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2013 tundra pulls to the right side of the road

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by Sprocket1989, Mar 3, 2020.

  1. Mar 3, 2020 at 5:14 PM
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    Hello I have recently bought a 2013 tundra. I love the truck. The only problem I have with it is it likes to pull to the right. I had an alignment done by dealer. Still pulls to the right. Air pressure good. Caliper has been replaced in the front. Truck has longer struts in the front. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
     
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    Issues like this are hard to diagnose. What do your alignment numbers look like, is everything in the green? How is the tire tread, I have read from many posts where tires were worn unevenly/cupped to the point where the car drifted to one side or the other. Picture of the front struts/UCAs as well?

    All these things will help us get you back driving straight as an arrow :fingerscrossed:
     
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    Numbers seem to be ok as far as being in the green. I’ll take a picture of the struts tomorrow and upload them. The tires aren’t worn very bad. Sometimes it seems to drive straight and sometimes it seems to pull to the ditch pretty hard. Makes me wonder if it’s the road or tires or a combination of the 2?

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    Pulls to the right when braking hard, or drifts to the right when driving on a crowned road? Find a desolate spot where you drive a bit on the wrong side of a two lane, and see if it still pulls to the right.
     
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    Alignment good, brakes not dragging.......tires would be something to consider.
     
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    If you have a pull or drift and the alignment checks ok, and it is not due to road conditions, a good place to start would be cross the front tires. If the truck goes the other direction after crossing the front tires you most likely have a radial tire pull. You can then address the tire issue by replacing the tire (the direction the vehicle goes will most likely be the bad tire) or rotate it to the rear and see if the pull goes away then replace it at a later point. If the pull/drift does not change then start looking for issues like memory steer which can sometimes be mistaken for a pull/drift
     
  7. Mar 5, 2020 at 3:47 AM
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    I have driven on several different roads and on both sides on the road and different lanes on highways. Sometimes it pulls very hard sometimes it will drive straight. The road I live on has been recently resurfaced and it still pulls to the right. I’m going to rotate tires soon and see if that is the problem. If I let go of the steering wheel for about 200 yards driving 55 mph I would be in the ditch. It has had aftermarket struts. Bilstein. The only aftermarket parts I see. The tires are slightly worn from the alignment being off but they are not terrible. So I will rotate and see if this helps. Thanks
     
  8. Mar 5, 2020 at 4:02 AM
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    Just be sure you start by only crossing the front tires side to side or you won't know if you've found anything. You could rotate front to rear and fix the pull but you wont know which tire is causing it.
     
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    But it doesn't necessarily sound like a tire pull since you are describing it as intermittent. Also a tire pull wouldn't necessarily be caused by wear so not something you would see. It's due to the internal structure of the tire (which is why it can happen with brand new tires)
     
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    Sounds like road crowning If it’s not happening every time. What tires and size do you have?
     
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    Take it to a real alignment shop and get them to drive it. That's how I found out I had mismatched off sets on the aftermarket wheels my dealer put on my 18.
     
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    Are you sure you don't have froze cam bolt bushings? Poor alignment techs won't tell you if the numbers are still in the green
     
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    I just dealt with a poor alignment. Everything was in “spec” pulled to the right when braking and the steering wheel was out of center! Took it to a different shop fixed in 20 minutes. Refund from the shitty shop is in the mail.
     
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    Ok so I have checked the tires today as I changed the oil in my truck and I see the very outside edges are cupping now. The passenger side is worse then drivers side.
     
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    Here are some pics from under it. I notice the white paint markings on the cam bolts I’m assuming. Has had aftermarket struts put on the front before I bought it. Tires cupping worse on passenger side. Doesn’t pull any harder when I brake so I don’t believe brakes are problem.i think it Has to be an alignment problem since the tire is cupping worse now that it has been aligned?

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    Bad wheel bearings can cause edge scalloping, but so can bad ball joints, bad steering or sway-bar end links, damage to the steering linkage or control arm, and severely damaged suspension bushings. This kind of wear happens because something in the suspension is bouncing or vibrating when that wheel is compressed during cornering.
     
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    Lack of tire rotation can cause cupping as well even when parts are good. and a tire that starts cupping usually gets worse quickly as the cupping can cause the same bouncing effect as worn parts. I'm still curious if the front tires have been crossed?
     
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    Not trying to say this is the answer or that my experience will solve your problem but I manage an auto repair shop and if my alignment guy has a car he just aligned (all specs good) and he says it still pulls, the first thing i ask is if he has crossed the front tires yet. Then process of elimination from there but that's the place to start - simplest first. Otherwise you could throw parts at it and make adjustments until you are blue in the face and have the same problem.
     
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    Well yesterday I had time to rotate tires from the front to the back so I had nice even tread on the front and it still pulls to the right side of the road. And now it is shaking about 65 mph. It shook a little bit with the other tires on the front about 70 mph. They have been balanced before I bought the truck. I see no loose wheel bearings or hear any wheel bearing. No loose tie rod ball joints or anything. Taking back to dealer who aligned. See what they say today.
     
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    Again, not saying the pull is caused by the tires but step one should be to cross front tires side to side to see if direction of pull changes (not a tread issue that causes a pull but the way the belts inside the tire are wound so nothing you can see) Believe it or not a bad tire can pull from the rear to, though I doubt at this point that is your issue. Good luck figuring it out.
     
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    Dealer alignment sucks...get it to a real shop.
     
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    Took it back to dealer they re aligned it and now it is better then it was. So the rest of it could be in the tires. Shitty Alignment to begin with... thanks guys!
     
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