Q: Steering pulls to the left, dangerous problem to have

asked by on November 07, 2015

I drive a 2013 Kia Optima that may be trying to kill me. This car (a pretty new one at that!) has only 25,000 miles on it. The steering has always been a little tricky, and you can’t really get too comfortable at highway speed because you always need to adjust the wheel. Now the thing is pulling to the left very noticeably and I am worried it will cause an accident. What is the issue here?

This seems to be a fairly common problem with the 2013 Optima. It may be caused by incorrect calibration of the Steering Angle Sensor or it may be related to a mechanical issue with the suspension or tires. I would recommend making an appointment with a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to scan the electronic steering system for codes, perform a suspension inspection to check for damaged or mis-aligned parts and rotate the tires to try and eliminate “radial pull” as the cause. It is also possible that the vehicle is set-up with the “soft” steering setting from the factory. There is a way to reset the steering system to “sport” or “high effort” steering. This may help solve the problem and should definitely be done by a qualified mechanic. The local dealer or mechanic can also check for 2011 TSB 032 (Drift/pull issue). Originally for 2011 MY vehicles, this may still apply to 2013 models.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

How do side curtain air bags work?

If your Accord has side curtain air bags, they’re designed to deploy during a moderate or severe impact. They will inflate and deflate very quickly, curtaining off the entire side of the vehicle (window edge to window edge). The...

How do I use the child restraint tether anchors?

Depending on your exact model, your vehicle is equipped with either two or three child restraint tether anchors. Many child restraint systems rely on tethers. The anchors in your car are on the back wall of the cabin. Attach the...

What is the correct tire pressure?

The correct tire pressure for your vehicle can be found on the tire and information loading placard. This placard is located on the B-pillar, on the driver’s side, right next to the driver’s side door latch. It contains all the...

Related articles

What Does It Mean When a Car Has "Wishbone" Suspension?
Designers Designers of automotive suspension systems must consider many factors, including the cost, weight, and compactness of the suspension and the handling characteristics they wish to achieve. No design is perfect at achieving all of these objectives but several basic...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Steering Column
Common signs include steering tilt not locking, clicking or grinding sounds while turning, and the steering wheel operating roughly.
All About Snow Tires
Your Your knuckles are white as you grip the steering wheel - and it’s not only because it’s cold. The wind is blowing strong from the north, polishing the roads to a deceptively dull shine. You struggle to maintain control...