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Old 09-18-2009, 09:50 AM   #1
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Default Pulling slightly right

I just noticed that my XE is pulling very slightly to the right when I accelerate, but not when I am coasting. Is this normal? The tires seem to be balanced, no wobbling or shaking, car drives just fine otherwise.

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Old 09-18-2009, 10:26 AM   #2
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Sounds like "TORQUE STEER". This used to be quite a handful in the earlier days of front wheel drive. My Mini Cooper S I had in England (an original from 1965) had this really bad. Over the years this has almost been engineered out of most cars. I think this is what you feeling.

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Old 09-18-2009, 10:44 AM   #3
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FWD=TORQUE STEER, some cars more then others. On average the more TORQUE from the engine the more torque steer.

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Old 09-18-2009, 11:08 AM   #4
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Yep normal, its just torque steer as everyone else pointed out. (Since you indicated its only on acceleration). I get it too. Its normal.

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Old 09-18-2009, 11:41 AM   #5
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Let me guess, marx404, you are a NASCAR driver?

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Funny beside, a little bit torque steer is normal. Sometimes it also depends on the road condition where your little Astra try to follow a trace rille (sp?).

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Old 09-18-2009, 11:56 AM   #6
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Torque steer like everyone else said, though I can't say I've noticed it.

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Old 09-18-2009, 11:56 AM   #7
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further more, most cars will drift some to the right even while coasting... i think the idea is to drift you off the road if u fall asleep rather then into traffic....

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Old 09-18-2009, 12:45 PM   #8
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Let me guess, marx404, you are a NASCAR driver?

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Just practicing for when Penske takes over, LOL.

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Old 09-22-2009, 09:50 PM   #9
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I just noticed that my XE is pulling very slightly to the right when I accelerate, but not when I am coasting. Is this normal? The tires seem to be balanced, no wobbling or shaking, car drives just fine otherwise.
Mine will do that also if I accelerate fast from a dead stop.

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Old 07-02-2019, 03:02 PM   #10
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Default Re: Pulling slightly right

Did any one ever figure this out?

2003 Saturn Ion 3, Manual 5 speed is doing this only when accelerating from a stop or while cruising. No pull while cruising.

Could bad engine mounts or Tranny mount cause this?

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Old 07-06-2019, 08:30 AM   #11
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Hum... posting to the wrong forum for a Saturn Ion, and its a very old thread.

That said...

Assuming this a new issue, and your vehicle is high mileage. I'd be looking at a host of things in the suspension and steering. Struts aging, worn tie-rod ends, control arm bushing. There may also be other contributing factors as well.

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Old 07-06-2019, 05:03 PM   #12
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Default Re: Pulling slightly right

The sight search engine dropped me here, and since this thread was about the same topic, and ion is also a Saturn with front wheel drive and Saturn suspension I started here.

Tires, rim and struts were already new. That got rid of a steady pull (curb attack on the un armed Ion bent a wheel, murdered a tire, LOL).

It had been aligned before and after the new struts were installed.

New tie rods and new sway bar links and SBL bushings added, not yet aligned but replacing the worn ones helped.

I had never heard of heard of loose tie rods causing a pull ONLY when accelerating.

I am still leaning towards possible engine mount/Tranny mount being bad???

In fact all the steering pull issues I ever worked on or had in 45 years were continuous, even while cruising and were almost always bad/new or worn tires.

I will have them recheck the strut caliper bolts and make sure the bottom ones are not moving!!! I agree on that one possibly being cause.

I am 1500 miles from the car, helping my daughter debug the cause.

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Assuming this a new issue, and your vehicle is high mileage. I'd be looking at a host of things in the suspension and steering. Struts aging, worn tie-rod ends, control arm bushing. There may also be other contributing factors as well.

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...In fact all the steering pull issues I ever worked on or had in 45 years were continuous, even while cruising and were almost always bad/new or worn tires...
A possibility of one tire having internal layers separating (probably at the right side) could account for the pulling which is being experienced.

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I have never experienced, nor heard of, nor could I find any online claims that a tire issue (of any kind) would only pull to the side during acceleration. This a pull that is only during acceleration, from a dead stop or from any initial speed.

The pull stops while cruising at a steady speed.

Are you saying a tire issue can cause a pull only while accelerating?

Just to be clear.

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