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Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 00:45:35 -0600
From: "Mike Wright" <mwright4nopsamspring.com>
Subject: 900 drifts right


My wife has a 96 SAAB 900 V6 SE with about 15,000 miles on it. We bought it used with just 6,000 miles on it late in 1997. This is our sixth SAAB (I have a 1996 9000). It is a terrific car except for one thing. It constantly wants to drift to the right. Let go of the steering wheel and the car will head for the curb. None of our other SAAB cars have exhibited this problem. We took it in twice to the dealer where we bought it. The second trip in they aligned the front-end. It improved somewhat but shortly thereafter we moved to Arizona. On the drive out the car again began drifting right. So, we took it to the local dealer here. Same deal. They told us nothing was wrong during our first visit, but we came back and they took it in for a front-end alignment. The front-end alignment people said it was fine, no problem. Yet, the car stills goes right when you let go of the wheel. We have checked the tire pressure and keep it at 30-32lbs. all around. The car has a set of Falken 16 inch tires and SAAB 16 inch factory wheels. The dealer here says that because we have the lower profile tires that that can be the cause of the car drifting to the right. He says the tires ride differently in the ruts in the road causing it to pull slightly to the right. All I can say to that, is that I had a 1995 900 turbo coupe with exact same wheels (but with a different brand of tire) and I never had this drifting problem. Any suggestions? Should we install the standard 15" tires and wheels to correct this problem? Thanks for any help.

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