Suspension Problem or Torque Steer? 2000 VW Jetta

Tiny
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2000 VW Jetta 1.8L 110,000 KM

Started to pull to the left with moderate gas-pedal above 60km/hr. Seems more noticable after a mechanic insisted on a wheel alignment. To try to fix: rotated tires front to back (tires 6 months old) & had some suspension work done.

Still pulls to left above 60 km/hr, although not as bad.

Steering on dry road at 100 km/hr is only ok (I'm not real happy with it); some pull to the left; pull to the right when let-up on gas pedal. Had car since new; don't remember this "feature".

Did they miss something in the suspension repair? Another wheel alignment? Worn motor mounts? Thanks !
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Sunday, November 25th, 2007 AT 10:18 PM

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Tiny
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Something is amiss, car shouldnt go from pulling one way on gas to the other off the gas. Does it make any noise? If done since the alignment, might need to have another shop look at it since the original couldnt fix it. Like doctors, a second opinion never hurt.
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Monday, November 26th, 2007 AT 7:46 AM
Tiny
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No noise that I can hear. Good advice. I'm between a local garage, who did the recent suspension work and a VW dealer - farther away from where I live, but who has always done good work. Actually - both of these places have always done good work - so I'm abit disappointed. I"ll take it to the VW dealer. Thanks !
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Monday, November 26th, 2007 AT 8:36 AM
Tiny
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I looked at my bill & the result (problem not fixed), and I went back to the place which did the work. Insisted that they road-test the car, since the problem originally reported has not been fixed.

They now acknowledged a problem - I talked to the mechanic. "Too much play in the steering". They asked me if I had had an accident, which I haven't, but this car is 7 years old and has been over many roads - some less civil than others.

They want to replace the steering rack next, which is a $300 or so part and an "all-day" job. Since they haven't fixed my original problem, and I've got $1,000 into the repair, so far, they are offering a break on this steering rack repair.

I'm hoping this is "back on track". Thanks.
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Monday, December 10th, 2007 AT 8:08 PM

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