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Old 10-11-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Car pulls both ditrections

I hit a large pot hole in the road the other day and thankfully I didn't do any body damage. However I notice now the car pulls both directions. I took it to the dealership and they are saying it's a bad tire does that make sense it has had the same tires since I bought the car and I have 2,400 miles on it.


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Old 10-11-2012, 10:13 AM   #2
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If you hit it hard enough sure it's possible. You could've broken the belt, ruptured a layer of rubber so you have air leaking in to your sidewalls, etc. I would have it replaced ASAP. Damaged tires aren't anything to play around with.
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Have them show you the damage. Tires are pretty resilient, I'd expect a hard hit to damage the suspension before rupturing a tire, I feel like you'd see the tire flattening/hear it leaking if it ruptured.
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Not if it only ruptured an inner layer. You'll only hear leaking if it's actually escaping the seal. It's possible to pinch the rubber between the rim [of the wheel] and asphalt. Check for sidewall bubbles. Did they check the wheel to see if it's still true?
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Not if it only ruptured an inner layer. You'll only hear leaking if it's actually escaping the seal. It's possible to pinch the rubber between the rim [of the wheel] and asphalt. Check for sidewall bubbles. Did they check the wheel to see if it's still true?
True, didn't really think of that.
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You could also rotate the tires, front to back, and see if that changes, fixes, or moves the problem to the back.
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Tires are not perfectly round, they all have a certain amount of conicity (think of a styrafoam coffee cup). From the factory the conicity is matched to minimize pull, like the skinny end of each tire will be on the inside so no pulls.

You damaged one so that has an overshadowing influence. Do you notice any vibration at high speed tha wasn't there before? That would be another indicator of a tire that has a belt problem.
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Tires are not perfectly round, they all have a certain amount of conicity (think of a styrafoam coffee cup). From the factory the conicity is matched to minimize pull, like the skinny end of each tire will be on the inside so no pulls.
What about directional tires? There is no "inside" or "outside" to a directional.
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Well they told me it was a tire issue but couldn't actually take a look at it for at least another week. I don't see any visible signs of damage on the tires and I've only been doing in town driving but haven't noticed any vibration at 45mph. I also just checked the tires again they seem to be holding at 35 psi so I don't think they are leaking anywhere.
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What about directional tires? There is no "inside" or "outside" to a directional.
Tire mfgs measure each tire, then assy plant matches them up accordingly so you get 2 cones pointing to inside of car or 2 cones pointing to outside of car. Either way this minimizes pull due to the tire conicity.
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