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#316328 Pulls To One Side When Hitting Drains.

Posted by jackrmee on 30 December 2013 - 10:09 PM

Hi Gar,
Small cars generally have smaller wheels so I'm guessing your rolling 13 or 14 inch rims which will be around 4.5 inches wide,
This is great for speed but means its easier to sink the whole wheel in to a drain where before you maybe had tyres that were up to 8" wide and would handle a drop much easier.

In any case where possible I highly recommend you avoid drains, speed ramps at over 10mph and pot holes,
Things like this buckle your wheels and off set your tracking,
This is why your car is pulling to one side,
Its because one of your wheels is buckled,
I highly recommend you go to a tyre fitting place they will diagnose what wheels are buckled and repair the buckles aswell as laser align your tracking,
Now a buckle could be 30 pounds to fix,
But your car will feel much better when fixed, your shocks will last longer and your mpg will increase slightly because you will be rolling on circles again instead of blocks.

It's only pulling to one side when I hit a drain. If the drain hits the drivers wheel, the car shoots to the centre of the road. It's impossible to avoid all drains, they're everywhere.

Apart from that the car drives fine. 

#316254 Pulls To One Side When Hitting Drains.

Posted by jackrmee on 30 December 2013 - 07:26 PM

I've just bought a 2004 StreetKa.

I've been quite impressed with how nippy it is. 
The thing is, as I haven't driven one before, I'm not sure how it's meant to handle.

It seems quite responsive and a bit like a go kart I suppose. Seems to stick to the road quite well. However, when I hit a drain (especially when wet), the car seems to want to drag itself into the direction of which wheel it hits. eg. if the passenger wheel hits the drain, it pulls me suddenly towards the curb.

I'm sure it isn't supposed to be like this as it could be quite scary for someone else.
It feels almost like I have slick tyres (which I don't) or I'm hitting a patch of ice.

I also noticed that the steering doesn't correct itself when pulling away with the steering wheel turned. Normally, when driving other cars, the steering will straighten up itself.

Thanks in advance.