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Steering wheel "pulls" to the left ?

Has anyone noticed this with his/her car ? It is rather obvious with my car, especially when the tires are inflated to the eco (high) pressure. Not too much, but the car goes left on the straight road after 200 to 250 meters, when travelling at speeds around 100 km/hour.
 

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I had a similar thing happen many years ago on a brand new XR3i. I discovered that swapping the front wheels side-to-side made the car pull the opposite way, indicating that the tyres were the cause. The dealer fitted a new set of tyres of a different make under warranty and this solved the problem.
 

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It could well be the tyres, but it might be a good idea to make sure the wheels are balanced correctly..worse still, maybe the brakes are binding on that side.
Either way, I'd say go to your dealer.
 

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Went to the dealer, said that they effected only some absolutely minor changes to the alignment. Tyre pressures were very carefully checked, then test drove three other V40's besides mine. Behaviour was more or less the same, so I consider the problem solved. Mind you I only use Eco pressure, that is 38 on all tyres.
 

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raytint said:
Tyre pressures were very carefully checked, then test drove three other V40's besides mine. Behaviour was more or less the same, ...............
I wouldn't be happy if I had a car which pulled to one side ~ unless it was the camber of the road causing it. I'll see if I notice this characteristic when I test drive the T4 demonstrator which I've asked for.
 

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Yellowbelly said:
raytint said:
Tyre pressures were very carefully checked, then test drove three other V40's besides mine. Behaviour was more or less the same, ...............
I wouldn't be happy if I had a car which pulled to one side ~ unless it was the camber of the road causing it. I'll see if I notice this characteristic when I test drive the T4 demonstrator which I've asked for.
You are right, I omitted writing that there is no drag any more, most probably the camber affected all four cars the same. Eagerly willing to hear about the behaviour of your long sought demonstrator.
 

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raytint said:
Yellowbelly said:
raytint said:
Tyre pressures were very carefully checked, then test drove three other V40's besides mine. Behaviour was more or less the same, ...............

You are right, I omitted writing that there is no drag any more, most probably the camber affected all four cars the same. Eagerly willing to hear about the behaviour of your long sought demonstrator.
I'm please that your car has been sorted, but .............
........... if only minor changes to the alignment of the steering corrected the problem then it sounds as if it's likely that a minor misalignment will cause the problem. And this is substantiated by the fact that all three of the other V40s you drove had the problem. It's not unknown for certain models of car to be susceptible to a certain problem, and I wonder whether pulling to one side is a problem to which V40s are susceptible.

Correct me if I've misinterpreted anything you've said.
 

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Yellowbelly said:
raytint said:
Yellowbelly said:
raytint said:
Tyre pressures were very carefully checked, then test drove three other V40's besides mine. Behaviour was more or less the same, ...............

You are right, I omitted writing that there is no drag any more, most probably the camber affected all four cars the same. Eagerly willing to hear about the behaviour of your long sought demonstrator.
I'm please that your car has been sorted, but .............
........... if only minor changes to the alignment of the steering corrected the problem then it sounds as if it's likely that a minor misalignment will cause the problem. And this is substantiated by the fact that all three of the other V40s you drove had the problem. It's not unknown for certain models of car to be susceptible to a certain problem, and I wonder whether pulling to one side is a problem to which V40s are susceptible.

Correct me if I've misinterpreted anything you've said.
Let me try to sort things out, written communication is sometimes problematic!
1. Minor changes to the alignment means to me that actually no alteration was needed, or that changes were within provisioned tolerance gap (this means they were acceptable and it could be considered allowed not to effect them).
2. I am known as a perfection seeker, maybe someone else wouldn't even notice the problem! Others that tried the car (not the dealer's people) said it was perfect!
3. Before the V40 I owned a 1998 Peugeot 406. The car was heavier, larger in dimensions and, above all, had a pure hydraulic steering system, as this V40 has a hydraulic-electrically assisted, as long as I know. Hydraulic systems are better in directionality, and as I was used to it, expected something similar, if not better, from my new car. To tell you the truth, the Peugeot could go for more than 2 or 3 kms on straight course without even touching the steering wheel, sometimes this was scary.
4. I repeat, the problem vanishes totally when tyre pressure is set to 230 kPa, which is the normal pressure and not to 260 kPa (eco pressure).

Anyway thanks for the interest (and forgive my english, which may have done what I said a bit incomprehensible).
 

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raytint said:
Anyway thanks for the interest (and forgive my English, which may have done what I said a bit incomprehensible).
Thanks for the explanation. Inidentally, your English is well-nigh perfect and certainly better than that of most of my English acquaintances!
 

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Yellowbelly said:
raytint said:
Anyway thanks for the interest (and forgive my English, which may have done what I said a bit incomprehensible).
Thanks for the explanation. Inidentally, your English is well-nigh perfect and certainly better than that of most of my English acquaintances!
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