5000tq pulling right

Bernard Littau bernardl at acumenassociates.com
Sat Aug 24 10:56:34 EDT 2002

> I went to get my alignment checked on my '86 5000tq and the
> mechanic told me
> it probably wasn't the alignment but rather that the steel belts in one of
> the tires are pulling apart and that is causing the pull to the right.  He
> said this because acording to him the my car does not have adjusters for
> right and left as I understand him and for it to pull because of the
> alignment it would have to be way out. (Which is possible)  I
> just wanted to
> get some backup that this guy knows what he is talking about.  I went to
> Midas since it was only going to be an alignment instead of my
> normal repair
> shop.  Any thoughts or comments are appreciated.

Midas is not a good choice for a Quattro alignment.  In fact, it is likely
(by reputation) to be a very bad choice, although to their credit, they
don't sell tires, so he may well be telling you the truth.  It does not take
much to make a 5ktq pull slightly to one side or the other.  Mine tracks
straight if I drive in the middle of a typical crowned road.  It pulls left
if I drive left of center, and pulls right if I drive right of center.

Let the list know what city you are in, and ask for suggestions for local
alignment shops known to do a good job, and known to be quattro savvy.


Bernard Littau
Woodinville, WA
'88 5ktq

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