have driven.
Like I said..maybe not 160hp..but a lot of cars in this segment...Toyota Corollas, Nissan Altimas (older gens), Kia Forte's and Honda Civics.

My family owns a Corolla and Forte which I have driven numerous times.

I am starting to think the real issue is after getting the new steering rack, the steering is much more loose. Is this how it is supposed to be? Before with my old rack the steering was VERY tight/heavy. It took a lot to get the car to move left or right, opposed to now where the car is easily moved by imperfections in the road. A lot of people don't like heavy steering like that..but I do.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:54 PM   #28
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I think its called Torque Steer:
http://answers.edmunds.com/question-...-steer-62.aspx

Could be they need to adjust something else when they replaced the steering rack?
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I think its called Torque Steer:
http://answers.edmunds.com/question-...-steer-62.aspx

Could be they need to adjust something else when they replaced the steering rack?
My major beef is this pulling/torque steer was not as noticible/severe with my old steering rack as I have previously mentioned. The steering is very loose and easily compromised by potholes and bumps in the road. My previous rack would mostly keep the car straight over small imperfections unlike this one.

I may just have to get used to it unfortunately.
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check that the bolt is tight from the steering shaft to the rack. If that bolt isn't very tight you will have play in the steering wheel and could cause it to drift more.
I took that apart on my last car to drop the cradle and while the bolt was tight it still wasn't tight enough. That was also a front wheel drive car with 300hp, so it was a little fussy compared to the focus.
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