Santa Fe FWD V6-2.7L (2007)
Alignment: Technical Service Bulletins
Steering/Suspension - Drift/Pull Diagnosis/Repair
Group: SUSPENSION SYSTEM
Date: JULY, 2008
DIAGNOSIS AND CORRECTION OF VEHICLE PULL
This bulletin supersedes TSB 05-50-012 to include 2009 models
Several factors may cause vehicle pull, both vehicle related and external conditions. The purpose of this bulletin is to assist in identifying the vehicle
related conditions that cause pull and how to correct those conditions.
CAUSES OF VEHICLE PULL:
Vehicle pull is the tendency of the vehicle to drift right or left while driving in a straight ahead direction on a straight road at a constant speed with no
pressure on the steering wheel. This pull or drift may be gradual and can always be compensated for by inputs through the steering wheel. One or more
of the following conditions may cause the vehicle to pull:
Non-vehicle conditions that may cause the vehicle to pull:
Cambered road surfaces - Most highways are built with cambered or "crowned" surfaces to drain rain water. Sometimes the road camber is visually
noticeable. Other times, it is not. The vehicle may tend to pull to the left or right, depending on the camber of the road surface.
Cross-winds - A sometimes overlooked, yet possible cause of steering drift is cross-winds. Side winds at higher vehicle speeds may cause vehicle
pull. Please do not rule out cross-winds when diagnosing a vehicle pull.
Vehicle pull caused by these two conditions is not related to vehicle adjustments and no repair should be made.
Vehicle conditions that may cause the vehicle to pull:
Tire inflation pressure - As small as a 2 pounds/square inch tire inflation pressure difference between the right and left tires may cause a vehicle to
pull. Be sure to check the tire pressure before the tires are warmed up prior to attempting more extensive diagnosis.
Wheel alignment - Slightly out of specification wheel alignment causes very few vehicles to pull. Therefore, if the vehicle wheel alignment has been
adjusted as close as possible to specification, DO NOT attempt to correct the vehicle pull by changing the wheel alignment angles by bending
suspension components or other non-approved methods.
Uneven brake adjustment - If one of the four brakes is dragging, the vehicle may pull to the side of the dragging brake. Verify that none of the brakes
are dragging and that they are adjusted correctly prior to attempting more extensive diagnosis.
Incorrect vehicle trim height - If the trim height of the vehicle is not equal on all sides, the vehicle may pull to the side of the lower trim height.
Check and adjust the trim height of the vehicle as necessary. Please note that a slight variation in the vehicle trim height seldom causes a noticeable