Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 23:04:33 +0000 (UTC)
From: (Andrew Stephenson)
Subject: Re: Car drifts to the right, normal?

In article <> "Paul Halliday" writes: > in article, Andrew Stephenson at > wrote on 20/09/2002 16:16: > > > In article <miwi9.30682$> > > "Alan Zaza" writes: > > > >> I recently noticed my 2001 9-3 drifts to the right a little bit > >> when I let go of the wheel, [...] [has been told this is > >> normal and asks if this is true] > > > > AFAIK, this is completely true (although, of course, you may also > > have a fault in your alignment). On and off for the past 40-odd > > years in different countries, I have been told and had confirmed > > that cars' steering should be set up so the car will tend to move > > towards the near verge -- the left in drive-on-left countries or > > right in drive-on-right. This is a safety feature to catch the > > case where the driver releases the wheel (or possibly where the > > wheel becomes disconnected from the steering mechanism).. > > > > Think about it. If the driver releases the wheel, without this > > feature the car might wander anywhere. With this feature, the > > car is soon removed from the road and out of the way of traffic. > > If it harms the driver, well yes, that's sad; but at least other > > road users have not also been harmed. In any case, the sideways > > drift should be gentle, not a sharp swerve. > > So, you're saying that to mow down a group of children, [other > plainly disputatious drivel snipped] Jesus H, Paul, learn how to have a proper technical discussion. In anticipation of an argumentative gorm coming back with exactly your kind of response, I checked with the tech folks at a nearby Saab dealer/maintainer, Sabers of Norwich. Their man said (and I abridge whilst trying to be as true to what he said as possible): "When doing an alignment, we adjust the toe-in of the wheels to conform to design specifications, then the design ensures the car creeps down the camber (ie, off the road)." If you don't like it, don't complain sarcastically to me or start howling at the naughty old Moon. That's how it is. -- Andrew Stephenson

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