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is torque steer normal in these cars?

im going along the freeway around 100mph/2900 rpm

if i let go of the steering wheel, the car starts veering right?

is this normal at such low rpm?
 

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No - Check your alignment and tires.

Torque steer should only occur under hard acceleration from a standstill.
 

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if i let go of the accelerator pedal completely, it goes straight.

can is still be an alignment issue?

i dont want to get it aligned if not necessary, considering some comments from people about garages messing up their alignment even more
 

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Most highways are slightly banked. The travel lane banks to the right, speed lane to the left. It is not uncommon for a car to steer slightly in the banked direction. BTW - keep your hands on the wheel at 100 mph. Or better yet - drive a safer speed before you kill someone.
 

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At 100mph you've got a lot of aero effects that are confounding the situation. Taking your foot off the gas will slow the car down dramatically (as compared with taking your foot of the gas at 60mph) so there's going to be some weight transfer and thus the suspension is moving around.

If the road has enough crown in it that it's affecting the weight transfer of the car left and right, I could see that there could be some "torque steer" effect. Does it make a difference if you are in the right or left lane?
 

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actually taking my ffoot off the gas tat 100 mph does not slow it down dramatically. taking foot off at 110mph slows it down pretty quickly, but 100mph it slows down fairly slow

its I-5 so its doesnt seem that banked

also, when im just idling, the car doesnt steer, but when i accelerate from a standstill (normal acceleration) and don't hold on to the steering wheel, it goes very slightly to the right

its not a lot of force, i would have never noticed it if i kept my hands on my steering wheel. but im wondering if this is normal torque steer or an alignment problem (which would affect tire wear)
 

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I bought a '99 Grand Marquis and thought it had an alignment issue. It was slop in the recirculating ball steering + the crown in the road playing tricks on the steering. It would pull in either direction depending on road conditions.
 

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The slight twitch of the wheel from a stand still appears to be normal trait of this car. I drove the service mgr.'s car at the dealership and his also does the samething. I have seen other posts with the issue mentioned as well. Recently I have driven a Ford Escape and a Freestyle and they also had a similar twitch. Like you said, not strong, and if you keep you hand on the wheel yiounever notice it.
 

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I've never noticed it but my father has and he is very fond of taking his hands off the wheel whereas I prefer to have mine on the wheel
 

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My Mazda6 definitely steers a bit on its own, even after a complete alignment... so I wouldn't be surprised if the Fusion does as well.
 
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