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#1 (permalink) Old 11-26-2009, 03:02 PM
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I originally thought that I was imagining that my Cee'd was pulling to the left but its definitely real.If I let go of the steering wheel,it gradually veers left(even my girlfriend fully agrees).Surely this cant be normal?Anyone else experience this?Should I bring it to a Kia garage immediately?Would warranty cover that if it was a problem?Thanks
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Yep. Had this problem the last 9 months.When I originally took it to have the wheel alignment chekt, Kwik fit wouldn't touch it as it was new and said it was under warranty.

Took it to Kia dealer who wanted to charge me £40 to check. they told me its not under warranty.

Took it back to Kwik fit who freely checked but found no problem. so lived with it till service yesterday where i got other dealer to look at it.

They Quot "Carried out road test found vehicle to pull very slightly to left - will require full laser wheel alignment."

talking to guy there he said they recommend a four wheel alignment center in swindon.

There is a long Thread on here somewhere about this
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im sure mine does a little too. i know the steering is very light but it might be me trying to get used to the kia.
but heres the link to that thread. http://www.kia-forums.com/kia-ceed-f...ling-left.html

hope you get it sorted
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Thanks guys,at least I'm not the only one this is happening to!

xedee-do you know if warranty will cover four wheel alignment?Keep us updated after you get it done,hopefully it will improve it,thanks.
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I was told by two kia dealers its not covered in warranty as its wear and tear, i,e I may of hit a curb or large pot hole. However if it is due to mechanical fault with the steering suspension etc then those parts are. That's why I got them to check it first at serves.

However if you have only just got the car and its pulling I'd demand them to sort it. I had 4,000 miles on clock when i first noticed it. Tyre wear at mo is still ok so probably wait till after Christmas for 4 wheel alignment check "money issue"
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This might be worth reading, they seem to go to a lot of trouble to set the neutral position. Alignment may not be the problem.

http://cars.pdfki.com/kia/ceed/docs/.../ED%20MDPS.pdf
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If you drive on the left, your car will naturally steer left, its caused by road camber.
If you want to test your car whilst driving, you have to drive it either on a non cambered road or straddle the center line in the road before letting go of the steering wheel, DO NOT let off the throttle, but keep it steady, as letting off the throttle will cause the steering geometry to change.
Straddling the center line subjects the nearside wheel to positive camber and the offside wheel to negative camber, both at the same time, the result should make your car steer in a straight line.
If your car still steers off to the left, then you need to get it checked, the common cause is toe out on the nearside front wheel.

EDIT: make sure your tyre pressures are correct

WARNING! DRIVING YOUR CAR DOWN THE CENTER OF THE ROAD CAN BE DAMAGING TO YOUR HEALTH

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after a couple of days of driving it,mine is ok.
i think what it is with mine is that i havent had a car with such light steering.
"camber of the road" how many time have i heard that. while yes its true i had loads of trouble with a mondeo i bought and had it in for four wheel alignment and this that and the other and even the bloke who was qualified took me up the road in it and was trying to tell me it was the camber. well i knew it wasnt and was proved right with the car pulling to the left while the camber on the road was on the right.
it was a well known thing with mondeos abut the mechanic would not have it, yep he was right with all the tests as the wheels were in line ok but even though it pulled he was adamant that it wasnt the car.
to cut it short it was but i suppose what im trying to say is that you should be able to tell if its the camber or not quite easy really, like if your on a road with opposite camber and the car is still pulling to the left then you do have a problem with the car.

sorry rant over now.
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