Car pulls to the left, alignment says it is caster

Tiny
STAN164
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  • 2014 MITSUBISHI LANCER
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • TURBO
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 35,000 MILES
I have a 2014 Lancer Ralliart. My left front caster is off by one degree (1.5) the alignment place that checked my alignment said to replace the strut and that will fix it. I read online that it is a control arm or a control arm ball joint that is the issue. Would any of these make my caster off by a whole degree?

The car only pulls to the left when accelerating. Otherwise it goes fairly straight.
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Monday, October 15th, 2018 AT 3:18 AM

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Tiny
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Good morning.

It sounds like they are guessing. It could be either that can cause the caster to be out. It is a non adjustable angle.

Somebody needs to check the actual failed part. Something happened on that side to put it out of alignment. Did you have an accident or hit a big pothole?

I would not rely on the internet as it is most of the time inaccurate. You need a qualified tech to give you the exact issue.

As far as pulling on acceleration, have them check the axle shafts. Bad inner CV joints will cause this issue.

Roy

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/upper-control-arm-replacement

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/symptoms-of-a-bad-cv-axle-joint
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Monday, October 15th, 2018 AT 3:25 AM

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