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That symptom is most often caused by one or more loose parts under the front end of the car. Not knowing the year or model of the car, I'll speak in generalities.
Most common cause is one or more loose tie rod ends.
( If this is all greek to you, have someone show you what they are and where to find them.Find a garage or service station where you live and look under a car that has been raised up in the air on a hoist.)
Most cars have 4 tie rod ends, 2 inner and 2 outer. On some cars they are all visible, on some the two inner ones are really hard to see.
The way you can check them is this:
Park your car on level ground, and securely block the other 3 wheels than the one you are working on.
Jack up one front wheel so the tire is off the ground.
Select a strong person to shake the tire & wheel slowly from side to side, and have another person look carefully at the tie rod ends, looking for looseness and observing any "play". All the joints should be tight with very little movement.
Then, lower that side and go and try the same treatment to the other front wheel.
ALSO: Look at your front tires. The tread depth should be level and even, without a great difference in depth of tread on the inside and outside of each tire.
Tire worn badly on the inside or outside are telling you you have severe problems, just as I am talking about.
Other bad joints that can cause this are the "Pitman arm" or the "idler arm". If you car has a rack & pinion, it will not have the pitman arm or the idler arm.
Usually, the place that aligned you car should have checked all these parts and would not have performed the alignment if the parts were worn.
Posted on Jan 10, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I am not familiar with this particular car, but every car has a mechanical way of adjusting the steering linkage such that the steering wheel will be centered, even if this means removing the steering wheel and replacing it in the correct spot. A lot of VW's are done this way. What has happened with your car is simply laziness on the part of the technician. He could have insured that your steering wheel was straight through counter adjustments in the steering linkage and properly test driving the car. I do wheel alignments for a living and would never let a car go like this. Take it back, demand it be fixed properly, ask for a print-out of the alignment, if they can't provide a print-out, ask for your money back and take the car somewhere that can.
Posted on Apr 20, 2009
SOURCE: steering wheel is pulling to the right. At low speed (15 mi.) steering wheel moves at least 2 inch each way, car shakes when drives faster. Not a wheel or alignment problem. Could this be the drivesha
Sounds like you have a split belt on one of your front tires. Check this by jacking up car and support on stands. Spin tires by hand and look for uneven tire surface.
Posted on May 01, 2009
This sounds like tie rod ends are going out. Before you remove the old ones, mark on the threads where it currently is seated or you will throw it out of alingment when you put new ones on. You may need to borrow or buy the tool for poping out the tie rod end. They aren't a big deal to change if you have some basic tools and sometimes you don't need the wedge tool either. Once you get the old one out, try moving it around. If it is real loose and moves easily, thats your problem. But the swaying you are describing sound like this is the problem. Could be you steering control arms as well but because the inside of the tires are worn I doubt it.
Posted on Oct 12, 2009
The specs are what the manufacturer recommends for the vehicle when it leaves the factory. However that means with the original tires and condition. The caster is not adjustable on a Corolla, so if the vehicle pulls even with the tires switched, there is a possibility there is damage to the strut or steering parts. However, before changing anything, check all tire pressures and make sure the brakes are in good condition. A brake that is not releasing properly will cause a pull to that side. Individual toe is rather meaningless - the total toe is what is measured. You have no king pins on a Toyota so you will not have KPI.
Posted on Jan 15, 2010
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