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As a recent lurker and now proud owner of a 7 month old VW Tiguan, I have a question for other owners.
Mine is a 2.0L Diesel SEL 4Motion. On a number of roads I seem to have to apply a slight bias to the right on the steering. With hands off the car drives straight. Do others notice the same? Is it a feature of 4WD or the road camber?
 

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Hi niggly and welcome. As the 4wd system runs primarily in 2wd (front wheels) until the car detects that 4wd is needed, then I suspect what you're experiencing is probably, as you say, road camber.
Having said that, I've not personally noticed any bias on the steering, so other than road camber, then I'm not sure of the exact phenomenon that you're experiencing.

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Thank you for your reply essjay.
What I have noticed is on a lot of roads I have to apply a very slight turn to the right on the wheel to maintain a straight line. On a flat road I can take my hands off wheel briefly and it goes perfectly straight. The car is new to me and I don't know if it is a characteristic of the 19 inch wide tyres and the road camber- or a misalignment issue.
 

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If its going straight on flat roads then it doesn't sound like alignment though as if alignment was out, you would have to correct it more on a flat road.

Do you have any reverse camber roads anywhere at all that you can see if that means you have to do the reverse of what you are doing now?
 

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I don't know of any reverse camber roads that I could safely use, but I understand what you are suggesting.
I am probably being hyper critical since it is a new car to me, and I was curious whether others had noticed a similar behaviour with their cars.
 

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It might just be too late now

But VW will cover a wheel alignment check upto 6 months or 6k which ever is sooner.

Because your in month 7 you could come up with an excuse to say you could not bring it in sooner see if there is any flexibility by the dealer
 

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Unfortunately I am the second owner of this car. It was registered new at the end of September 2016 by someone who apparently didn't get along with it. They are said to have gone back to an older Tiguan. I have only had it a week now and so it is all new to me. The dealer it was bought from is some way from me so going back with minor problems is not practical. This is why I was wondering if I might be worrying about nothing.
 

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Could the vehicle have been involved in a prang might be worth having another VW garage having a look or a quality local garage ?
 

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I can see no evidence of a prang. Panels all appear original and no evidence of any replacement parts.
I'm sure the dealer would have mentioned it........
I must stress that the car doesn't feel like it's pulling to the left and I have to turn to the right to correct it. It's just that on some roads I have to apply a few degrees of right turn to maintain a straight course. I suspect it is due to the camber and the large wide tyres, It would be reassuring if someone could say, "Mine does that" or, "It's just the camber".
 

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My friend's car had a tendency to be sensitive to road camber. Turned out he had his tyre pressures too high.
 

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Tyre pressures were 33 psi on collection.
Set them to 38 psi as per label on drivers door pillar.
Can feels better, but still has a tendency to follow camber. Should I try a different pressure perhaps?
 

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Not meaning to sound rude about how knowledgeable everyone is on here but it's very easy to say this is just camber like I did in an earlier post. I really think that your best bet in this case would be to take it in to a garage and ask them to check your wheel alignment because you are having doubts over it. It shouldn't cost too much and some places may even check for free and charge for correction if it's needed.

This I think will be the only way to put your mind at rest because even if someone says "my car does that" I do think you will still have your doubts and concerns. Plus it's better to be safe than sorry.
 

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You are right bhuna.
There is an alignment specialist in a nearby town who is very highly thought of. Might consider a visit, as you say, to put my mind at rest.
If the delaer wasn't so far away I would probably be going back and asking them to look at it, but most dealers lack the specialist equipment for jobs like this- especially four wheel alignment/adjustment.
 

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Just on the off chance, have you tried it with all the assistance systems turned off?
I'm thinking lane assist.
 

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Interesting point yetirider.
The 'Lane Assist' was the first thing I disabled on the drive back from the dealers. Along country roads it felt like someone was jiggling the steering. Very odd. Is there another driver assistance system that I should try turning off?
 

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Just to bring this topic back up.

From new my Allspace drove straight, but needed quite a bit of right steering input as a neutral position. So I just presumed that the steering wheel itself needed resetting. A couple of trips to the dealership and finally it's set correctly.

Turns out the wheel alignment was actually significantly out since being delivered. So just a note to get the free wheel alignment (within the first 6 months) if your steering wheel doesn't appear to be perfectly straight on flat roads like motorways.

I tried it with the assistance on and off and it made no difference. Fortunately only done 800 miles so tyre wear appears normal (well non existent).
 
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