Other than the obvious uneven/premature wear of the tires, is there any damage that torque steer may cause to the car's drivetrain or surrounding components?

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It's doubtful. Almost all FWD cars have some amount of torque steer, unless they have equal-length CV/halfshafts - which is very difficult to package in an inexpensive car.

Even in extreme cases (flooring the accelerator from a standstill on a Cadillac Northstar V8 for instance) the vehicle is designed to deal with those forces and still be reliable.

Your hands and wrists might be another story.

  • My Lancia Delta has equal length shafts by use of a third dummy-shaft across the back of the engine bay. Other than normal wear and tear it's unlikely you'll do any damage unless you torque steer yourself into a collision. Oct 15, 2018 at 10:19
  • Hilarious but informative answers, thanks so much! :)
    – Yantastic
    Oct 16, 2018 at 2:20

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