1999 Nissan Maxima Change suspension on my car but still pu

Tiny
XMAR
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  • 1999 NISSAN MAXIMA
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 200,000 MILES
Hi on my maximai change tierods and lower control arms and ball joints and alined the car too but it still pulls to any side and feels like it wants to pull bad in high speeds and I noticed my driver side wheel is slanted out a little bit can you help me please wat can it be so I can check it thank you.
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Friday, September 24th, 2010 AT 12:47 AM

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Tiny
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Hi Xmar. Welcome to the forum. Do you have a printout from the alignment? If so, what are the final two camber readings for the two front tires? Camber is the inward or outward tilt of the wheel as viewed from in front or back of the car. A tire will tend to pull in the direction it is leaning so both sides must be nearly equal, and they must be within specs for proper tire wear.

Pulling intermittently in both directions suggests a loose part in the steering and suspension systems or caster that is adjusted too low. Caster is not adjustable on most smaller cars now and has almost no affect on pull on front-wheel-drive cars but it can lead to instability and road wander if it is too low. It can cause excessive road shock to be felt in the steering wheel if it is too high.

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Friday, September 24th, 2010 AT 2:19 AM
Tiny
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Ok but what part can it be because some one told me it can be the strut mounts so can it
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Friday, September 24th, 2010 AT 2:34 AM
Tiny
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Strut mounts can be sloppy if the center hole is rusted out. That can allow the tire to tip in and out on top enough to cause a pull but not enough to see. The top of the tire could move back and forth about 1/8". That isn't terribly common. Camber is adjusted on many Nissans by rotating the upper strut mount. That moves the offset mounting hole to either of two choices for the setting, not a complete range of settings like most cars.

Which way does the car pull, left or right? Do you have a printout of the alignment?

Was the pull there before the alignment? If it was, you might have a tire pull. On front-wheel-drive cars, a fast way to check that it MIGHT be a tire pull is to observe if the car pulls the other way during hard braking. If it does, switch the two front tires to verify the car pulls the other way. If it still pulls the same way when braking, suspect an alignment problem.

A sticking brake caliper can also cause a pull. The pull might go away during hard braking or the car could pull the other way. Often, under light braking, the car will pull the other direction because the sticking brake isn't applying. Then when the brakes are released, the car pulls the original direction because that brake isn't fully releasing.

The slanted wheel indicates that you still have a bad/bent/or worn out suspension component that could be near the breaking point. Since you have already changed the ball joint (I assume the lower), perhaps your upper is also in a bad shape. HOWEVER, whomever did the alignment must not done a good job in doing so because a correct alignment would correct these:
1. How the two front tires are toed in (to keep it going straight)
2. How the front to back vertical angle of the front tires are castled (think of castle wheel on a dolly), for correct forward motion, and
3. How the front tires are aligned vertically top to bottom. So the tires wears evenly.

All three of these affect pulls to left or right. But if any of the joints are wore out, no alignment can correct these and you'll get that strong pulling one way or another.

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Friday, September 24th, 2010 AT 10:09 PM

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