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Old 07-02-2011, 01:55 PM   #1
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Just had alignment done - car still pulls to the right

Just had a 4 wheel alignment done at the dealer, hoping to eliminate the car wanting to drift to the right. Advisor said no problems with the suspension and alignment complete, but car still drifts to the right. There were a couple of items out of the ordinary. No Porsche techs were available so the work was done by an Audi tech. And they said the could not give me a print out of the alignment because they were having a problem with their printer. On my invoice, it does say the car was test driven and everything was okay. I did a search and there are a number of things that can cause this from tires to brake drag to worn CV joints. Can anyone recommend what I should tackle first, or shoud I complain to the dealer? Tires would be the logical first step but you can't rotate the tires on these cars. What to do, what to do. Oh, and it's an '03 base with 83K miles. And no, I haven't firgured out what's worng with my left turn signal either.

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Old 07-02-2011, 03:01 PM   #2
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Remember that all roads are crowned to shed water, which means the right side of the road slopes slightly to the right and the left to the left, which will cause your car to drift when you take your hands off the wheel. To test this get on a 2 lane freeway, the car should drift slightly to the right ion the right lsne and to the left in the left lane. If it doesn't, then something else (or the alignement) is off.
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Old 07-02-2011, 04:08 PM   #3
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Remember that all roads are crowned to shed water, which means the right side of the road slopes slightly to the right and the left to the left, which will cause your car to drift when you take your hands off the wheel. To test this get on a 2 lane freeway, the car should drift slightly to the right ion the right lsne and to the left in the left lane. If it doesn't, then something else (or the alignement) is off.
+1 Try driving on the same side of a deserted road both ways and see if the car follows the crown.
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Thanks for the responses. I'll give it a try. In theory it makes sense, but none of my other vehicles drift to the right.
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Thanks for the responses. I'll give it a try. In theory it makes sense, but none of my other vehicles drift to the right.
They must not be Porsches
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:56 PM   #6
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How hard is it pulling?. Most alignments are done so there is a 'safe' slight pull to the right but when I had mine done by an indy they did an assume job and it is perfect. Boxsters have just the right amount of caster and they track true and straight. I sure would have wanted a before and after printout, that's just not right.
Is it any better then it was? Also one other thing to check, I put Sumitomo tires on my Benz and the car had just been aligned with the original tires so I knew it tracked well, the Sumitomo tires pulled to the right...well guess what, when I reversed the front tires (right to left) it pulled the other way. What this means is one tire is bigger then then the other. I just love the tires but it has driven me nuts from day one, by the time I figured out what the problem actually was it really wasn't worth it to get my money back.
Are the tires directional or asymmetric, if asymmetric you can change sides on the front and see.

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