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Old 04-22-2010, 10:54 AM   #1
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hey guys im looking at this 04 sti right now, and it seems like its pulling to the right a little bit, any ideas what the problem could be?
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:14 AM   #2
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needs an alignment?
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:13 PM   #3
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thats what i was thinking since its not during braking or anything, just cruising. thanks for the input.
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Old 04-22-2010, 05:26 PM   #4
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My '05 sti pulls a little to the right too while crusing. I had the alignment checked and that wasn't the problem. Still pulls...
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Old 04-22-2010, 05:49 PM   #5
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theyre supposed to pull to the right a little.
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:20 PM   #6
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yea i did some research and it might be a worn steering rack bushing. or uneven treadwear, idk i dont want to buy this if it is puling at all.
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:37 PM   #7
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My '05 sti pulls a little to the right too while crusing. I had the alignment checked and that wasn't the problem. Still pulls...
It should always pull a little bit to the right over a distance because of the crown of the road. The freeway is a better place to test it as they are flatter.
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:37 PM   #8
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hey guys im looking at this 04 sti right now, and it seems like its pulling to the right a little bit, any ideas what the problem could be?

Perhaps it was in a wreck and not repaired properly. If the chassis is tweaked, you may never solve the problem.
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:04 PM   #9
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1. check ur tire pressure
2. tire wear
3. crown of road (drive on the oppisite side of the street and if your car pulls left then its the crown).
4. kick the fat chick outta the passenger seat.
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:36 PM   #10
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^ @ 4
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:37 PM   #11
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yea i did some research and it might be a worn steering rack bushing. or uneven treadwear, idk i dont want to buy this if it is puling at all.
ask teh guy if YOU can take it to an alignment shop and if it checks out you'll buy it (not really but that's the only way you can get him agree if he's not hiding any prior knowledge of damage)

If you don't tell him that you'll buy it, he just might not want to deal with going out of his way when other people will probably buy it.

Or you can check it yourself, check all the fender, bumper and door gaps. Look under the car and see if anything looks misaligned or and differences in gaps between the frame and subrame.

Look at the tires, if one of them is worn badly on the inside or outside then that is an indication of a problem, specially if they are on the back as they have rotated them to the back. If two tires are worn on the edges, but evenly between the two, then it could just be normal.

Pulling to the right is normal in AZ though, because we take some many long left turns and sharp right turns. That's how the tires will wear, combined with what fish said the crown of the road.

Could be simple low tire pressure, slow leak. But the flip side to that is, most people that take their cars in for regular service at a decent place, they will fill the air in the tires when they change oil or whatever. They would then tell the owner that one tire needed a lot of air and should be checked.
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:02 PM   #12
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Oh yea the guy seems legit, he's going to take it to an alignment shop to see if that's the issue and take care of it as I told him I'll buy it if that issue and a possible idler pulley going out are fixed. I'm just trying to figure what it could be since i used to have a 04 wrx and never had a pulling issue.
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:21 PM   #13
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pulling to one side is always alignment or tire issue
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:56 PM   #14
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pulling to one side is always alignment or tire issue
Or a tweaked chassis. I've driven behind cars that are going down the road sideways because of a terrible chassis repair. I mean I could see 1 inch of front tire and the side of the vehicle on the right side and nothing on the left.
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:26 AM   #15
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pulling to one side is always alignment or tire issue
wrong
pulling while accelerating or braking is a alignment or tire issure. a car can still pull with neither of those being the problem
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:52 AM   #16
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pulling to one side is always alignment or tire issue

I have nothing to add but funny how people chime in like this. Did you read any post in the thread at all? Are you contradicting what others are saying? Not trying to be an asshat.
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:05 AM   #17
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i find it funny too.. and considering that me and gormonk worked for SUBARU..... id probably have to side with what we say... lol if soa trusted us... than u should too.
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:14 AM   #18
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If it's pulling to the right only on acceleration, then it's most likely a low right tire pressure. If it pulls to the right all of the time, then it's possibly suspension/alignment issue.
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:17 AM   #19
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i find it funny too.. and considering that me and gormonk worked for SUBARU..... id probably have to side with what we say... lol if soa trusted us... than u should too.

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Old 04-24-2010, 01:29 PM   #20
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i was going to say "your mom does"

but i wont
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Old 04-24-2010, 02:28 PM   #21
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i find it funny too.. and considering that me and gormonk worked for SUBARU..... id probably have to side with what we say... lol if soa trusted us... than u should too.
wait didnt you get fired?
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:48 PM   #22
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ouch!
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