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Old 05-02-2001, 12:21 AM   #1
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On hard acceleration from a standstill, the car seems to pull to the right up until the 2nd gear. Alignment guy told me that front wheel cars tend to do that after I had my alignment done at his shop. That just didn't sound right, thinking about bringing it to the dealer just make sure...Wondering if any 5sp 2k Max is doing the same.
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My Max does this too

I think it's what they call torque steer. Not that it's normal but I think other peoples Max's do this as well. Just another flaw from Nissan.
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On hard acceleration from a standstill, the car seems to pull to the right up until the 2nd gear. Alignment guy told me that front wheel cars tend to do that after I had my alignment done at his shop. That just didn't sound right, thinking about bringing it to the dealer just make sure...Wondering if any 5sp 2k Max is doing the same.
This is why Audi said, years ago, that 200hp was a practical limit for FWD and came up with Quattro for their more powerful cars. In the case of the maxima the torque steer is very mild with stock wheels of stock offset. With aftermarket wheels with the tire contact patch moved outwards this becomes a noticeable problem, as these type cars are very sensitive to wheel offset.

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All high power front wheel drive cars do that. It is not "another Nissan" problem. My SHO that had problem also. There are costly ways to fix that, but it is cheaper to not accelerate as hard. Front wheel drive cars were designed for economy in mind, not performance.
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I just thought it had something to do with the differential allowing the wheel with more traction to grab better, therefore it gets more of the power distribution and thus pulls the car that direction. Mine seems to pull sometimes to the left, so this was my logic. Not sure though.
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Thanks for all the responses, at least I don't feel too bad about it, especially when you can't do anything about it, w/out the costly remedy that is....
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I just thought it had something to do with the differential allowing the wheel with more traction to grab better, therefore it gets more of the power distribution and thus pulls the car that direction. Mine seems to pull sometimes to the left, so this was my logic. Not sure though.
In a front wheel drive vehicle, since the tranny has to be positioned to turn the front wheels, it's placed off the center of the vehicle and turned. Hence, the distance from the differential to each of the front tires is different so torque steer occurs. This only happens when you floor it on a high powered car... not giving enough time for the differential to negotiate the power.

In a rear wheel drive vehicle, the drive shaft usually runs down the center of the car... and so the differential is located in the center (with respect to width). The distance between each rear wheel to the differential is the same... therefore, no torque steer.
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All high power front wheel drive cars do that. It is not "another Nissan" problem. My SHO that had problem also. There are costly ways to fix that, but it is cheaper to not accelerate as hard. Front wheel drive cars were designed for economy in mind, not performance.
i think this is harder said then done....to have something like the 5th gen max infront of u and not accel hard is hard....esp if there is a race about to take place
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