Updated at: 04-08-2022 - By: Lucas

When driving, one of the most typical problems you’ll run into is an automobile that pulls to the right or left, but more often to the right.

Even if you’re not driving, you may expect a car to pull right if you take your hand off the steering wheel or if you brake.

There are a number of possible causes for an automobile to pull either to the right or to the left during acceleration, but the most likely culprit is an issue with the steering or suspension. A rough road, a flat tire, or even a car with a heavier load on one side can all contribute to the issue.

Causes why cars pull to the right when driving

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As I mentioned earlier, this can happen if you let off of the steering wheel while driving on a straight route. To keep the car on a straight course, you may need to slightly turn the steering wheel to the left.

The most prevalent reasons of this are steering and suspension issues. A pothole on the road is the most common place to see this. In this scenario, the wheel alignment is out of whack, and readjusting the alignment angle is the only way to fix it.

Shock absorbers that are worn or defective might cause the automobile to pull to one side when driving on uneven roads.

Secondly, if you are experiencing this problem, you should not jump to the conclusion that your steering has to be adjusted. Tires with incorrect pressure or tires that need to be replaced are two common causes of flat tires.

When the weight is distributed unevenly, the car can occasionally veer to the right. There may be an issue if the trunk is full or if there are more passengers than usual on one side of the car. In this situation, resolving the issue is as simple as asking the passengers to switch sides or redistributing the items in the trunk.

In addition to faulty wheel alignment or wear on the suspension and steering components, other causes of cars pulling to the right when driving include a violation of the car body geometry as a result of an accident, damaged rims, or damaged brake discs.

Due to the usual wear and tear of the aforementioned automotive components, owners of high-mileage cars will notice that their vehicles tend to pull forcefully to the right more frequently.

A faulty or worn wheel bearing is a less common reason of an automobile pulling to one side. This stops the wheel from turning freely and slows it down. A worn-out CV joint is a less common source of the problem. The differential, which is extremely rare, may be the source of the problem if it fails to transmit torque evenly between the wheels on one axle.

There may be an issue with the steering system if the tires are in good condition and the wheel alignment is correct, but the car still pulls to the right and you can hear some bumps in the steering wheel. It’s possible that a malfunctioning steering rack, loose tips, or rods are to blame for the increased amount of wheel sway.

Why cars pull to the right when braking?

The brake system should be checked if the car pulls to the right solely during braking. A jammed cylinder, poor caliper guides, or a damaged hydraulic line are all possibilities.

The same may be said for a malfunctioning CV joint, which can cause a car to pull to one side when braking. The hub bearing buzzes or howls when it’s worn, and the CV joint creaks when the wheels are turned when it’s in need of repair.

As a result of worn ball joints and worn shock absorbers, the car’s suspension will cause it to pull to one side when you apply the brakes. Uneven tire pressure is another factor to consider. Because a flat tire has more surface area in contact with the road, it performs better when braking.

You should use an OBDII scanner to check for malfunctioning wheel sensors and control valves on vehicles with ABS.

Why does the car pull to the right after alignment?

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A bad wheel alignment is most likely to blame if this occurs. There is a problem that must be reported in the workshop. The warranty for this procedure is only a few days, therefore it’s best to get it done as soon as possible.

How to know the exact cause

There are several typical causes of a right-hand drive car, and I’ll explain how to identify them. Some inspections are straightforward and may be completed by anyone, but others necessitate the use of an elevator, ideally with two jacks, or an observation pit.

Though pulling to the right or left is rare, it is worth inspecting the differential if no other problems were discovered during the previous inspections.

  • Check the wheel alignment. Here things are rather simple, if you release the steering wheel when driving and the car does not keep a straight line, then you should first check the wheel alignment. Inspect the tires for uneven tread wear, or bumps
  • Check the tire pressure. This is also a simple thing to do, just compare the pressure in all tires to see if they are the same.
  • Inspect the steering. With the help of an assistant, tell him to hold the steering wheel and then shake the wheels left and right. If you notice a play, then more likely steering parts are worn.
  • Check the braking system. See if there are no dents or cracks on the braking discs and observe their wear, also don’t forget the pads, they should be uniform, check the mobility of the cylinders, and caliper guides.
  • Check the car’s suspension. To see f the shock absorbers are worn, press firmly with both hands on the body on each side. If you hear sounds like knocks, or squeaks and the car is shaking too much, then there is a clear sign that the shock absorbers are worn.

How to prevent the car from pulling to the right

It’s best to solve the problem thoroughly once you’ve pinpointed the root cause.

  • If the problem is a failing shock absorber, rod, brake disc, pad, or spring, then it is good to change both parts. It is also not good to replace the steering parts with some second ones, they only need to be replaced with new ones.
  • If you have been involved in an accident, check that the car’s geometry has not suffered and that the wheel alignment is done properly.
  • Also, do not use old tires even if they look good.


Numerous factors result in the vehicle veering to the right or left. Without prompt repair of brake-related issues, this might lead to serious accidents and injuries.