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Hi all

Still having a great time with my new C230K. Got nearly 1500 miles on the clock now but still want to drive more.

Noticed a problem at the weekend. When driving in a straight line the steering began to really pull to the left. Felt uncomfortable just holding the wheel straight, and when I let go to test the strength of the effect the car wanted to plow straight into the curb.

Checked tires and they are fine, i.e. all up to correct pressure. Later in the day the problem seemed much less pronounced, if not gone altogether. Any ideas what could have caused this? Anyone else had a simliar experience? Seems odd for it to come and go for no apparent reason.

Won't rush back to the dealer just yet, but would be grateful for your opinions.

Cheers

GUY
 

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The problem is with roads...
I've been having same "problem" - on one road it pulls to the left, on another to the right, on some freeways goes perfeclty straight.

It also explains why it only happens some times, and not all the time :)
 

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Hi Pweb

Your theory certainly sounds plausible. I noticed the problem on a road that suffers quite heavy use, maybe there was a bit of a rutt in it that I didn't see.

Cheers for the feedback.

GUY
 

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Is that because they are so wide? My Evolution AMG package came with Pirelli tires and the wheels are, if I remember rightly, 7.5" wide on the front and 8.5" wide at the back.
 

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Lynn said:
Coupes with the C7/Evolution package, especially with Michelin Pilot Sport tires, seem to be very sensitive to road crowns, ruts and any kind of road surface irregularities.
Agreed. The lower and wider tires are far more susceptible to road ruts and other variations. Many of the "alignment problems" some owners think they have are probably due to the tires. As always, however, some cars do need alignments. If you feel your handling is severely affected, it can't hurt to have the dealer check it out.
 

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hello
I purchased my 2002 C230K in early Nov 2001 all was
beautifull till one week went by, however to make a long story short
i have had to bring the car in for repair 4 times for the same reason
"steering problem" no over sized tires or rims all stock. the car pulls to the right, however after the third adjustment with the dealer it now pulls to the left "makes you think" did they adjust it a little too much to the left"? regardless it is a danger for me and others so i acted upon and took the first step to really fixing the problem.
i have now filed for LEMON LAW because i feel this is an issue that can indeed cause a serious accident, hurting myself and most important of all other drivers out on the road like the ones with babie in their cars.

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all about the benzjamins said:
i have now filed for LEMON LAW because i feel this is an issue that can indeed cause a serious accident, hurting myself and most important of all other drivers out on the road like the ones with babie in their cars.
Lemon Law on a steering pull? Good luck with your case.

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Wide Tires = More Lateral Movement

With a bigger footprint on the ground means a greater chance of lateral movement from uneven pavement, especially ashphalt.

I had a Corvette with 275 - 17" tires and I would always move side to side on roads with truck ruts, the worst time is when the temperature would fall below zero degress celsius and the road contracts, then it would alot of bumps. The wildest ride is always driving over and along street car rails/tracks, the car would always pull left or right.

The best surface to check for an alignment pull would be flat fresh ashphalt.
 

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i had the same problem with mine. i took it to the dealer and the chassis guy installed a set of camber bolts(mercedes part) for free and the problem is now corrected.
 
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