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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-09-2010, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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yesterday i rotated the tires on my cougar cause i was having a vibration at highway speeds. well the vibration stopped on the highway but now ive got another problem. the car is wanting to pull to the right hard, i mean im constantly fighting with the steering wheel. im thinking its loose lugs nuts but maybe someone has a better idea. i know 94bird had a simular problem but dunno if his fix will work for my car
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-09-2010, 10:51 PM
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-09-2010, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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kinda doubt that since it didnt pull to one side before the rotation. forgot to mention that the rear right/ now front right tire the tread is pretty far gone. caused by the rear end breaking traction at red lights when its raining .
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Sound like a bad tire. Maybe slipped a belt, or pot hole syndrome.


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well i re-tightened the lug nuts and took it out for a spin. still pulling hard to the right, but not as bad as yesterday. also noticed coming down my driveway that the right front was squeaking pretty loud. only happened on the drive way wich seems odd to me. (the driveway is pretty long and gravel.....most is washed out cause of alot of rain we've been having)
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You probably have a bad tire now on the front, and one that is out of balance now on the rear. Rotate one side first and see if your pulling goes away and if your vibration comes back. If the pulling goes away and the vibration doesn't come back, leave it like that. If the pulling stays and the vibration comes back, rotate that side back, and rotate the other side, and test drive it again, and it should be fine. If neither the pulling nor the vibration come back, then cross rotate the front from the other side with the back on that side and test drive again and it should be fine.

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could it be that easy? i sure hope so
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well i rotated the passenger side first since thats the side the car tends to pull to. that didnt fix the problem, it still pulls right and now has a bad vibration again. so tomorrow if the weather permits im goin to swap it back and try the other side and see if that makes any differance. i kinda doubt it will.
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So that means that most likely your left front tire is causing the pull, and the tire that is now on the right front is out of balance. Rotate the right side back, then rotate the left side, and you should be good to go.

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So that means that most likely your left front tire is causing the pull, and the tire that is now on the right front is out of balance. Rotate the right side back, then rotate the left side, and you should be good to go.
ok well i just tried that. the vibration is gone even at high speeds. but its still pulling to the right. so i think im gonna just put up with it till i can get it to a tire shop and have them fix it.
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