Everything of my 2006 Camry runs OK except that it is always pulling right (I do feel the steering wheel is turning right slightly by itself, I need constantly use effort to turn it back straight), and it wears the tires more quickly and unevenly. Anybody has experience and know the reason? I drove in San Diego city almost all the time. Although there is curves and slopes but surely all paved. So far it has mileage of 94,000 miles.
I almost always do maintenance in my Toyota dealer except once in SEARS to install 4 new tires.
In the past, my dealer attributed the problem to:
- alignment. (thus I did many alignments and just did one yesterday),
- tires. ( thus I changed and used up 4 set of new tires and just install the 5th set yesterday),
- balance. (thus I did it many times),
- suspension system (thus I changed both front shruts).
But the car was still pulling right a little when I drove back from the dealer yesterday! remember, it has 4 new Yamaha tires installed which the dealer said to be the best and new alignment, I paid almost $600 for the tires/labor/alignment!
I feel crazy about it now. I never thought the dealer was trying to make more money from me before, I was just thinking that they might not have the expertise.
I didn’t switch to other maintenance shop because I was worrying about if I would lost warranty of the parts I installed there (I got one set of tires replaced free of charge in the past, although all others didn’t even get the proportion of warranty because the dealer said it’s not warranted due to uneven wear).
This is off topic but just want to know if it’s common that the parts replaced because of warranty do not have warranty anymore, is that common? For example, my battery was out while it’s in warranty period, then they replaced it with new battery. But the new battery was out after two years again. Then they said the battery was not not in warranty anymore because it was used to replace the warranted battery. Thus I paid full price for the new battery and got a new warranty on it.
I hesitate to call them now for the pulling problem because they might suggest same stupid things.
I am posting the problem here to see if any expert knows the reason.
I’m worrying about the worse case: the car itself has defect and the dealer is not willing to let me know.
Thanks in advance for your help!