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It sounds like you are starting the journey investigating how your car works and how to maintain it properly. Awesome. I recommend that you start the trip with the purchase of a service manual (either Haynes or Chiltons) They run about $30 USD. That book will help you understand how things work. They provide troubleshooting guides for repairing issues. ...
Are they directional tires? The one with arrow on the sidewall indicating the direction of rotation like with some brands of snow tires. If they are not installed with the arrows facing toward the front they would act as you describe. At slow speeds they would throw you side to side and be very hard to drive.
Another point noone's raised - one could assume the wheels are straight normally. If they're over at lock already, a driver might get a surprise when they get in and drive off, especially if they're in hurry. Wouldn't take very long at all to strike something/one nearby, like walls, kerb/curbs, people or other parked cars.
What you are most likely experiencing is the pull from tires when breaking on uneven surface or road with grooves from heavy vehicles. If you have rather wide, sticky, square tires, this is what it would be. Notice how water stands in sort of lines, that's where the grooves are formed from vehicles. Depending on if you are closer to the right side of the ...
If you have worn out steering parts, these can cause your issue, worn parts cause slack in the steering, when you brake it will pull to the side which has the most slack at the time. You can test for steering slack by starting the car, leave it park, set the brake and roll down the drivers window, get out and reach inside the window and rock the steering ...
I disagree that this is a wheel alignment issue, as the car is pulling randomly to either side - I'd expect alignment to either show no pulling, just tire wear, or to pull consistently to one side. I suggest you take the car to a mechanic you trust, and get them to check out the calipers - sounds like they may be sticking randomly. You don't say how old the ...
Your rubber is grinding against the front wheel well liner - there is a plastic area there your tire grinds against on full lock because you upsized your wheels. Solution - take a heat gun and warm up the area where the tire grinds, then push it out a bit. Don't overheat as it easily melts. Here:
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