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Turning a corner

Asked by Geoff Dunlop

I bought a new 2002 Subaru Liberty RX sedan and at more than 85km/h it wouldn't steer straight. Subaru said it was ``tracking or tramming due to the low-profile tyres''. Similar cars supplied by them had the same trait. I recently corrected the problem by increasing the castor by over one degree with an MRT castor/camber kit. Can you explain why Subaru would not have made this simple correction during design/manufacture?

Answered by CarsGuide

16 Mar 2004 Graham Smith

I can only guess at Subaru's thinking, but in all likelihood the company made a commercial decision that it wasn't something that would concern owners and that correcting it didn't warrant whatever investment they would have to make to fix something they clearly didn't believe was a problem. Some cars do tramline, that is to follow the road surface, when fitted with low-profile tyres and sporting suspension settings. What your experience shows is that we have a resourceful aftermarket industry that's capable of fixing problems that carmakers either can't or don't want to fix.

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