Car’s been pulling hard left even with a good alignment. Shop diagnosed the at least one of the (front?) tires as having radial pull, swapped the front tires, and now the car drives straight again.
Kind of annoyed since these were new tires, too. Also, questions! How common is this? Is this a symptom of cheaper tires? What if the tires are directional and can’t be swapped left to right? (I assume you’d be boned.) What happens to tires on new cars — who figures out why the car won’t drive in a straight line? (Again, bonage of someone, I assume.)
In any case, I’m mostly glad I don’t have to deal with arm cramps from holding the steering wheel at a 10 degree angle for my entire commute.
Image source and a pretty good overview of radial pull: http://www.agcoauto.com/content/news/p…