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Old 03-20-2018, 11:27 AM
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Car turns to the right when braking and to the left when accelerating

Trying to narrow down an issue I've been having.. When I hit the brake the wheel turns to the right and when I hit the gas it goes to the left. Its noticeable even at slower speeds. I'm pretty sure my alignment is off (it was off before this issue too), a couple of my struts are failing (rear right is completely shot, front right is on its way out, planning to go coilovers soon enough), rear passenger wheel bearing is shot (got a new one, will install), sway bar bushings are shot (got new ones all around, will install), and my rims got bent from some potholes (swapped to stock rims for now). My motor mounts are great though, stiff and all. Really annoying issue as I have to basically fight the steering wheel the whole time while driving (rather tiring). Gonna take care of everything wrong very soon but just curious if this issue I'm having with the steering wheel turning is going to be fixed by the above items, or do I have another unrelated problem I need to take care of? 02 TL-S

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Old 03-20-2018, 12:24 PM
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yeah sounds like some messed up suspension components.. alignment would determine what is potentially broken. do coils first if you're going to do it anyway and THEN alignment. check all your bushings at the same time.
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Replace everything you know is bad, get the vehicle aligned, then see what it does.
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Yup I guess that was the plan anyways but I really wanted to know if it was a separate issue or if anyone else had something like this happen. Could a frozen caliper cause anything like this? (I initially was considering that but it also goes to the left when accelerating...) Also my current setup is Tokico shocks (blown) + H&R springs (absolutely fine) which has me wondering if maybe instead of the Tein coilovers I was going to buy I could just go for Truhart shocks (meant for lowered cars) and save some money (ofc I wouldn't have the adjustability of coilovers but I don't really mind that as it should still ride very well and restore my ability to take corners for a lower cost)
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With so many known suspension issues, it's hard to say if there's also something else at play.
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Went ahead and ordered everything else, gonna get it aligned after installing it all and see what happens. Also just wondering if anyone notices a rather dramatic drop in performance as the car heats up? Like after about 30+ minutes of driving the coolant temp and everything is fine but the car seems to drive less nicely/efficiently. New headers, two new Denso O2 sensors (preventatively, not because of any issues). I read some threads about 3G TL's having heatsoak issues like this but with no resolution. In cool weather after a cold start it pulls really well, but gradually gets worse and worse over the course of the drive (but not completely terrible either).
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Also, do I absolutely have to raise the hood up if I install an MDX intake manifold spacer? Is there a different spacer (from like an Odyssey maybe that's shorter) that I can use so I don't have to raise the hood? I just want to move the torque curve a bit so it's more usable in traffic, not sure what other relatively easily modifications I can do to help with that. Already got headers, UR pulleys, and a CAI :/ If I just had a bit more torque around 2-3k rpms I'd be very happy. What cars could I pull a larger throttle body or intake manifold from that would be somewhat worth it? J37 manifolds from 2009+ acuras are a bit too hard to find in junkyards.. Lots of 01-06 MDXs, 99-07ish Odysseys, 99-06 TLs, sometimes Pilots, etc..

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Update: the issue was a seized brake caliper, replaced both front calipers and the issue with the turning to the right and left is gone. I have also replaced all four of my struts with Truharts matched with H&R springs and new Moog sway bar bushings, Mood lower ball joints, tie rod ends, and upper control arms. Next up is some new pads, rotors, and another alignment. I feel like the car still doesn't handle as well as I'd like it to though, somewhat uncertain feeling on the freeway when I'm taking a curve during high speed braking.
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Yup I guess that was the plan anyways but I really wanted to know if it was a separate issue or if anyone else had something like this happen. Could a frozen caliper cause anything like this? (I initially was considering that but it also goes to the left when accelerating...) Also my current setup is Tokico shocks (blown) + H&R springs (absolutely fine) which has me wondering if maybe instead of the Tein coilovers I was going to buy I could just go for Truhart shocks (meant for lowered cars) and save some money (ofc I wouldn't have the adjustability of coilovers but I don't really mind that as it should still ride very well and restore my ability to take corners for a lower cost)
I have the Truhart Shocks and let me tell you no complaints on those. installed them with Truhart lowering springs and I've had no issues. Rides smooth too. I've had them for over a year now. less than 20k miles on them.
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