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And you thought it was about the opposite sex!

Wife drove the R the other day for the first time and apart from scaring her witless (she has a Starlet 1.2 for now!) she siad it pulls to the left....

I guess I hadn;t noticed (or got used to it)....

If you take your hands off the wheel it runs off to the left on any surface or speed...

Is this a common trait? Delaer has checked it as it went in for new heated mirrors and they recon it was tyre pressures, which they have adjusted - strange that it still does it then!

Can someone please comment before I make more of an arse of myself than normal smashfreakB.gif

Thanks,

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A number of cators are involved in this. (mine pulls to the left all the time and has got worse lately, however

a) most roads camber to the gutter which is to the left

b) Fat tyres increase the amount of pull

c) shorter drive shafts on the left means it will pull to the left.

d) Tyre wear is more of an issue with hard suspension, low profile tyres and 4WD / roundabouts

All of these can exacerbate them problem.

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Road camber, width of tyres and torque steer aside, Paul, apart from ensuring that your wheels are correctly balanced, the only way to dial out this problem is with 4 wheel laser alignment - not the kind of thing you find at your local Kwik-Fit - more at tuning companies. Do yourself a Google and hopefully you will come up with some results in your area.

I had this problem on my R, caused by having to swerve to avoid a tractor and knocking one of the wheels on a grass verge. Low speed, but it still made a difference.

It cost £160 + VAT to have it done at AmD and they spent a lot longer than they needed to on it, swapping wheels and tyres (all new at the time!) around until it was dialled out completely.

I spent the money because I was doing track days at the time of year and couldn't live with the car not being set up correctly, but day-to-day driving became a lot easier, because I wasn't having to focus on keeping the car straight.

HTH

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At my dealership I am the T-VAC (Total Vehicle Alignment Check) specialist grin.gif,

With the R32's or any 4motion MK IV golf you get the problems Six Degrees has out-lined

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a) most roads camber to the gutter which is to the left

b) Fat tyres increase the amount of pull

c) Shorter drive shafts on the left means it will pull to the left.

d) Tyre wear is more of an issue with hard suspension, low profile tyres and 4WD / roundabouts

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But you also have a problem of the RHD change over because the Golf 4motion has a weight imbalance problem so most models will pull to the left or if they don't they will be very camber sensitive (will follow the chamber of the road) or if the tyre pressure is low on one side of the vehicle it will pull to that side with the vehicle being chamber sensitive.

If your vehicle is pulling hard to one side you should get it checked out, the price of a T-VAC is around the £100 mark at a VW dealer but it can be any number of things that can make a vehicle pull to one side.

I normally recommend a T-VAC when all 4 tyres are replaced, as the R32 is a high performance vehicle and should be checked as a mater of course znaika.gif

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Hi, I have seen hundreds of Posts on Reviews about this in general for the MK4 Golf/Bora. My Last car did it to (TDI 150). + All the ones at work did as well. I think it's just an issue with them. I have also seen posts about people trying to rectify it with no avail. E.g. Changing tyres (Cause the Dealer told them to) Taking it back to the Dealer, Track adjusted etc, and I don't think anyone got it fixed, Just one of those little niggles I guess.

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I had my car's alignment checked at AMD just to be on the safe side they charged 50 (but no adjustments were needed) I have always belived having the alignment spot on is very important - I wouldn't like a car that pulled to the left etc. (apart from when afected by camber)

My corrado once set correctly stayed set for years so I am not sure if I would have the alignment checked whenever I bought tyres ?

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My 'R' seems to pull to the left intermittently. Although when it does its usually at low speeds.

VW recommended a 4-wheel alignment @ £160. I guess i'll spend the cash elsewhere,as its something that really shouldnt affect performance.

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They guy round the corner does 4 wheel alignment for £35 + VAT and did my Audi, but I don't know if he has the settings for the R32.

STAR do it for around £70 ish so I'll pop over there at some point and get it checked.

£160 is a rip off, I'm sure VW was only £100

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Had my tracking done at my local tyre place the other day as I thought the car was pulling to the left and the tyres were wearing unevenly. Turns out that the tracking is out on the rear passenger side wheel. Got it checked out by vw, they said there wasn't any damage which may mean that this is a common design fault with the Golf?????

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