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Hi After enjoying driving my 307 for 7 years I changed to a new 308 sport just before christmas. I notice that it has a tendancy to drift to the left, I always seem to need to be just applying a bit of pressure to the steering wheel to keep it straight. I shall be going back to the dealer to have it checked out, but I just wondered if anyone else had a similar problem. Googled it and found a lot of people in Malaya for some reason have the same problem and are having difficulty finding a cure.
 
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Assuming you have 4 matching tyres that have at least half their tread left, then reset the pressures and try again.

You need a proper 4 wheel geometry check to be sure (and new tyres to make the check properly accurate), but mine does it too so I wouldn't be worrying.
 

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Hi, I have the same problem as yourself. Just purchased a 308 verve 1.6 and i have to keep constant pressure on the steering wheel to keep it in a straight line.Been back to dealer twice.first time i was told it was a feature of the car but i insisted that they look at it, they changed wheels around but it did not fix the prob.Second time they said there was an issue with the tracking and improved the steering a bit but it is still not right.It will be going back in this week. anyone got any ideas how to sort this issue they would be much appreciated.
Very very happy with my car except this one issue.
 
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Tracking? He's talking out his 'arris, FWA doesn't cause it.

At last count I've driven 8 x 308s, plus my own, and they all do it - the drive shaft is much longer on one side, so the inertial forces are unequal, and the whole lot is exacerbated by unusually fat tyres for the size of the car (mine has 225s on a 1.6 - what's that all about?). You'll never eliminate it, and I'm not losing any shut eye over it.
 

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Drifting to Left

I have taken my car back to the dealer and they say that it is a feature of the car which is worse because I have the fat tyres on my car. They did a minor adjustment to the tracking. At the moment I have decided not to be always anticipating that it is going to pull to the left, this has stopped me gripping the steering wheel so tight and therefore easing the tension in my right arm. Having to do this is not right but unless enough people complain about it nothing will ever get done. In saying this if what Chopper 1192 and the owners in Malaysia say ( see forum in autoworld.com ) then there is not much that will or can be done.
 

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I've noticed this too - and it is a wee bit alarming as it's quite a significant drift to the left. I'm starting to get a pain in my right shoulder on long journeys from having to constantly apply pressure on the wheel to keep the car straight on motorways etc
 
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That's an enduring urban myth - 'Tracking' issues won't cause drifting, unless both front wheels are off not only in the same direction, but also at the exact differential required when describing the seperate arcs taken between the inner and outer wheels - you'd be more likely to see elvis giving shergar a blowjob.

I recently drove a 90 on skinny 16's and the effect was less pronounced than my 110 on 225/17's - Im convinced it's down to the fashionably phat tyres they slap on them making them favour camber.
 

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http://www.roadtestreports.co.uk/road-test-reports/Peugeot/308/
It had new mirror switch and yes it does tend to pull to left, I sorted this with a trip to Kwikfit and asking them to set the track spot on, as if you have it set to within the tolerance it pulls.
I think that a bunch of 308s left the factory with the wrong settings or someone has given the assembly line the wrong figures.

Also, there is also a post doing the rounds that it is all down to the car being originally produced in LHD format and changed to RHD. I cannot see that there is much science behind the theory that it has something to do with the cars being LHD originally. The questions to ask is (a) do LHD cars suffer from this? and (b) why isn't this true of all cars made in LHD countries?

The answer comes if you search French sites - http://www.forum-peugeot.com/Forum/...iques-2/garantie-gauche-tire-sujet_1947_1.htm - even French 308s pull to the left.
 
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There are some roads in MK with a very rare right camber (I think they were intended as dual carriageways but they run out of money) and sure enough my 308 tends to wander the opposite way there, which is what makes me think it's the tyres.

'Tracking' (please chaps, it's front wheel alignment - tracking is something entirely different) does not cause pulling. It's bullpois. You could drive round with a flat tyre and it won't cause that. Camber, and more importantly castor, means that the wheels trail in position once the car is in motion.
 

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Our XSE 1.6 Turbo had the same characteristics from new - prone to tracking to the left (following the road camber). The front wheel wheel alignment was checked by a specialist; within spec although they adjusted it a small amount, with a little improvement. Sought independent advice from another steering specialist who advised that there's no way to adjust this out (by increasing castor). I rotated the tyres left to right and front to rear, and there was some further improvement, but still noticeable. At 45,000 km I replaced the original ContiPremiumContact2 with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 (205-55x16) and the characteristic has essentially disappeared. It steers better too!
 
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I'm going nuts - went into civilisation this morning and kept nipping to the wrong side of the road to check it out!

The original Conti Sport Contacts weren't good. Went for Avon ZV5 225/50 17s, and apart from a tendency to squirm a touch on white lines etc, they're much better.
 
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