Traditionally it will start to roll straight and just decide after a bit to go in a random direction. I have not had the time or dry roads to test on since the new tires went on.Had you tried coasting in neutral down a long, straight hill ? Does it wander left/right ? Is the parking brake fully releasing ? Clutching at straws here !!!
Bummer. Look for a used one for sale locally and give it a test drive to see if it does the same. You actually are closer since you're working with the service manager.This dealer has zero 124's in stock.
I'm now taking additional time off work this morning to drive the car for the shop foreman. My guess is, because they let it sit for 36 hours, they drove it briefly on local roads with low tire pressure, which masked the pulling with the larger surface area.
He already tried to blame the tires and the fact that it tramlines on them being summer tires.
He's been up to speed on the process but it's the first time he's driven the car. He's been agreeing with everyone else so far...alignment, tire pressure, tires, no immediate outlier otherwise. He works long enough days that I didn't want to ask him to stay after hours and do more work on this possessed machine.This is the first time your mechanic roommate has provided input to you about the situation? Anything further than just acknowledging the pull?
Yup.Unless that's an optical illusion, it looks like I'm looking a bent control arm.
Glad you found the cause, not so much that four shops (?) would have missed it. Certainly does not increase confidence, I bet. Best of luck getting your damages covered!Jacked up incorrectly at first tyre change ? Happy for you now, sort of !!!
Welcome to my life lolI have no words. You have to be the unluckiest guy in the world to have gone to that many inept and incompetent people. Another reason I do all my own work now.
I said something along those lines, too!Holy crap.
I can't figure it out either. I know I sure as hell didn't do it. And I would agree - it would be hard for a curb to do that and not take the exhaust and body panels off first.I don't even know how that could happen! Especially the direction of the bend, it's perpendicular to the motion of travel of the arm. Looks like maybe whoever put that first set of tires on backed your car into something while reversing (if whatever it was could even clear the bumper) or they did something majorly fucky when lifting the car. Yikes!
Hopefully! Straight up - if my roommate replaces that link and aligns the car later this week and it still does not resolve, I'm getting a different car.Hooray! Mystery solved! I am so glad to see these photos.
At the very least I believe Fiat owes me a refund as well as shop # 4. I think I'll have difficulty getting anything from shop # 1 from the October install, given the length of time and the number of cooks in the kitchen here.Show those pictures to the manager of each place that took money off you for nothing and get refunds - Show them to the first tyre shop to get them to pay for the damage they did in October
It depends - if you ask the supreme court: yes, as long as the vehicle is maintained according to the manufacturer's recommendation it's the burden of the manufacturer to prove a modification or maintenance was performed incorrectly/not performed and damaged the car.Are you allowed to get servicing etc done away from the dealer without invalidating anything?
Not sure - I don't know why you would ever jack this car up from that point but I think you'd struggle to fit a lift arm there, too. It's a hell of a weird angle.Jacked up incorrectly at first tyre change ? Happy for you now, sort of !!!
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. That has entered my mind too. And that's why I'll trade the car if this doesn't resolve it.What I am still curious about, though, is how would rotating tires change behavior, with a bent control arm?