Torque is the twisting force that an engine produces. It is by means of torque produced by your engine that your car moves. In your car you will can send more torque to your car tyres in first gear than in fifth gear since the first gear has a larger gear ratio or more teeth on the gear, to increase the torque. You are provided with a definition of torque so you can understand torque steering which, you have probably experienced at some point while driving.
Torque steering occurs when during acceleration the car pulls to one side. This normally happens in front wheel drive vehicles. This effect is felt by the driver through a tugging sensation while they are holding the steering wheel, or the car veering from the path you intend it to go. For an inexperienced driver this can be very disturbing and can lead to accidents.
Cause of torque steering
So what are the causes of torque steer? Typically you experience this problem due to different traction forces of the tyres on the road surface. This is what normally happens but, it can be caused by other factors as well. Fault in design of the vehicles’ driveshaft or design faults in your tyres can be the cause. When, it comes to tyres this is usually down to the deformation of the tyre sidewall. The deformation is caused by design flaws in the sidewall ply, which affects the traction of a tyre on the road surface, see this awesome online wheel and tyre packages.
What you can doThere are several ways to reduce or mitigate this occurrence. Few of them though can be done by you. Most have to be done by the car manufacture themselves. What you can do is use tyres that have proper sidewall ply design. When you are intend to replace or buy tyres it is imperative that you take note of this. If you are not sure what to look for then ask the seller or retailers the number of plies the tyre you are looking for has. If you have worn tyres on one side you can also have issues with torque. As such, when changing your tyres you should have tyres of about the same wear on either side. By doing this you should get the same amount of traction on both sides.
Another thing that you can look to militate against torque steer is to check your control arm bushings. Also known as the A arm, it is the suspension link that is hinged between the chassis and the wheel hub. The end of the control arm is attached to the chassis by means of a single pivot, which is usually rubber. This is what is called the control arm bushings and if they are worn out you can experience torque steer when accelerating.