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steering wheel pulls to the right HELP!

Hi,

I am having some problems with my steering wheel.
Today i was driving and i noticed my steering wheel was
pulling to the right, pulling like qwick pulsating,
but only to the right. It is not too much though,
but it never happened before.
I can not blame the pavement, because it happens
on smooth roads as well. Mostly it happens when i am not pushing accelerator, after i let go the pedal it makes some pulsating.
I do not think it is brakes either. I visually checked the tires they seem ok.

Anybody with some experince please help.

Thanks.

DX, 230k Miles (02/04/06), CAI, 2nd Gen Alloy Wheels.
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that kinda looks like a haiku, get an alignment
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It does not pull like the car with allignment problem, it is like jerking to the right. I mean when i hold the steering wheel it jerks to the right quickly, and not as bad as it will come off my hands, but it jerks. Sometimes it happens if the pavment has some cracks, but now it happens at any pavement.
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I would guess it's either one of your upper strut mounts or a bad tie rod. Warped brake rotors can cause a pull but that would be obvious under braking. Check to see you're not missing any wheel weights also.
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yeah, i would say a broken tie rod as well, or some other major suspension piece.

i'd also get the wheels balanced and an alignment, those also being the cheaper of the 3, and the alignment would tell you what was bad if you can't find anything.

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HI,

thanks for the replies, i will check the car out on Saturday, hopefully it is not very complicated fix.

Yesterday before driving the car back home i bounced it up and down, bounced by pushing the tire. The drive was smooth again, but after i stoped to pick up my wife, and started driving again the problem was back.

I also thought maybe the power steering is the problem, maybe it has some kind of mulfunction and tries to go right.

The symptoms are the same when i push accelerator nothing happens, when i let go accelerator or start pushing it again it happens.

Thanks for replies, by the way i drove 50 miles with that problem yesterday, hopefully it did not brake smth else.

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I forgot to ask could it be a wheel bearing, maybe it is broken into some pieces or smth.

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An alignment is always a good place to start. Obvious things would be as previously mentioned. Jack the car up, then check the tie rod end for wear along with inspecting the top strut mount.
An out of round, unbalanced, damaged tire or rim could be the culprit. Try rotating the tires.

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I forgot to ask could it be a wheel bearing, maybe it is broken into some pieces or smth.

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no, a bad wheel bearing won't make the car pull that drastic, just vibrate under acceleration and have a loud hum or rubbing. it can feel like a unbalanced wheel and drift slowly to one side, but not pull hard really like you say it is. the way you are describing things it's a bad suspension component like a broken tire rod, or end link. i doubt it is a power steering problem, never heard of that unless it is a faulty gear box.

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check your axles. I had one with a torn boot (left side) and kept putting it off till my car started jerking to the left suddenly. The axle was binding causing that wheel to slow down. I didn't fix it till it was shaking the wheel so bad I could barely keep it in a straight line.
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johnybgoode is right . check your tires.crapy tires will do that too. check the wear on your tires. i had some GoodYear's on my Buick that were pulling to the right even after i PAID 70 $ for an alignment.

I hate Tire places .They will eat ..... if they have to, just to lure you in bying an alignment.
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Yeah, i would say strut mount, tie rod, or alignment. Maybe all of the above? I had a broken upper strut mount and mine pulled to the right. But, not like you are describing. It didnt try to jerk out of my hands. It wouldnt hurt to replace the tie rod ends, either. Mine were screwed at 110k miles. Their not too expensive and not too much work.

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