Prado Steering with Cooper AT

Submitted: Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 09:00
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I had a set of Cooper AT fitted to my 95 series Prado last year. Ever since it has problems steering straight always wanting to pull left. When on a straight stretch the steering wheel is off centre to the right.

Had the ball joint replacement as a result of the Toyota re-call, but no difference.

No amount of wheel alignmments has made any difference. One dealer suggested it could be the tyres.

Has anyone else experienced the same problemswith the Coopers. If so I'll probably replace them, when they are due, to avoid the problem in the future.

Prado TD
Gold Coast
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Reply By: Longreach - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:05

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:05
I have Coopers but not a Prado and haven't had this problem.

Have you tried swapping the wheels front to back ?

Perhaps you know someone else with same wheels and you can try a tempoarary swap to see if the problem stays or moves with the wheels/tyres.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:25

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:25
yea thats the first thing I would try, swapping tires with another truck..

What has the tire shop said? Maybe get the tires turned around on the rims too to see if it pulls the other direction.
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Follow Up By: Wizard1 - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:15

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:15
It only started doing it after fitting the Coopers, when I had the standard Dunlops it was fine...appreciate your tips.

I might try rotating them as you suggested and see if that works. I understand there could be an inbalance in the actual rubber, although I was led to beleive the wheel balance fixed that.
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Reply By: old-plodder - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 16:00

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 16:00
I just put some older tyres back on the front.
Pulled to the left.
Swapped side to side, solved the problem.
But these tyres had done a few hard miles and may not be true.
On the back now.

I am told it is not recommended to reverse the direction of tyres by swapping them side to side. The carcass seems to get a lay in one direction. I have seen carcass failures where some one swapped tyres side to side and then did a 100km/h on the highway.

But it would be a way to check.
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Reply By: cmilton54 - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 19:25

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 19:25
fit spare on lhs first if it still does it swap sides if it stops most likly out of round tyre
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