Edmunds Answers

Voted Best Answer

  • avatar Stever@Edmunds 07/06/09 5:54 pm PST

    Honda Service Bulletin # 06-068 dated October 3, 2006 is titled "Vehicle Pulling or Drifting."

    It covers all Honda Models from 1999 - 2007. It's a warranty fix, and if your vehicle is out of warranty, then the repair may be eligible for goodwill consideration by Honda. There are some procedures in the bulletin that talk about loosening the subframe bolts and shifting the subframe.

    Here's the link to the bulletin from Driveaccord.net, but it's a pdf file.

    If you dealer continues to refuse to help you, call Honda and ask them to open a case for you, since it's a known problem and it's a safety issue.

    Source: 

Answers

  • karjunkie 07/06/09 4:52 pm PST

    What you need is a good alignment. The subframe is not adjustable. The dealer is not going to do the alignment under warranty. For that, go to a good tire shop that specializes in alignments and has a good laser alignment system.

  • Stever@Edmunds 07/06/09 5:54 pm PST

    Honda Service Bulletin # 06-068 dated October 3, 2006 is titled "Vehicle Pulling or Drifting."

    It covers all Honda Models from 1999 - 2007. It's a warranty fix, and if your vehicle is out of warranty, then the repair may be eligible for goodwill consideration by Honda. There are some procedures in the bulletin that talk about loosening the subframe bolts and shifting the subframe.

    Here's the link to the bulletin from Driveaccord.net, but it's a pdf file.

    If you dealer continues to refuse to help you, call Honda and ask them to open a case for you, since it's a known problem and it's a safety issue.

    Source: 

  • 0patience 07/07/09 3:03 am PST

    Here is a portion of the TSB. I only posted a portion of it.
    You might ask them if it pertains to your problem.

    Steering - Vehicle Pulls/Drifts to the Left/Right
    06-068
    October 4, 2007
    *Applies To:
    ALL*
    Vehicle Pulling or Drifting
    (Supersedes 06-068, dated January 12, 2007, to update the information marked by asterisks)

    SYMPTOM
    While driving on a straight road, the vehicle pulls or drifts to the right or left.

    BACKGROUND
    New tools were developed to help you diagnose and correct a pulling and/or steering wheel off-center issue. There is a diagnosis worksheet included to take on your test-drive and record your findings. These values are used to build the 15-digit DTC (diagnostic trouble code) that is required for your warranty claim. The last step in each repair procedure helps you create the correct code.

    In the rare case that you have to repair a vehicle that pulls and has the steering wheel off-center, use REPAIR PROCEDURE B to file your warranty claim.

    *For more information, refer to Training Module SSC 44 - Steering Drift or Pull Interactive Service Bulletin.*

    PROBABLE CAUSES
    Several conditions can cause the vehicle to pull or drift:
    ^ Wheel alignment
    ^ Tires
    ^ Steering wheel off-center (no pulling or drifting, but a customer may believe this is the case)

    CORRECTIVE ACTION
    Diagnose the problem using the special tools and the worksheet on page 4 that guides you to one of four repair procedures.
    DIAGNOSTIC WORKSHEET
    REPAIR PROCEDURE B
    1. Place the vehicle on a commercially available, computerized, four-wheel alignment rack, and record the following measurements. Follow the equipment manufacturer's instructions.
    NOTE :Enter each reading in decimal degrees. Example 30' = 0.5°.
    2. If any measurement is out of specification, inspect the front suspension for any damage. Repair the damaged components before continuing your diagnosis.
    3. Determine how the front wheel camber is affecting the pull. Pick the combination of left- and right-front camber that best matches the vehicle you are repairing, then note the camber thrust direction for that combination:
    4. Determine how the camber needs to be adjusted.
    5. Adjust the camber as needed.
    Front Camber Adjustment, Double Wishbone Suspension
    ^ Loosen the front subframe bolts. See the applicable service manual for more information.
    NOTE :The front wheels are being viewed from the rear of the vehicle.
    ^ Depending which way you need to shift the subframe, insert a pry bar between the subframe and body at both the front and rear positions of the subframe.
    NOTE :Be careful not to damage the vehicle. You could bend and damage the frame and/or body if you apply too much pressure.
    ^ Press on both pry bars to shift the subframe. It will move only a few millimeters. This should adjust the camber about 0.2-0.5°.
    ^ While holding the subframe in place, have an assistant torque the subframe bolts to their proper torque.

ADVERTISEMENT

Top Suspension Experts View More

Rank Leader Points
1. MrShift@Edmunds 1890
2. karjunkie 1645
3. zaken1 840
4. texases 560
5. tony78 480
6. Stever@Edmunds 425
7. actualsize 395
ADVERTISEMENT