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#1 Old 08-27-2009, 05:58 PM
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I have a 2005 Santa Fe. About a year ago it started pulling to the right a little.
I went to a local tire shop and got the tires balanced and the alignment done.
It still pulled to the right a little.
I took it to NTB to get the alignment done again thinking that the local place didn't do a good job.
NTB gave me a computer readout of the alignment. Pretty cool really.

The camber of the right front wheel is pointing out by .6 degrees.
The camber of the right read wheel is pointing out by 1.6 degrees.
These are both out of the acceptable range.
The mechanic told me there was no adjustment to correct this.

I took the readout to my Hyundai dealer where I purchased it and they said the same thing.

MY QUESTION:

Is this something I just have to live with?
It's pulling pretty hard to the right all the time and it's driving me nuts on long highway trips.
I'm wondering if there is a kit or something that can correct this.
It seems strange that a modern vehicle like this has no way to properly align the wheels.

Anyone else have this problem?

Thanks,
Rick
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If alignment is in acceptable range, then I would expect there to be a problem with the tires, either the tires are worn, you have two different tires, or the tire pressure is wrong.


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The tires were said to be fine by the NTB mechanic. They were all replaced 20k miles ago.
The tread depth is fine and the tire pressure is exactly 32lbs as recommended.

That's the weird thing.
NTB and the dealer said that even though the alignment of the right side wheels were
"outside" of the acceptable range as shown in red on the computer printout,
they both said that it is not "user adjustable" to correct this problem.

NTB did say that some vehicles with this strut setup have kits that can correct this,
but the dealer mechanic said that there was nothing they could do to adjust it.

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Yeah, I've heard about the "camber kits" but I've never seen one. I'd still suspect your tires. Some tires just plain $uck. I had it happen to an old Toyota one time. I spent a bunch of money on suspension parts, to no avail. I bought new tires, problem solved. You're not supposed to do it, but temporarily switch around the tires, right to left, and see what happens.


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Oh, I didn't notice you had a Santa Fe. Yeah, they're notorious for cheesy tire problems. I don't buy tires from NTB anymore either, they don't have the selections I demand. I buy tires from tirerack.com, largest seller of tires in the world. Then I take them someplace and have them installed.


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That's a great idea! I'll try swapping the front tires temporarily.

Eibach makes an alignment camber kit for the 2005 Santa Fe.
I found it with a quick google search. I'll try to call a few of the bigger
tire shops to find out if they've ever done these mods.

Do you know if the computers at NTB and other tire places measure the
Camber, Caster, and Toe from the wheels or the tires?
If they measure from the wheels, the tires shouldn't make a difference
at least in the measurements.

I'd love a simple solution.
If it works I'll just get some new tires.
The tire I got were "Trail A/P"
I was told they were made by Michelin but they still could be crap!

Thanks a bunch for the help,
I'll let you know what happens.

Rick
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Ive had this problem since 10k miles and now im at 106k. The funny thing about this is back at 10k my Hyundai service manager at the dealer I purchased it from told me it was a federal law that my 2004 Santa fe Pull to the right in case I fall Asleep at the wheel (with 3,500 Watts in the Back No ones Falling Asleep). Above 20 Mph if i take my Hand off the wheel its like the car is chasing something and immediately veers to the right. The Alignment was fine and it did not pull as much before the dealer told me he had corrected this on my car. Before it barley pulled because of the slant on roads makes cars pull to the right. But ever since 10k My car has a burning desire to drive off the road. as to everyone who says tires. Ive bought numerous sets and had my wheels aligned and balanced dozens of times. When I can get some free time im Gonna go to Hyundai and make them take a look. ( Car was my Dads until 92k I've only had to deal with the pulling for 16k Miles) any Details would be appreciated. BTW: I cannot find any law saying if i fall asleep my car doesn't have to run me into a ditch in 10 seconds .

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Hi,
I have a 2003 Santa Fe and recently noticed it was pulling to the right as well. My tires were new and balanced so I decided to have a wheel alignment done too, (hopefully), to correct the pull. The wheel alignment showed everything within the correct parameters. However, as I was driving home from the garage on a fairly straight and level road I noticed my Santa Fe was still pulling to the right and that was not good. After a little investigation a couple of days later, I discovered the control arm bushing (passenger side, front) was severely worn and allowed a lot of unwanted movement. I replaced it and my Santa Fe has been running straight ever since. My problem was solved!
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Thanks for all the replies. I'm now more confused than ever!

I'm going to check these things out with my local mechanic this week.

1. Tires
2. Abnormal wear on "control arm bushing".
3. Possible installation of "Eibach alignment camber kit".

All the best,
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Dear nash,

You can inspect the control arm bushing yourself. Chock the rear wheels, jack up the front of the vehicle and place jack stands under the frame. You inspect by grasping the wheel and rocking left to right while feeling for excessive play. You should feel no wiggle, and hear no metallic clinking or clunking. The wheel should firmly attempt to move the control arm as you move the wheel.

Second, please go to hmaservice.com and register. Print off the wheel alignment specs for your year of Santa Fe, and the 3 Technical Service Bulletins on wheel alignment. Especially at NTB, you should have your own set of specs for the wheel alignment. Don't laugh...I caught Sears using the wrong specs. Also, one of the TSB talks about stripping out the rear cam adjustment bolt by using air tools. What are the odds that someone used air tools on your wheel alignment bolts, stripped or damage a bolt, and failed to tell you?

Yeah, you could get the Eibach kit but your OEM alignment should also work with a competent alignment shop. I had a Sears shop tell me I had a bent frame, and I promptly went to the other Sears shop in town and got my alignment done correctly.

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