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post #16 of 16 Old 04-17-2017, 10:23 AM
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Wondering if anyone has found a resolution for this alignment issue. I've been battling this problem for nearly a year, and I'm about at my wit's end.

Purchased a 2010 Patriot in December of 2011. Carfax showed no accidents, and alignment seemed fine to me. Over time began to have some vibration issues, so I replaced the tires in December of 2015. Tire rotation in May of 2016 is when alignment issues started. Tire place said it was a radial pull...changed out multiple tires and had multiple alignments in the course of 3 visits within a few months. Given the "crown in the road" line. Decided in the fall to try a different shop. They told me it was out of alignment in the rear and sent me on my way. January 2017 finally decided to take it to the dealership. They told me there was no issue. After pretty much demanding that they do a thorough review of all steering/wheel/suspension components, they charged me $115 to tell me that it was a radial pull. Ugh. So back to the tire place I go. I upgraded to a set of Michelins. Still pulling/vibrating.

Next stop a wheel/alignment joint in town. They told me the cradle was off center and that a tie rod end was frozen. Both things that the dealership should have spotted in their analysis, right? Got a pretty hefty bill for the fix, but I was relieved to finally have an answer. Picked the car up, and felt improvement but not 100%, so I returned it for a little more tweaking. Again felt a little more improvement, but after I picked it up that time, the steering wheel was a little off level. I should have returned it, but let time slip away (cause I needed to drive my car and not always have it at a shop).

Two months have passed and I'm now feeling the pull again. The best way that I can describe it is that I feel like the front of the car wants to drive in a different direction than the back of the car, so I'm constantly fighting the steering wheel to keep it driving straight. Ahhhhhhhh! Dropped it back off at the wheel place this morning. Did a test drive with him. Pretty sure he acted like he didn't feel it. He gave me the crown in the road bit. We'll see what he says when he calls.

Any insight from anyone who may be experiencing the same issue would be greatly appreciated!

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