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Old 02-18-2014, 03:33 PM   #1
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'13 Unlimited - Pulling to the right since day one

Ugh....I think I need some help or advice.
I purchased my 2013 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara in August of 2013. One week later I took it back to the dealer because it was pulling to the right BIG time.
Then I took it back a week after that because it still wasn't fixed.
Here are the first two visits:
8/6/13: rotated tires front to back. still pulls. installed caster bolt and aligned.
8/13/13:vehicle pulls right on highway and side roads. caster is close to the same side by side. split caster as much as possible. no other factory alignment adjustments possible. cross rotated front tires. vehicle still drifts right w the crown of the road. no way to compensate for crown of the road w/ a solid axle vehicle.

Ok, so it kept pulling so we took it to another dealership around town.
9/13/13 - wheel alignment front wheel.

Still pulled so we brought it to the above dealer TODAY (2/18/14 - this is now the 4th dealer visit on this issue). They just called me and said that the Tow is fine. They adjusted the caster and can't adjust it anymore. Then they said something about a camber(?) and that can't be adjusted. He said it still pulls *slightly* to the right.....uh huh slightly...

The next step they said is to take it to a body shop to see if something is bent which is causing the issue. They're arranging for this to occur in the next week or so.

I'm heartbroken because I LOVE my Jeep and my husband is thinking we might have a lemon situation.

Does anyone have any other advice or suggestions? It can't be normal for it to pull to the right............I can't imagine that's a 'standard Jeep feature.'
Thanks everyone...

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Old 02-18-2014, 03:39 PM   #2
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A vehicle will naturally pull to the right slightly from a crowned roadway. Does it pull right on flat ground? And at all speeds? I had a mis machined brake caliper bracket that caused a pad to drag and it caused some pulling. It was replaced under warranty.

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I notice it going 40 mph or higher [since most roads here are 40 or higher - either that or I'm a speedster LOL]- and all the time on the freeway. I will make note of whether it happens at lower speeds - I just haven't paid much attention at those speeds. It is all types of roads. The freeway, the roads near work, the roads near my house and so forth. Phoenix is laid out in a grid system so from light to light on most main drags is exactly a mile. Everything is pretty flat. I'm going to let my husband know about your suggestion regarding the brake caliper. Thank you so much for responding!
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:52 PM   #4
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It's not normal. There has to be another issue. 2trackin had a good suggestion. My Rubicon tracks perfectly straight. Keep on them until it's taken care of. It could have been damaged right off of the truck. Taking to a body shop is a good idea.
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:19 PM   #5
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First thing I noticed not checked is this - Tires. Swap the fronts left to right, and then the backs left to right (Ensuring pressure is at factory spec and wear matches on all four, of course). If you have a friend with a similar Jeep (and tires/rims in good condition) see if you cannot borrow all four tires for a while and take it for a run.

Funny thing about pull - all too often people overlook the rubber.
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:49 PM   #6
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Mine has pulled right from day one, dealer cannot get it aligned, determined it needed an offset ball joint, but none are available. Went through Chrysler CAIR, and even they couldn't get the part. 8 months and 8,000 miles later it still aggressively pulls right, BUT my tires are not wearing irregularly and I still love the other perks of the Jeep.

Investigate the ball joint and keep us posted.
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Mine pulls right as well. Dealer says nothing can be done, because it's a radial tire pull. I've done the complete side to side and front to rear tire pull analysis and it always pulls the same... not tires. I'll probably try another dealer, but it sure feels like a set of adjustable lower control arms and a professional alignment shop would make it all go away.
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Mine pulls right as well. Dealer says nothing can be done, because it's a radial tire pull. I've done the complete side to side and front to rear tire pull analysis and it always pulls the same... not tires. I'll probably try another dealer, but it sure feels like a set of adjustable lower control arms and a professional alignment shop would make it all go away.
Eh - unless you have taken a set of dissimilar tires you cannot 100% eliminate them as a cause. Just pointing it out to help you avoid potentially chasing your tail in the matter.
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Holy crap I'm not the only one!!! Ok I'll keep everyone posted on the body shop visit and see if they find anything. Additionally, I will look into the other suggestions. I drove it to the airport this morning and it TOTALLY pulls to the right regardless of yesterday's visit to the dealer. When is it time to contact Chrysler?
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Eh - unless you have taken a set of dissimilar tires you cannot 100% eliminate them as a cause. Just pointing it out to help you avoid potentially chasing your tail in the matter.
If you do the analysis per the Tire Rack instructions, then it may still pull but it will change, including pulling in the opposite direction.
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Pulls Right

My wifes 2012 has pulled right since new. Now at 40,000 miles dealer said it is what it is. I will put two upper adjustable ball joints in and have it aligned with 0 caster split and see what happens. Let you know in a couple weeks.
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What about something in the traction control or stabality program? Maybe for some reason its twitching out and hitting the brakes on one side?
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Also just thought, what if somethings screwed up in the power steering valve makeing the power steering actuator turn to the right?
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I have a 2013 Rubicon that had the same problem with pulling to the right.
I didnt mess with the dealer I went straight to my meachanic who identified the problem right away.
The castor angle.
Evidently you cant just adjust the castor angle on the wranglers.
The fix was a ball joint that was angled 1/2 degree.
Straight down the road now.
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I have a 2013 Rubicon that had the same problem with pulling to the right. I didnt mess with the dealer I went straight to my meachanic who identified the problem right away. The castor angle. Evidently you cant just adjust the castor angle on the wranglers. The fix was a ball joint that was angled 1/2 degree. Straight down the road now.
. Really...degree'd ball joint for Castor? I've only done them for Camber.
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Mine pulls to the right. Has for the last 9 months. Never really bothered me.
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. Really...degree'd ball joint for Castor? I've only done them for Camber.
Yep can be done. I know one person that's done it. Used ball joints for caster. BUT he needed it running a 4" lift. Typically caster is done with arms.
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Yep Castor. And for everyone out there that didn't know like me... my meachanic explained that castor adjustment is like the front wheels of a shopping cart how much they lean back.
The fix was one ball joint on passenger side with 1/2 degree offset.

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