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noticed something funny today about my car. even though my car loves to fade right on most streets on the freeway when im going over a hundred the car is straight as an arrow. i mean i could take my hands of the wheel(and i did) and the car stayed in the same lane. when i let off the throttle as soon as the car went under a hundred it started fading right again. funny stuff. better stay above a hundred.
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better stay above a hundred.
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noticed something funny today about my car. even though my car loves to fade right on most streets on the freeway when im going over a hundred the car is straight as an arrow. i mean i could take my hands of the wheel(and i did) and the car stayed in the same lane. when i let off the throttle as soon as the car went under a hundred it started fading right again. funny stuff. better stay above a hundred.
Same here.... when I drive fas it is rock solid... but slow down and it starts to wander left and right... weird..

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I'm noticing a slight pull to the right, in fact I formerly thought it was due to the crest of the road, but it seems constant on all roads, anyone else?

Doesn't Lexus offer free alignment checks on new cars, up to a certain mileage?
There is a TSB on this. You should check with your dealer. I think the # is ST004-01 REPAIR MANUAL SUPPLEMENT: VEHICLE PULLING TO ONE SIDE
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There is a TSB on this. You should check with your dealer. I think the # is ST004-01 REPAIR MANUAL SUPPLEMENT: VEHICLE PULLING TO ONE SIDE
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Same here.... when I drive fas it is rock solid... but slow down and it starts to wander left and right... weird..
Also, just to clarify, your car pulls left and NOT right?
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Geesh, just got my car back, the alignment was out of spec. But I barely notice a difference, the car still pulls right? Even on say, the middle lane of a 3 lane hwy.

For those of you who claim to notice NO problems with your alignment, when you take you hand of the wheel do you literally notice NO pull whatsoever? Just trying to make sure that there really IS such a thing as near perfect alignment on this car!
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Geesh, just got my car back, the alignment was out of spec. But I barely notice a difference, the car still pulls right? Even on say, the middle lane of a 3 lane hwy.

For those of you who claim to notice NO problems with your alignment, when you take you hand of the wheel do you literally notice NO pull whatsoever? Just trying to make sure that there really IS such a thing as near perfect alignment on this car!
Are you certain that your tire pressures are all correct?

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Actually the dealer recommended putting all 4 at 36psi, instead of the front 2 at 35psi and the rear 2 at 37psi , as recommended. I told them I wanted it exactly spec. Perhaps I'll double check.
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Might the bushing(s) need to be replaced as well? Apparently that was the solution for one driver.
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Also, just to clarify, your car pulls left and NOT right?

no, on straight surfaces it wanders either side so I have to correct all the time, like its not possible to keep it in a straight line

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I checked mine this morning and I don't have any pull either way on a pretty flat road at 40-50 MPH. It will drift right on cambered surface, but it takes a long time before it moves even a few feet to the right. It's not like what Michael described.
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I'm telling ya this alignment thing has become the bane of my existence!

Back to the dealership, this is the 2nd time, I'd asked them to try swapping the front tires, instead they put a brand new tire on the right side. They suggested the other right tire may have a weak sidewall??? The result? No difference! The thing still pulls right a couple seconds after I take my hand off the wheel??? If any of you others can check/confirm you are or are not having this problem, it'd help!
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Yesterday I took my usuall dry off ride after going to the car wash. I went down the big highway a few miles, did a U turn and a 0 to 100 MPH run. I thought about your drift problem and I figured 100 MPH would be a good test. So I took my hands off the wheel, let off the gas and coasted down to 60 MPH. The car tracked straight and true and I didn't have to make any corrections. I finally grasped the wheel again as I was catching up with traffic.
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Thanks for checking, strangely my car tracks a bit more straight at higher speeds, it's in the 20-70mph range it pulls right more severely. Curious, do roads make much, if any difference in your cars pull/lack of pull? Since I know some roads have more of a crest than others.
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Rudy or anyone else who's had tires replaced, did Lexus recommend ONLY the Bridgestones? Others have said the dealer did Michelins and the problem was entirely fixed. I'm getting my new tires in a couple weeks, it stinks cuz there is still a TON of tread on my Dunlops but I'm SICK of this car pulling right!!!
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