2008 Mazda 3 2.3L Manual tranny. Steering wheel turns a bit to the left and the car turns right when accelerating at any speed.

Asked by Oct 30, 2015 at 07:34 PM about the 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Even while driving at highway speeds in top gear.  if I accelerate, the
steering wheel turns slightly left and the car pulls to the right.  The car
drives perfectly straight while maintaining a constant speed.  Alignment was
done in the summer time and the tires are wearing perfectly even.  I went
to Mufflerman for a diagnostic and the guy told me that the control arm
bushings are to blame and he demonstrated with the car on a hoist (no
weight on the suspension) with a pry bar how when you apply pressure to
the end of the control arm it makes the tire move as well.  Both control
arms have been replaced in the last 3 years and I bought Mazda dealer
parts.  I can't see how all of a sudden the car started doing this being
blamed on the control arm bushings (that are almost new).  The tech at
Mufflerman said all the end links are fine.  They are all original.  New CV on
the drivers side last year and new shocks in the rear 2 years ago.  Struts
are original.  111,000 miles on it now.

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Check tire pressures and make sure they are all the same. What is happening is probably just torque steer which is normal in front wheel drive cars.

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