I have a question about a new car I just purchased. Its a ’96 Pontiac
Sunfire and ive only had it for a couple days. Ive noticed a problem
with it that i didnt notice during the test drive.
Basically the car has a pretty bad pull to right while driving, also
sometimes when i drive over a bump at highway speeds the car seems to
’shift’ or ’slide’ to the left and when i get up to 70mph or higher
the front end will shake abit and make a little bit of noise. I’m
wondering if this could just be a wheel alignment issue or if it could
be something more serious. I checked the tire pressures and they are
fine. Otherwise there aren’t any other steering problems or any other
problem with the car. Any insight into this issue would be greatly
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Did you purchase the car from a dealer or from an individual? If you bought
it from a dealer, then take it back under warranty. Most states require
some sort of warranty by dealers, even if it's only a short one.
You've confused me. You say you didn't notice this during the test drive
but now you say it has a bad pull to the right. That's not something you
would not notice during a test drive. I'm guessing you mean something other
than what your statement above appears to mean. Does it pull all the time?
Only under braking? Only under some other condition?
Shudder at a particular speed can be indicating a wheel out of balance. It
might pay to have the wheels balanced.
Yes, it could be wheel alignment that is causing the pull to the right, but
you should see tire wear evidence of a faulty alignment.
I don't know what to think of the "shift or slide" to the left when you hit
a bump. I'd take the car back to where I bought it and try to get some
satisfaction there, or take it to a reputable mechanic who can look at the
front end for any obvious problems.
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