Pulling on highway?
New owner of a 2011 Taurus here. It is a SEL that I picked up from a Ford dealer used with about 15000 miles on it (24000km to me). I absolutely love this car... Its my first Ford (after a bunch of GMs and Hondas) and I think it is the nicest sedan I've ever driven.
Anyway, when I first picked it up I started to notice after about a day that it seemed to be pulling slightly to the right... Mainly noticeable on the highway if I let go of the wheel for a bit, but also in the city. I found that to drive straight that I would have to hold the wheel slightly to the left. I felt that in the slow lane or on a regular road it pulled right... and then in the fast lane on the highway it pulled left slightly, which I figured was to do with the crown of the road.
So I took it back to Ford and they did a 4 wheel alignment for free. From what I can read on the invoice, it looks like they did the alignment and centered the steering wheel, it still pulled right, so they swapped the tires and adjusted the "toe" of the left front wheel.
Right away the car seemed to drive perfect on all roads... The steering wheel seems perfectly straight when I am driving straight, and it seems to track pretty straight on most roads even when I let go of the wheel... BUT, now in the FAST (left) lane of the highway, it seems to drift faster to the left than it did before... Not horribly, but if I let go of the wheel in the fast lane on a straight stretch of highway it moves left pretty quick and I have to correct it in 3-5 seconds... It seems to track pretty well in the slow lane and on regular city streets though.
Should I be worried about this? What could be a possible cause? Or is it normal with the road crowning and I am just over thinking it because it is a new car and I noticed the original problem in the first place? I am wondering if maybe there is something bent/broken in the steering system, or a problem with the tire, etc. I would assume that if there was they would have noticed it during the alignment but then again it was from the dealer I bought it from so who knows if they would be up front about it.
Here is the exact wording from the invoice in case that helps:
Complaint: Customer says vehicle wanders right and has to drive with steering wheel off center - left. Check alignment specs.
Correction: Required. Left front toe'd in.
Then below that it says this:
Complaint: Align wheels. Center steering wheel. Check for proper tire pressure. Check steering components.
Correction: 4 wheel align. Still drifts right. Switched front tires 0.3 R/T OK.
Last edited by whistler; 11-20-2012 at 05:48 PM.