2007 Compass Pulls to Left When Accelerating, With Solution!
Ever since I got the Compass I noticed that it pulled the the left when accelerating and then pull to the right when I let off. It was not severe but noticeable. I had the oil changed at the local Good Year and was told that the right front ball joint was loose to the point that it was in danger of coming apart. Along with this was an estimate of around $350.00 to replace it.
I ordered both front control arms online with ball joints and bushings installed. Cost was $45.00 including shipping for the pair. When I went to change the control arm I noticed that for one, the control arm looked like it had been replaced recently and that the front attaching bolt was only finger tight. Being I had the new control arm I went ahead and swapped it out. Instead of the dried out, loose, rusty ball joint I was expecting I found a nearly new ball joint that had no play at all.
I am convinced that the play I was experiencing was from the loose cross member bolt and not from the ball joint. So, anyone with the symptoms listed, it is at least worth crawling under the car with a 16mm wrench to check that the front bolt is tight.
I have the estimate and the control arm in my car and am going to the shop over my lunch break to let them know my findings and let them know they have lost my business for good.