E36 328 Pulling to the left and tramlining?
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    Pulling to the left and tramlining?

    Since my car was hit at the wheel, passenger side front, it bent the track rod end, which I fixed and got the tracking done, the car pulls to the left. I haven't check tyre pressures yet so hoping it is just that.

    any suggestions on what else it could be? im hoping nothing more than a damaged steering rack

    Also this is the first long journey I did since having the new wheels on, 17x8 F, 17x9 R, the car kinda swerves slightly, now and again, more noticeable on country roads, like the road is telling the car where to go. I haven't noticed this before, im also running a 40 profile, my old wheels was 17x8 all round and a 45 profile.

    Is this just down to having a wider wheel? or it could be that because its pulling to one side, im having to force it straight, but then hit a crap part of the road which is causing the slight tramline effect.

    It isn't dangerously pulling to one side, if I let go of the wheel its will pull slightly, not like a harsh swerve.


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    Sounds like how mine was before I swapped the rack. I had knackered track rod ends on a knackered rack. Jack the front end up so both wheels are off the ground and turn the steering wheel quickly from side to side. I'd get a 'click' out of mine if I did that. New rack on, all's good as gold.

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    Tracking alone is not enough if your wheel was knocked backwards or forwards as well, you could have castor, camber or even cheel base out on one side.

    Just remember that cars drift left die to camber of the road anyway and you may just be sensitised and seeing faults that aren't there
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    Quote Originally Posted by ABM View Post
    Sounds like how mine was before I swapped the rack. I had knackered track rod ends on a knackered rack. Jack the front end up so both wheels are off the ground and turn the steering wheel quickly from side to side. I'd get a 'click' out of mine if I did that. New rack on, all's good as gold.
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    Just remember that cars drift left die to camber of the road anyway and you may just be sensitised and seeing faults that aren't there
    If all of that is OK... Then it might be your tyres as you said... new alloys with different tyres... Cheap tyres can do this...

    Or... its something else (I know not helpful)

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    Staggered setups can contribute to the tramlining effect somewhat, so it may be that it's always been that way and now you're noticing it more just like @e36coupe-328 said. Wide tyres certainly don't help - there is a big difference in mine running 225s compared its usual 205s. Even the brand of tyres can contribute, and its not necessarily always cheap tyres that are to blame here; a couple of times I've read of people fitting Eagle F1s and regretting it. You had a new track rod which kind of rules that out, so at the front end the other things to check and double check are ball joints and the control arm bushings. Certainly if it had a side-on whack the inner balljoint (the one that connects the wishbone to the crossmember) could have taken some stick. Although the front end seems the likely source, tramlining is often caused by issues at the back end of the car. Too much toe-in round the back will encourage tramlining, and check the RTABs for wear. Having your alignment checked out is a good idea as a first step in nailing the cause down.

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    drifting steering

    My son's 318i had a similar problem, drifting to the left. I replaced the tie rods complete both sides and had it tracked. Problem still existed. A month before the problem started he had winter tyres fitted to the rear and swopped the rears to the front. That's when the problem started.
    After changing the tie rods and tracking, I changed the n/s tyre to the o/s (they weren't directional) and the drifting went to the right, the tyre must be the problem.
    We then fitted winter tyres to the front and the problem stopped. At the tyre place I checked the old tyres, the problem one had no sidewall support. I reckon the previous owner ran the tyre flat and knackered the sidewall.

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    tie rods ends
    directional tyres fitted incorrectly
    uneven tyre pressures
    chassis straight


    40 profile wont cause this instead of a 45 it just makes a harder ride buddy,mine doesnt tramline at all on 40 profiles but i do feel every bump on crap roads

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    i had a similar problem on a mk2 golf.

    after tracking and numerous other parts the actual shock was bent. maybe worth investigating.

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