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It pulls

I bought a '95 S500 (with 92K miles) two years ago; it's a beautiful California car that drives and rides wonderfully, EXCEPT that it constantly pulls to the right. I've put new Michelins on it and had the front end aligned at three different shops, and it's always the same---pulls to the right. What could be the problem? What should be done? Thanks.
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James, the W140 requires a 4 wheel alignment, not just a front end alignment. If you just had the front aligned, that is probably your problem.

Next, find a shop that specializes in alignments for performance and track-driven cars, and explain your issue. There should be one in most major cities. Generally, they use the best equipment and people experienced in problem solving, rather than the poorly trained techs in most tire shops. Or ask a local independent Mercedes, BMW or Porsche shop who they use. Most send cars out rather than investing in the equipment themselves. I ended up doing that, and found a great alignment guy who cured a pulling issue on mine.
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Thank you, jal224. Yes, they did a four-wheel alignment, but still the problem is there. I'll try your suggestion about taking it to a performance "place" and see what they say (I live in Dallas, Texas, so I should be able to find such a place). It's frustrating because otherwise the car is close to perfect.
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P.S. Anyone who lives in the Dallas area reading this post have a suggestion?
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James, try swapping your front wheels/tires. Put the left on the right side, etc. I have solved problems like you are having because of "radial" pull(?). I've had 5 Benzes and never have had a "pulling" problem. It has to be your tires or your alignment shop.
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I'll try switching the front tires next week, but I'm wondering if that will just cause the car to start pulling to the left?
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I'll try switching the front tires next week, but I'm wondering if that will just cause the car to start pulling to the left?

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Yes, it will. Had that problem on a BMW I had.
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Well if it now pulls to the left, it means you have a tire problem and the mfr should replace them. However, in my case, swapping wheels/tires solved my problem. Put one of your front tires in the trunk and drive on the spare and see what happenes.
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TireRack has a nice article about how to diagnose tire pull: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret....jsp?techid=12

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