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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Unexplained tire wear and pulling

Hello, all. I have a mystery issue with my 2005 Taurus SEL wagon I'm hoping someone can help me diagnose.

Last year a car ran a stop sign and I fairly solidly hit a curb with the right front tire to avoid a collision. I was going roughly 15mph when I hit the curb.

Here's what it's doing:
--pulls to the right at any speed
--if i accelerate hard from a stop it will immediately try to pull right
--the inside of both front tires wear the inner 1/3 of the tread heavily first
--if I firmly brake the car does not pull to either side and keeps a straight course
--the car does not shutter or shake at any speed and drives perfectly except for pulling to the right

I've taken the car for an alignment twice and both times was told it is perfectly aligned. I can't locate any damage in the front suspension and neither could the tire shop where it was aligned twice. Since I hit the curb I have also replaced both front springs/struts due to maintenance.

Any idea as to what could be causing the right pull and the fast inside tire wear?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 03:33 PM
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my 2006 Taurus pulls to the right a alot also. When i first got the car, i had a wheel alignment and it helped. After about a year, it was back to pulling to the right. I swapped the tires a few weeks ago and it helped alot, still pulls a little to the right, but only about 10% of what it did before I changed the tires. How old are your tires?
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Find a reputable shop who knows what they are doing, not some tire store.

You likely have a bent control arm or other bent / damaged suspension component.
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(...) How old are your tires?
When I first noticed the front tires were bald on the inside I had two new ones put on and got an alignment. Now about 5k miles later the brand new tires are showing the same wear.

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Find a reputable shop who knows what they are doing, not some tire store.

You likely have a bent control arm or other bent / damaged suspension component.
I'll check and see if I can see any bent components. I'm tempted to replace the passenger side inner & outer tie rods and the control arm as I can do all of that for less than $75. But would bent suspension components on the passenger side cause the tires on both sides to wear like that?
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If you have bent components, can't see how it can be "perfectly aligned"...
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Time for another alignment shop. I've been burnt by shops also, I don't have an alignment rack at home so I'm at their mercy BUT I spread the getting ripped off news far and wide when the ''imaginary'' alignment as been done.
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^ jt, I like your idea of replacing tie rods/lower control arm since you've already replaced the strut/coil assy. I just went through this on the youngest son's '16 Chevy Impala Limited. It took replacing the rf wheel bearing/hub assy., quickstrut and outer tierod end. In hindsight, I probably should have checked/replaced the inner tierod and lower control arm, but afterward, it "aligned perfectly", lol.
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^ jt, I like your idea of replacing tie rods/lower control arm since you've already replaced the strut/coil assy. I just went through this on the youngest son's '16 Chevy Impala Limited. It took replacing the rf wheel bearing/hub assy., quickstrut and outer tierod end. In hindsight, I probably should have checked/replaced the inner tierod and lower control arm, but afterward, it "aligned perfectly", lol.
I probably should have mentioned that I replaced the ball joints the same time I did the struts.

I'll be able to check it out tomorrow morning, but if nothing is obvious then I'm leaning towards replacing those couple of parts and see what happens.
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Autocheck/Carfax had mentioned the son's car had incurred a "minor" rf impact before he purchased it. At ~40k mi. rf hub/bearing assy. began to chirp. I replaced it with Moog. Front tire wear accelerated. Firestone told him it couldn't be aligned w/o replacing the quickstrut and outer tierod. I did the work and you could visibly see the "minor" bend/curve in the old quickstrut, lol.
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