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Old 18-08-11, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default 308 Hatchback moving left.

Hi,

I am in UK and I have purchased Peugeot approved 308 hatchback (2008 model) a week ago. In a week drive I realised that my car moves slightly left while moving. I need to keep my steering straight with little pressure.
Yesterday I have asked my Peugeot dealer to check it. Dealer's Mechanic told me that there is no problem in the car. It is normal in Peugeot as they move left slightly, company has made it deliberately like this so that in case drive sleeps car will move in left rather than hit someone middle or opposite side of the road.

Somehow I am not satisfied with the answer. Could you share your point of view, is it normal in Peugeots to move slight left while driving.

Thanks in advance,

JM
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Old 18-08-11, 07:47 PM   #2
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Sounds a lad of bull that to me get it 4 wheel digital aligned at tyre fitters then make sure you ask for written report or put your foot down get peugeot to do it have you checked its not been accident repaired?
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Old 18-08-11, 07:50 PM   #3
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Normal. Fat tyres, fairy heavy car for it's size, plus a nearside UK camber make a slight tendency to drift left if you relieve pressure from the wheel. The new Astra I'm driving this week is much the same, requiring a light touch to keep it dead straight on most roads. Any car that tracks dead straight on a camber isn't set up properly.

That's laughable about it being a deliberate design feature to prevent head on accidents - your dealer talks some bollocks!

Anyhoo, provided your tyre pressures are spot on and your tyres are less than half worn, you almost certainly can relax, nothing to worry about.
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Old 18-08-11, 08:05 PM   #4
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Any car that tracks dead straight on a camber isn't set up properly.
Aren't all roads cambered slightly though?? And if so, I must have driven dozens of cars who aren't set up correctly.... every car I've ever owned has always been able to track straight without any hands on the wheel at all, including my 407 now..... not that I drive without hands on the wheel, just as a test
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Old 19-08-11, 01:13 AM   #5
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Normal. Fat tyres, fairy heavy car for it's size, plus a nearside UK camber make a slight tendency to drift left if you relieve pressure from the wheel. The new Astra I'm driving this week is much the same, requiring a light touch to keep it dead straight on most roads. Any car that tracks dead straight on a camber isn't set up properly.

That's laughable about it being a deliberate design feature to prevent head on accidents - your dealer talks some bollocks!

Anyhoo, provided your tyre pressures are spot on and your tyres are less than half worn, you almost certainly can relax, nothing to worry about.
I know you say it's laughable but I heard that cars slightly veer to the left in order to prevent accidents in the case of sleep/paralysis etc.

Although I'd have to side with the camber of the road being the deciding factor there, rather than the car setup.

Is the whole road a very slight arc? Or just the edges? (a little side-question)
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Old 19-08-11, 09:59 AM   #6
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I know you say it's laughable but I heard that cars slightly veer to the left in order to prevent accidents in the case of sleep/paralysis etc.
Problem is, overtake and move the car on to the adverse camber and the effect is reversed, so that's just myth.

On a dead flat surface they don't do it, but on cambered UK roads they do. It's normal. Any car that tracks true on a camber has something wrong with it.

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Aren't all roads cambered slightly though??
Not by a long chalk, unfortunately, though newer roads tend to be.
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Old 20-08-11, 09:58 PM   #7
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Thanks guys.. Looks like its normal in Peugeot... I am bit relaxed now..
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