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2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 Question: MY CAR PULLS TO THE LEFT AND ALSO SHAKES/VIBRATES WHEN I DRIVE ON THE HIGHWAY,

 

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Crotondo555, Bethlehem, PA, January 28, 2011, 07:37
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I AM ASSUMING I NEED AN ALIGNMENT, DUE TO THE PULLING TO THE RIGHT AND SHAKING ON THE HIGHWAY. HOW MUCH DOES AN ALIGNMENT COST ROUGHLY? ALSO MY RIGHT THRUST ARM IS CRACKED OR TORN, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY CAR IF I DO NOT FIX THE THRUST ARM?

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    January 28, 2011, 07:46
     Technician

    it does need an alignment and it costed my sister alittle over 100 to get her ford ranger done

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    Crotondo555, January 28, 2011, 08:10
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    thanks sandefur but i have a mercedes benz so i think its going to be more expensive im new to this website, do you know if actual mechanics answer on here or is just regular people with similar problems

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    January 28, 2011, 08:51
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    Acutally, most of this problem is coming from a bad/failing tire(s). Get the front tires checked first. Then address the alignment.
    As far as the 'thrust arm'(?)...I think this may be a case of lost-in-translation. If a control arm is cracked, you need to get that car off the road and to a repair shop asap.
    If you have a tie-rod boot or CV boot that is 'torn' this is not an immediate problem, but still needs attention.

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    Crotondo555, January 28, 2011, 09:42
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    they said my right front thrust arm boot is torn but joint is tight?? thanks tyreguy

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    overbys from Overbys Inc, January 28, 2011, 10:00
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    not an alignment in all cases; could be tires. needs to be checked at a MB specialist NOT a tire store. the trust arm bushing will cause premature tire wear.

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    Crotondo555, January 28, 2011, 15:18
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    what does it mean when my car is saying ESP in the dash and it feels like the car stalls or like it goes off then back on, cuz it just happened to me earlier and i quick parked it

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    Visitor, February 18, 2011, 07:18

    if left wheel caster and camber are equal to the right wheel, then you have to check the front setback or trust angle. Thrust angle is caused by miss location of suspension components and also unequal of tyre diameter. measure wether you both left and right wheels/tyre are in square position. you can achieve a zero pulling if:-

    left and right caster = equal
    left and right camber = almost zero
    trust angle of rear and front = zero
    left and right tyre both in squre position.
    brake drag = zero

    if you have two different tyre but equal in diameter, it wont cause pulling, provide that your car has zero trust angle

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