Pull after rotation

Posted by LASER4G63T, May 8, 2009

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  1. LASER4G63T

    LASER4G63T Proven Member

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    Hey guys

    This morning my car had zero pull to one side or the other driving down the road..I just got it aligned.

    I took it to the tire shop to get rotated and balanced and now it pulls to the right.

    Here is something that may or may not be pertinant:

    Before rotation: Left front rim was slightly bent
    After rotation: Left rear rim slightly bent

    Anything? I drive on Falkens...Thanks.
     

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  2. 99redgst

    99redgst Proven Member

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    Its not uncommon for a tire to pull. Was the alignment done at the same time as the rotation or before? You can swap the front tires side to side, if it pulls the other way you just confirmed its the tire.
     
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  3. LASER4G63T

    LASER4G63T Proven Member

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    The alignment was done about 6,000 miles ago...and it was great until the rotation today. Should I take it to the place I bought the tires from?
     
  4. 99redgst

    99redgst Proven Member

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    Just try swapping the fronts side to side. Sometimes it will pull the opposite direction, sometimes it will go straight. Since it was pulling right, if it does pull left a little it may not be noticeable due to road crown. You could go back to the place you bought the tires. Tire shops deal with this on the daily basis.
     
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  5. LASER4G63T

    LASER4G63T Proven Member

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    Thanks...I'll just take it in. The tires are directional so I can't swap side to side.
     
  6. KGB Pilot125

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    A good shop will take care of you especially if you bought the tires from them. we deal with it all the time like it was stated above. basically they should throw it on the alignment machine and recheck and if its in spec then swap front tires even if that means breaking them down and remounting them. you are trying to work through a process of elimination.
     
  7. cheap90gsx

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    Sounds like you got the tires rotated without an alignment? possibly threw your alignment off.
     
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  8. KGB Pilot125

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    a rotate will not change the alignment, same with rotating the tires DOES NOT effect the balance of the tire.
     

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