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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:24 pm 
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Hi,
I have 1994, 3cyl, 5spd man. The car pulls to the right sometimes, but not all of the time.
I had a shop install outer tie rods, and one inner tie rod that was bad and then an alignment. All four tires are good and properly balanced.
The axles were replaced about 1-2 years ago with rebuilt ones. The boots are still good and they make no noise.
There is no noise when turning the wheel to either side or going over bumps, etc. The car actually drives and feels great.
The problem I am experiencing is that if I turn onto a road with a right hand 90 degree corner the car will want to pull right and not drive true.
However, if I make a left hand 90 degree corner onto a road the car will drive true.
Not sure how to diagnose this. Could this be a ball joint? Or perhaps the steering gear?
I would appreciate any suggestions on how to diagnose this.
Thank you.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:01 am 
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Everything is new on mine and I have the same issue. I am taking it back tomorrow for a recheck, also the steering wheel is off to the left and driving me nuts. I need that done as well.

Have you swapped the front and rear wheels to see if maybe it could be a tire/wheel combo causing this? I have with no change at all. Sometimes it works.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:45 am 
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brake calipers hanging up ???

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:50 am 
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Torq steer?
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I have a Turbo sprint and when I get on it hard it pulls to the right
drives normal. steers straight, stops straight no shake
only when I got on it hard it pulls to the right .......Torq steer?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:02 pm 
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Hi.
Quick up update that I finally figured out the problem was one (or both?) of the front upper strut mounts were worn and binding slightly.
Mystery to me why it only was happening when turning one direction and not the other and why they were not making noise.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:51 pm 
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So I finally got around to replacing the front strut mounts. The
symptoms were getting worse.

I had a shop estimate the cost of new struts. They wanted 1400. Uh, its not
that complicated. They marked up the parts more than double what I was able
to get them.

I ordered the mount "kit" from monroe. It has the mount and a bearing. It is
missing a few parts that really should have been included.

I get my strut apart only to find that the spacer is completely missing and
thus the bearing is completely destroyed.

Unfortunatly the genius at Monroe didn't bother to put in a spacer.

Lucky for me (I thought) I recently got a parts car that the previous owner
had taken to a shop for new struts. The reason I did not just bolt
those on my car to begin with is the brackets for the brake lines were
incorrect and the brake line had to be zip-tied. Must have been for a
different car altogether. There were 2 brake line brackets both were way too high up on
the strut to fit the brake line. Anyways, much to my dismay upon disassembly
of the new strut I found not only the bearing but also the washers were destroyed and the
elusive spacer was of course missing as well.

So I'm now very glad my shop quote was too expensive. I'm sure they would just
bolt it together with the "kit" from Monroe and be oblivious to the fact that
there were parts missing and thus a complete waste like the new struts on my
parts car. Gotta love ASE...

So I did some searching online just to give up. Spacers are apparently
non-existant. I did find somewhere that supposedly a 98+ plastic part that
combines the spacer, both washers, and the bearing can be used on earlier
cars. Not sure if that is true and I don't have the time wait a week for
shipping just to see if it would work or not. Plus I'm not too keen on
plastic parts anyways.

So I went to ACE and found some flange bushings that were a close fit. Just
took a few minutes on the bench grinder and the result is apparently better
than new. I bet next time I take the strut apart my spacer will not be
missing!


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