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Old 09-12-2015, 10:47 AM
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2012 Jeep Wrangler keeps drifting left HELP

Hello just bought my first jeep a 2012 Jeep Wrangler sport 2DR only 36,000 miles n stock everything no lift , very happy with it besides when on highway it pulls/drifts to the left have to hold the wheel to keep from goin off the road! Brought back to where I bought it they did alignment still pulled left they balanced tires check pressure n rotated tires it now drives straight in right and middle lanes but pulls in the left lane still? I had be rabbit before this I'm new to jeep world is this in my head is it just road crown? It's sat I'm calling dealership Monday and telling em it still pulls drifts left . Any suggestions will help

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Some people with a whole lot of more knowledge then me will chime in but I have had an issue with my jeep pulling right so I have kinda been there done that. If your taking it back to the dealership do a visual inspection of the following parts. What I have learned is many tech's will do the bear minimum to get you out and on the road. (Sorry to all the mechanics out there) Visually check these. Some are kinda worse case scenario and unlikely but check them off the list.

Steering stabilizer (damaged? might be unlikely but you never know) i know you said you were stock but some people get a push to the left because of their stabilizer but those are usually aftermarket units)

Ball joints (I learned this from members here (@kjeeper10), lift the front end up and put a shovel or something under the tire and lift/pull and check for movement)

Axle damage (probably unlikely)

C's (check or cracks or damage)

Breaks (Check for break pull)

Tie Rod (check for damage/bend and joints)

Drag link (I had adjusted mine too short after taking it off and when I re adjusted it it helped a ton, but that was with a pull to the right not left)

Shocks (i measured ride height from each side to ensure my jeep wasn't leaning)

Springs (Same reason as shocks)

Tire pressure (you probably already did this but just in case, even though they said they did this)

Tire tread pull (you said they rotated the tires but I used my spare and rotated that into each side up front to ensure the problem wasn't tread pull)

Control arms (any damage or bends and the joints)

If you find something at least you can point them in the right direction for when you take it back. Please update so people who experience this later have an answer.

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Some people with a whole lot of more knowledge then me will chime in but I have had an issue with my jeep pulling right so I have kinda been there done that. If your taking it back to the dealership do a visual inspection of the following parts. What I have learned is many tech's will do the bear minimum to get you out and on the road. (Sorry to all the mechanics out there) Visually check these. Some are kinda worse case scenario and unlikely but check them off the list. Steering stabilizer (damaged? might be unlikely but you never know) i know you said you were stock but some people get a push to the left because of their stabilizer but those are usually aftermarket units) Ball joints (I learned this from members here (@kjeeper10), lift the front end up and put a shovel or something under the tire and lift/pull and check for movement) Axle damage (probably unlikely) C's (check or cracks or damage) Breaks (Check for break pull) Tie Rod (check for damage/bend and joints) Drag link (I had adjusted mine too short after taking it off and when I re adjusted it it helped a ton, but that was with a pull to the right not left) Shocks (i measured ride height from each side to ensure my jeep wasn't leaning) Springs (Same reason as shocks) Tire pressure (you probably already did this but just in case, even though they said they did this) Tire tread pull (you said they rotated the tires but I used my spare and rotated that into each side up front to ensure the problem wasn't tread pull) Control arms (any damage or bends and the joints) If you find something at least you can point them in the right direction for when you take it back. Please update so people who experience this later have an answer.
Coming from somebody with experience (unfortunate). Well said !!!
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Old 09-12-2015, 02:10 PM   #4
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Vehicles with solid front axles are prone to pulling which ever way the crown of the road slopes to. My 2012 JKU goes perfectly straight on a flat road, but any sort of crown on the road makes it pull toward the down side of the road. My ZJ is the same way.
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Old 09-13-2015, 12:12 AM
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I had my buddy who's been driving wranglers forever test drive it says it's normal just pull of the pitch in the road my girlfriend said the same as well after driving it maybe it's in my mind or I'm just very new to driving a jeep I went from a 07VW rabbit to a 2012 Jeep Wrangler sport . I don't care if I'm made out to be clueless in dumb oppose to something wrong with this jeep I just bought n committed to
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Are you getting any kind of rattle feeling in the steering wheel while going down rough roads? Mine has an annoying rattle in the wheel, just wondering if it's a Jeep thing.
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Nope drives beautiful have to slightly turn wheel to 1'o clock for it to be straight but I don't notice it till I think about it I'm learning as I go I guess
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If you are in the left lane of a divided multi-lane highway it is normal for a slight left pull and if you are in the right lane is should pull slightly to the right.

I had a similar problem with my 2006 Ram 2500 4x4, and after having it aligned and discussing the situation with the tech, while he was driving my truck to diagnose it, he pointed out that it was aligned according to the factory specs, and if the pull was distracting, I should add air pressure to the right front tire (left front for you) which will reduce the pull. I used to air up the front right tire about 1psi above the left front.

However, be cautious, for if you add air to the left front, you will increase the pull to the right when in the right lane. All roads are crowned to promote drainage of rain off to the side. It depends on which side of the center of the pavement you are on as to which drift you will get.

I do note that you days drift, not pull. If the pull is too much to be comfortable, then there is something wrong.
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Give it the once over like listed above, take a pic of anything suspicious and post it here to get opinions if its normal or not. You said it was used so the previous owner could have don't a lot of things.
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:33 AM
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This is front of my jeep everything thing looks stock n realtively new idk why it wants to walk left only in fast lane of the highway I'm starting to think it's just the nature of the beast which is fine just don't want to not have something fixed by the dealership on there dime if something is wrong and causing this left pull drift whatever
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It's following the crown of the road.
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Yep, this pull is normal. I've been on a straight stretch and let my hands off the steering wheel for 30 secs no problem. Just a tiny bit crown on the highway or road for drainage or errors and it starts to pull in that direction. You'll most likely experience either a left or a right pull most of the time depending which state/province/city you mostly drive in and how the civil engineers do the slight incline for drainage in that area.
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Ya some roads I'm fine right lane highway I'm fine left lane on any major route or highway pulls to left if I let go of the wheel drifts left pretty quickly I hear this is normal in jeeps hope it's what the "norm" there talking bout kinda been driving myself mad overthinking it over analyzing it . I'm fine with it if it is the nature of the beast but if it's not of course I want to correct the problem asap
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I feel your pain. Driving a vehicle with a solid front axle takes much more effort than driving a modern a-arm/strut/double wishbone/SLA arrangement. It pays off offroad, though.

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