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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-28-2017, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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New Wheels and Tires, Car Pulls Left

Hey, this isn't for my Stang but I figured it was appropriate enough to post here anyways. I just put my summer wheels and tires on my daily driver (2012 Mercedes C350 4Matic) and now the car is pulling to the left. I checked the pressures and everything is good. The set has been sitting in the garage since I took them off in Nov and didn't have any issues then. I didn't have any issues with my winter (stock) wheels and tires either. I've been doing this for the last couple of years and have never encountered any issues with the car pulling. Also, there has been no abnormal vibes, noises or bumps and I've checked full lock to lock for no rubbing either. Everything feels nominal. Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-28-2017, 10:24 AM
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Possibly one of the tires has a belt that is starting to separate. I've seen it happen on tires that were not in use (spare) at the time.
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swap them side to side and see if the pull goes with it; yes = bad tire, no = alignment or other. If they're directional tires you may need to go front to back instead, but same theory applies.
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The problem is that they're directional and staggered so each tire goes to each corner.

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So I swapped the front wheels and the car pulled hard to the right now, meaning the problem following the wheel. I looked at them otherwise and didn't see any issues with the tires themselves, but obviously something is wrong. I really don't want to buy new tires for the front.

'66 Coupe - Pro-touring in the making

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9" TrueTrac 3.70 gears
TCP suspension front and rear
18x8 Wheels and Baer 6P all four corners

And no more money left in my wallet...
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Can you swap front to rear permanently? When you say staggered, is it just the TPMS system you're worried about? That can be reflashed at most tire shops for a small fee.

I cured a few pulls back in the mechanic days like by rotating tires(front to back, back to front). Just make sure there's no visible issues with the tire and you're good. A broken belt would be visible and most likely cause a vibration rather than a pull.

I had a truck once that felt like you were YANKING the wheel into the ditch...rotated tires completely cured the problem. Completely surprised me.

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So I swapped the front wheels and the car pulled hard to the right now, meaning the problem following the wheel. I looked at them otherwise and didn't see any issues with the tires themselves, but obviously something is wrong. I really don't want to buy new tires for the front.
You have your answer. The bad tire is on the side the car pulls to. If you are unable to install the bad tire on the rear then you need to replace it.
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The tires are staggered in that the rear are 265s and the fronts are 225s. I inspected both tires and they look fine otherwise. The pull isn't terrible so I may just live with it for now unless it suddenly gets worse. Thanks for all the advice everyone.

'66 Coupe - Pro-touring in the making

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TCP suspension front and rear
18x8 Wheels and Baer 6P all four corners

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