Wheel alignment

Tiny
KEN(TORONTO)
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I recently had a upper tie rod end replaced on the passenger side (right), and had a alignment done.

1998 Mercury Villager Van
3 l engine
139,000Km
auto
front wheel drive

afterwards, I noticed that every time I accelerate from start, and then take my foot off the peddle when it almost got up to speed, the car (and steering wheel) jerks to left (but comes back).

Does this ahve to do with the wheel alignment that was done? It nevr does that before.

Also noticed that the wheel alignment was not 100%, the car pulls slightly to the right.
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Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 AT 7:27 AM

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Tiny
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I would look into possible motor mounts and/or tires. Tires can cause a pull or drift, and the motor mounts can cause that sudden torque steer you described.
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Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 AT 8:08 AM
Tiny
KEN(TORONTO)
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Is there ANY possibility this may be related to wheel alignment?

Never happened before, only after right side tie rod end replacement and wheel alignment. Tires are new.

Do they touch(or loosen) the motor mount when replacing tie-rod end? The steering wheel also jerks counterclockwise(left) when the torque steer happens.

Thanks

Ken
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Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 AT 9:32 AM
Tiny
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I've seen new tires pull. Rotate the front side to side to see if the pull goes away or changes. The motor mounts and torque steer have nothing to do with alignments. If the vehicle still drifts after the rotation, take it back and have them check the caster on the alignment. You'll want a little more caster on the right then the left to compensate the crown of the road. Don't worry about the tires wearing funny because of a pull. A pull won't wear tires, it'll just be annoying.
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Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 AT 6:40 PM

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