THERE IS 60K MILES ON THE CAR I DO NOT KNOW WHAT...

  • Tiny
  • auto343
  • 2009 Saturn Aura
  • 60,000 miles

There is 60k miles on the car, I do not know what has already been done to this car because it is my father's. The car will gradually drift from one side to another when going at a fast speed. This happens while driving at all times. It drives unevenly and feels like a tire pressure is much lower than all of the others, but the tire pressure is 35-37 on all. No check engine light. No warning lights. This did not happen all of the time, I go to school downtown and I think a pothole caused the problem. No accidents. I drive this car 35 miles a day Monday-Friday for school. And there are potholes downtown and they are impossible to avoid. I go over them every day at a slow speed. I have gone over one at a high speed maybe twice. Another time the steering wheel shook once back and forth at the same time my front end of the car was shaking back and forth violently and this happened at a slow speed 35 mph-25 mph. The steering wheel once shook when I was stopped as well. Please help thanks. My car is a 2009 Saturn Aura XR.

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 AT 3:58 AM

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  • saturntech9
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If you have a alignment issue you could be going 40 or 65 its still going to pull. So when driving down the street is the steering wheel straight?

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012 AT 5:25 PM
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Thank you for your response. I took it to NTB and they said that it only needs an alignment. No the wheel pulls towards the right when I let the steering wheel go. And that is the side I went over the pot hole with. So hopefully my car is going to work the right way again after the wheel alignment. Should I be cautious of anything after the alignment is done? Like look for any problems? (Loose lug nuts). Thanks.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012 AT 9:58 PM
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Most of the cars I aligned I never removed the wheels.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012 AT 10:15 PM
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Ok. What happens during an alignment? Thanks.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012 AT 11:25 PM
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The toe is adjusted and sometimes the camber the toe is adjusted by loosening the jamb nut and and turning the inner tie rods to adjust it. The camber camber is adjusted by loosening the bottom of the strut and tilting the wheel.

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Friday, December 7th, 2012 AT 2:10 AM
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I had it aligned a couple of days ago and they did a free suspension check and did an all wheel alignment and they said everything looked fine. They drove it and everything. I feel like something is still wrong. And the car even dipped down as soon as I started my car the next day. It dipped down on the side that I hit the pot hole and the side where my rear right tire was -0.5 off I think or it was -0.15 off. They said it was all aligned perfectly, but I still felt the same problem but not as bad. I haven't driven the car in a couple of days so I would have to drive it again tomorrow to check any noises and explain the feel of the drive. Tire pressure is fine and I am assuming suspension is fine because they did not say anything about it.

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Monday, December 10th, 2012 AT 10:44 PM
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The only way the one side of the car can dip down is if something was left loose or broken. See if the steering wheel is straight etc while driving down the road.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 AT 3:44 PM

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