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Old 08-03-2005, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default New tires mounted...alignment totally off, whats going on?

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I just got a set of Goodyear F1 GS-D3s mounted. My alignment was perfect before I got them mounted, driving with the new tires on I immediately noticed the car pulling hard to the right. I have to hold the steering wheel about 20 degrees to the left to get the car to go straight. Can anyone explain this? Can new tires throw off the alignment by this much?Did the tire place somehow damage my STi when mounting my tires? Any help would be really appreciated

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Old 08-03-2005, 11:12 PM   #2
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tire place?? did they balance them??
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yes they did.

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You might have a tire pull issue. You could try switching the 2 front wheels and go for a test drive. The tire rotation will be backwards but it's ok for testing purposes.

I would take it back to the shop if that's where you bought the tires from. They should replace the defective tire(s) for you.
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your best bet is to bring it back to the shop and tell them that the alignment is off and to correct it.
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thanks for all of your advice guys. i found a decent tech article on tirerack.com and will ask tire rack for a refund for the tires

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thanks for all of your advice guys. i found a decent tech article on tirerack.com and will ask tire rack for a refund for the tires
whoa whoa... at least try a couple things before you go sending tires back; I would say a defective tire is the least likely culprit.

A) check the tire pressure. First thing to check if you have a pull, if one is low it will make a huge difference.

B) go back to the shop that mounted them, have them look at it. (you ordered the tires from Tirerack, and had them mounted somewhere else? Or did you order a tire/rim combo premounted?) If the problem is that obvious and they messed something up w/the alignment the shop should have no problem fixing it. Or swap wheels yourself like esteve said to see if the pull changes.

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