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Old 03-01-2007, 04:33 PM   #1
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my car is left of center, How about yours?

I purchased a new 07 zx4se two weeks ago Saturday. I am happy with the car except for the car pulling to the left. In my mind, when driving on a straight section of a four-lane highway the car should track straight and drift right due to the crown in the center of the roadway. My car pulls left instead. If allowed to remain uncorrected, it will completely cross the left lane of the highway. I have had the car back to the dealership, they checked alignment and done a four-wheel alignment. Car still pulls left. Service Manger said to bring car back in, they would check tire pressures and alignment data. He stated those were ok, He said he drove another 07 with 167 miles and it did the same thing. He said he would drive another one and let me know if it done it also. Next day, I followed up with him, he said the third one he drove done the same thing. He said he talked to a Ford engineer and the engineer said there had not been warranty issues with that problem. He said different states have diffferent road crown heights and Ford chooses a middle road setting. My problem with that conclusion is different road crown heights would only affect how quickly a vehicle might drift right due to the crown not left from the right lane. Any ideas or help will be appreciated. Also anyone else having similar problems or solved their problem like this


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Old 03-01-2007, 04:44 PM   #2
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Interesting topic. I know my old '02 ZX3 had a tedency to drift right (towards the curb), even after an alignment and new tires. The steering wheel was noticeably tilted slightly to the right when left alone on straight roads.

My new '02 ZX3 doesn't have that problem at all. I don't know if the steering of a Focus can really be calibrated by a mechanic (I'm guessing yes?), but that might be a possibility too. So yeah, definitely get that checked out.
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Old 03-01-2007, 05:00 PM   #3
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alignment

i have the same problem with both my 00durango and 04 SVTF. both pull or drift to the right, but i have very even tire wear and tire pressures are all good. i hate it cause my 00 durango will change lanes if you let go of the wheel, the focus not so bad. both are getting the alignment checked this month. keep us updated.
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Old 03-01-2007, 05:51 PM   #4
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the car is following the road crown. if you start seeing tire wear them your out of alignment. u should ge ta camber kit for the rear it helps. all cars will always have a pull but its small.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:15 PM   #5
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PM Mike... bsirsomething or another... (he'll probably show up in this thread sometime).

If anything, go to a custom alignment shop.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:24 PM   #6
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wow thats interesting, mine does that as well, but cuz i need alignment, maybe one of the arms up front is slightly angled to the left side, just enough for the car to pull to that side
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:40 PM   #7
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I do alignments for a living and have encountered vehicles that drift even though I have everything set pretty darn close to perfect.

In each case, swapping the tires from side to side cured the drift or created a drift to the other direction....which means it is the tires, not the car.

On directional tires, you are kind of screwed as you cannot swap from side to side. If yours are directionals, you could try swapping front to back or only one of each and see if things change.

The darn roads around SW PA are really bad for odd camber and just plain slanting which causes the car to want to 'fall down the hill' so to speak. Finding a truly flat and level road is a challenge and I have a section that I have found nearby that many 'problem' cars will track straight and true on. Nice to be able to check the work if things don't seem right.

One last thing....some people want to drive in a certain portion of the lane, and this can sometimes make a car pull differently as it rides on the crown. If all else fails, you might experiment with your lane positioning and see if you can find a place that it runs straight.
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Heheh, if you have access to an unused runway or tarmac that would be a great place to test it out (and for photo shoots). Depending on where you live, finding a perfectly flat road can be next to impossible. I think it's when the car tends to drift a certain direction, regardless of what the road is like, when you really notice there's a problem (also if the car finally goes straight when the road is moderately slanted in one direction).
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hmmm...interesting...hope you get this solved!
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There is a TSB out recently that may help.
07-04-02
2000-2007 FOCUS - PULL/DRIFT
SOME 2000-2007 FOCUS VEHICLES MAY EXHIBIT A LIGHT DRIFT/PULL CONCERN DUE TO FRONT SUBFRAME MISALIGNMENT. THIS PROCEDURE IS BEING PUBLISHED TO SUPPLEMENT THE WORKSHOP MANUAL, SECTIONS 204-00 & 502-00, ON SUSPENSION SYSTEM - GENERAL INFORMATION AND UNI-BODY, SUBFRAME AND MOUNTING SYSTEM, AND EXPLAIN HOW IT EFFECTS VEHICLE WHEEL ALIGNMENT ANGLES. PREVIOUS VEHICLE REPAIRS THAT REQUIRED FRONT SUBFRAME REMOVAL MAY REQUIRE THE SUBFRAME TO BE REALIGNED TO CORRECT LIGHT VEHICLE DRIFT/PULL CONDITIONS. ALIGN FRONT SUBFRAME TO CORRECT MISALIGNMENT, OPTIMIZE CAMBER AND CASTER ALIGNMENT ANGLES.

Go back to your dealer and show them this and have them check it
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