After 600 miles new Outback pulls to the right

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by LB, Oct 4, 2004.

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    LB Guest

    If I let go a wheel at 65mpg, car would right away drift to the right lane.
    The effect much less pronounced at 35 mph. This is a new car with only 600
    miles on it.
    Should I take it to the dealer immediately or wait till first oil change (or
    it will chew up tires)?
    Is it a wheel alignment problem?

    Tire pressure was checked
    LB, Oct 4, 2004
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    John Guest

    Same thing on 2004 Outback, except drift was to the left.
    Dealer set tire pressure from 32 to 35 and it help a lot but I'll have it
    checked again a the 3000 mark.

    Thanks, John
    John, Oct 4, 2004
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    Road camber will cause drifting. When safe drive on wrong side of the road
    to check.
    Edward Hayes, Oct 4, 2004
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    LB Guest

    Yes I did. I checked on multiple roads, in multiple lanes. Not the road
    camber for sure.
    I am not sure how equal tire pressure in all tires can affect a drift
    LB, Oct 4, 2004
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    Jim Stewart Guest

    Check the tire pressure and test-drive again.
    It can make a difference. With the AWD, you
    should get into the habbit of eyeballing the
    tires every fillup and checking the pressure
    every month or so.

    If it still pulls, it's broke. Take it to the
    dealer. BTW, my '99 Outback is the *only*
    vehicle that I've ever owned that didn't need
    periodic alignment. It's got 101k miles on it,
    has never been aligned and drives straight as
    an arrow with no tire wear issues. Make them
    fix yours so it's as good as mine.
    Jim Stewart, Oct 4, 2004
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    ismlv Guest

    I've got a 99 SUS Ltd that has never once been aligned either. Just crossed the 90K mark and got just over 60K on my first set of tires.
    Never had a wearing problem and I have the tire rotated regularly. I also check the pressure every Monday nite since I travel for work
    Tuesday and Wednesday so I'm a bit neurotic about it. At any rate, during big check ups, I always remind my dealer NOT to allign them since
    it drives perfectly straight, even on the bumpy roads of Northeast PA and Route 81.
    ismlv, Oct 4, 2004
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    LB Guest

    I actually had tire pressure checked last Monday, but I am heading tomorrow
    morning to the dealer for the alignment. I will keep my fingers crossed and
    will you know!


    LB, Oct 5, 2004
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    My 2000 Forester was showing some excessive weird tire wear at ~ 6,000
    miles. Dealer did a free realignment AND supplied me with a before and after
    computer print-out. Now at 76,000 miles it still runs straight and true.
    Edward Hayes, Oct 5, 2004
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    hippo Guest

    Check pressures cold - weekly is good. 35 psi seems to work well. Sounds
    like alignment is a good first choice.
    hippo, Oct 7, 2004
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