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Old 06-17-2014, 08:25 AM   #1
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Car pulls to left after tire rotation

For the last few thousand miles I have had some mild vibration at speed (slightly worse in curves). I believe the culprit was the right front wheel/ tire. I was concerned it could be an axle issue so i started to trouble shoot.
Last night I rotated my tires (criss-cross X pattern for AWD) and now in additional to vibration my car is pulling to the left. I have to hold the steering wheel anywhere between 12 o'clock and 1 o'clock in order to track straight. Car slowly veers left if I do not hold the wheel. The tire/wheel I suspect is causing the problem is now on the left rear.

The car has been recently aligned by a high end body shop and tracked well until I did the rotation. All 4 times are only 4 months old. Rear shocks, rear springs, front control arm bushings were replaced less than 10,000 miles ago. Brake dust distribution seems even so I do not believe I have a dragging caliper. I have not had any tire pressure system warnings and saw no obvious defect in the wheel or tire while rotating the tires.

Could this just be a bad tire or a tire out of balance? Would the drag caused by poor rotation be enough to pull? Any help offered will be appreciated.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:48 AM   #2
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any input? i can't be the first person who has experienced something like this.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:49 PM   #3
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Update: I have since had the tires evaluated by my mechanic and body shop. They determined that the tires are defective and wearing unevenly as a result. The tire shop that installed them in February has agreed to replace all 4.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:56 AM   #4
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All 4 tires were replaced under warranty and alignment re-done. Car now tracks straight and smooth. Problem solved.
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