pulls to left under power

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Goat Roper, Oct 30, 2003.

  1. Goat Roper

    Goat Roper Guest

    I have a 2002 Civic. I bought this car used a couple months ago. It has
    27500 miles on it and has an automatic xmission.

    This car will pull to the left when I accellerate. It is not what I
    consider a safety problem, but I am curious if it is normal for this model.
    The local friendly Honda service shop advised it was normal, but couldn't
    explain the physics that will cause this to happen. It seems to me if the
    xmission is providing the same torque to both front wheels, there should be
    not tendency to pull left or right under accellerating conditions.

    I have two other Hondas (2000 CRV and a '89 Civic) and neither of these has
    this particular trait.

    Is this a normal trait for this model, or should I be pressing the dealer a
    bit harder?

    Thanks for any help!
    Goat Roper, Oct 30, 2003
  2. Goat Roper

    BillW Guest

    Check the bushings in the lower a frames. I am not familiar with the civic
    but the GM cavalier bushings have a tendency to slide out letting the A
    frame rock front to back which changes alignment. I found it by having
    someone rock tire back and forth on the ground and feel for movement in the
    pivot points...
    BillW, Oct 31, 2003
  3. Goat Roper

    Randolph Guest

    Some amount of torque steer is not uncommon for front wheel drive cars.
    for details.
    Randolph, Oct 31, 2003
  4. Goat Roper

    Goat Roper Guest

    Thanks, Randolf! I am a retired electrical engineer and believe it or not,
    the explanation makes since.

    Allen-A.K.A. Goat Roper
    Goat Roper, Oct 31, 2003
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