What does the front tire wear look like? Is it smooth and flat all the way across the tread? A bent steering arm can change the geometry of the steering system and cause the wheel to turn more or less than the other one, but it can still be adjusted to drive straight during an alignment. "Toe-out on turns" is the alignment angle, but it is a secondary angle that we never look at unless we are looking for the elusive cause of a problem.
If BOTH front tires have a choppy tread pattern, "total toe" is off. That would have to be pretty bad to notice at low speeds when cornering.
A more likely suspect is a broken belt in a tire. It's easy to spot them when you see a lump on the tread when spinning the tire by hand but there is another check that must be made that isn't so obvious. The clue there is you will see the steering wheel wobble once per tire revolution or you will feel the tug.
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Friday, February 8th, 2013 AT 2:18 AM