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#11 (permalink) Old 11-14-2012, 09:19 PM
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Are you saying the tires are mismatched? Different brands & tread patterns on different wheels? What are the tire pressures?

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The tire mismatch issue could be contributing. Even if labelled as the same size, different brands can all be +/- a certain percentage. To test that theory, put a chalk mark on the same spot on each tire and drive a short distance. Stop and see where all your chalk marks end up. I bet they will be in different spots. Learned that handy tip from a buddy of mine who is a tech.

Tire mis-matching can be hard on your 4wd system as well as each tire is rotating at different rates.
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Does sound like we might have multiple variables here. Therefore no better than wild guesses for answers.
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I'm with R Tex F. Something is wrong. I have a 08 RAV V6 Ltd 4wd 36k miles and the steering is weighted on the light side but fine. Never pulls to eighter side and drives straight down the road with very slight corrections to compensate for road slope and condition, a joy to steer and drive.

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I still say it's a brake issue, since he said it pulls to the right only when braking.
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It's not just braking. the Rav4 pulls right during normal driving. only time it doesn't pull right is when at highway speeds.
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You can get an alignment and see if you can reduce the caster a bit. That will decrease the self-centering of the steering, but I don't know how the electric steering assist will react though.

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It's not just braking. the Rav4 pulls right during normal driving. only time it doesn't pull right is when at highway speeds.
Sorry, me got confused!
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I own a 2007 V6 rav4 Sport, with the stock wheel/tire sizes. I find my steering is a bit too light for me. Very happy with it, but used to the slightly stiffer feel of Subarus. I have absolutly no steering or pulling issues at all. Just giving you something to compare to...
My Subaru had a solid steering feel also, loved it. But in the Rav, the steering doesn't need very much input to make slight corrections while driving on uneven roadways. It annoys me slightly, but its not a huge problem. Its just a bit vague.
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