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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 6:39 pm    Post subject: Mazda Premacy Reply with quote

Can anyone voice an opinion about a nearly new 1.8I Premacy pulling to the nearside when you take your hands off the steering wheel. I thought this was only caused by chassis damage or poor geometry, but the dealer seems to think it is normal
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Mazda Premacy Reply with quote

You might try a wheel alignment. Also roads are often skewed to the side, so the water does not keep on them. When you are on road like that the car will pull to the side. Make sure you are on totaly even surface and see if it's still pulling.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Mazda Premacy Reply with quote

Thanks for that but I have never in 40 odd years of owning cars experienced the car pulling to the nearside unless there was a problem, The DEALER seems to think that it is normal for a nearly new car to do this. I do not think this should happen and want know if anybody else has had the same problem.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Mazda Premacy Reply with quote

It shouldn't pull. I'd first check tire pressure, and then make sure that the toe is set correctly, and generally that the alignment is within spec and not 'just barely.'

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 2:33 am    Post subject: Re: Mazda Premacy Reply with quote

I agree with Java - likely to be uneven tire pressures. Otherwise, check around the front grill etc for signs of rework from an incident. Check the wheel rims for scratches or dents - just an indication that it might have been up over a kerb or sharp edge that can put your steering out. Because it is near new, then the other option of worn tie-rod ends would not be likely. Take care, it may be serious.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 9:33 am    Post subject: Re: Mazda Premacy Reply with quote

Hi Kiwi & Java ,
Thanks for yor views re the Premacy.
According to the Mazda Service Manager the tyres are at correct pressure,
the tracking etc are all within spec and he says that all Premacys have the same quirk. The car drives like a dream even at high speed which is where any fault with the set up should show up ie juddering.
Do you think I should accept this or escalate the complaint with Mazda Head Office?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 9:55 am    Post subject: Re: Mazda Premacy Reply with quote

Mick,

If the service manager insists that it is normal for Premacys pull to one side, perhaps he would like to take you for a test ride in another one that does (if he can find one).

Perhaps offering him an opportunity to drive your vehicle for himself might persuade him that further work is necessary to correct the condition of your vehicle. It might also work if you choose to appeal to Mazda.

One other thought comes to mind about cars pulling would be a bad tyre (belt problem). If this pulling started after a front/rear rotation of the wheels, switching them back could help to isolate the problem.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 11:41 am    Post subject: Re: Mazda Premacy Reply with quote

If possible, try a different dealer.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:29 am    Post subject: Re: Mazda Premacy Reply with quote

Hi Mjf - I know what will fix it then - and I kid you not! New tires!
If tires have been over potholes, they can get damage in selected areas like the outer half or inner half. If your camber is like the MPV, ie +0.5deg ~ -0.5deg ie fairly neutral, then these faults can cause a car to wander, or follow tramlines in the tarseal roads in particular as they are layed by spraying in lines... but I digress.

Find a section of road that it always has the same predictable bad tracking, ie off to the outside or whatever, get some tires with more tread than yours, at the correct pressure, and even a softer compound, and try them on the front and see if it does the same thing. You may be able to borrow a couple of spares or something for the test.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 8:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Mazda Premacy Reply with quote

Thats amazing,
Thanks for everybodys interest and possible solutions to my little problem. Even more amazing is that all the replies come from the States. I think that I will take the problem to Mazda HQ and let them fight it out with the local dealer. I will post the result for your info as and when, again thanks its good to know you are not on your own.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 8:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Mazda Premacy Reply with quote

Sorry KIWI,
I meant to include you in my last post as having taken the time to send a reply to me. Next time you are in Katherine say hi to my daughter Janet. Just joking Cheers,
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 7:55 am    Post subject: Re: Mazda Premacy Reply with quote

Hey from the looks of thing you got your little problem sorted out, very interested in know the out come plz post reply......

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