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Hi

I have a slight handling problem with my Golf. It pulls to the left for some reason and when going straight ahead, the steering wheel isn't dead-ahead, its slightly offset to the right. I've been to my local tyrefitters and had the tracking looked at, which was fine. I've looked at the suspension which seems to be intact, and there are no knocking or banging noises coming from anywhere. I've checked my tyre pressures and they are all correct. Any ideas?

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No, the car has not been involved in an accident. Even if it had (which it hasn't) I just need some general ideas as to the cause.

Thanks. Jason
 

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May be totally off here, but I've been told most roads bank to one side to stop rainwater pooling allowing it to roll off.

So maybe if it's a slight pulling to the left it could be this and nothing to worry about.
 

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Mine does the same, but i think it is just because of the bank on the roads, pulling the wheels that way.

Try driving either on a motorway (not so banked) or in the middle of the road (when noone is about)
 

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All mk ivs.   do this, there has been much discussion on this subject in the past.   However you say the steering wheel is not aligned either, so try the 4 wheel alignment rig at a VW specialist.  The stealers will charge £90 - £100 for this work and it may still pull to the left when you get it back.
 

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Hello all,

I've noticed mine pulling ever so slightly, i know it wasn't doing it when i bought it, and also i'm a 100% certain i haven't bumped it. As i have got more used to the car maybe i've noticed it. When i went to france it was ok no pull at all, so i don't think the camber of the road has much to do with it or it would have pulled to the right. I thought my tracking must be slightly out or a bush has worn on one side more than the other, Just getting round to booking it in at awesome but from whats been said i maybe wasting my time.

Surely this can't be another design fault?
 

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Design fault---exactly what it is.       Awesome will sort you out and wont do unessesary work.   By the way your TDI spec is exactly the same as mine(when it left the factory) never seen one before.
 

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Or try Santa Pod dragstrip,that is dead flat with no camber,you need it when you're trying to keep 8000BHP going in a staright line.
 

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If your tyres aren't directional, try swapping the front ones from side to side and see if this makes the car pull the other way or run straight. I've seen that be the cause of cars pulling to one side before.
 

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In a previous Discussion earlier on this forum regarding this topic someone mentioned A possible safety feature..so if you Dose off your car will pull to left and not into opposite traffic..It was mentioned that Left hand Drive cars in Europe pull to the Right...

it mite just be true..
 

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In a previous Discussion earlier on this forum regarding this topic someone mentioned A possible safety feature..so if you Dose off your car will pull to left and not into opposite traffic..It was mentioned that Left hand Drive cars in Europe pull to the Right...

it mite just be true..
come to think of it, i can see why it does this now, it would make sense a be a very good safety feature
 

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our 1.6 se pulled left, it hit a speed bump where buses had pressed the tarmac down either side of the bump. Anyway it pulled really badly to the left and still did so even after we paid for a full VW alignment (that cost almost £200), its something that was never the same.

My current 150 tracks straight.
 

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our 1.6 se pulled left, it hit a speed bump where buses had pressed the tarmac down either side of the bump. Anyway it pulled really badly to the left and still did so even after we paid for a full VW alignment (that cost almost £200), its something that was never the same.

My current 150 tracks straight.
should have asked for your cash back
 

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our 1.6 se pulled left, it hit a speed bump where buses had pressed the tarmac down either side of the bump. Anyway it pulled really badly to the left and still did so even after we paid for a full VW alignment (that cost almost £200), its something that was never the same.

My current 150 tracks straight.
should have asked for your cash back
I guess that was as good as it can be, perhaps the sub frame was bent with the impact.
 

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Mine pulled noticeably straighter after its first full 4 wheel VW alignment after 4 years of ownership. Will still pull slightly to the left if I nail it but generally very pleased, the car just feels more "right" after an alignment.
 

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VW Citygate have offered to foot the bill to have the car repaired at a specialist place. I'll update on this when the job is done.
 
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