This past weekend I backed out of a parking spot by turn the wheels all the
way to the right and went 180 degrees and then to an abrupt stop. Since
then, everytime I brake, the tires pull to the right. It didn't seem to do
this beforehand. If I brake really hard it pulls to the right and the left
or sometimes just fine. Anyone have a clue as to what it might be? Thought
maybe something related to the brakes or maybe even a tie-rod end.
Appreciate any help anyone can give. Thanks much.
Actually, I had that replaced today and it still does it. The mechanic
recommended that I go have a frame and axle shop down the way of which I
haven't had a chance to do yet. But before replacing that brake hose, we
looked at the whole front end and couldn't see anything that would cause
this. The tie-rod ends were good, linkage, ball joints, you name it. All was
tight. This mechanic is not easily stumped. So any ideas with this new info?
Frame shouldn't have anything to do with it. If it drives strait, then
only when applying the brakes, then bingo... brake problem. Along with
checking that flex line, also check the thickness of the brake pads. You
have a caliper hanging up, causing uneven pad wear. Check all the hard lines
going to the left side also.
My bet is on the pads.
Both pads looked even with still about 20% left on them. While the mechanic
was the one doing this (and he is also a friend so I trust him), when he had
to bleed the left brake after replacing that hose, he said that the caliper
was reacting just like it should. This is why we are both not sure what else
it could be as everything that we could think of from the front end stuff to
the braking system has been looked at and whatnot. There is a possibility
that something could have been forgotten. Any other suggestions or ideas?
It's quite possible that:
Your back brakes are causing the problem. Look for a twisted wheel cylinder,
a spring that popped off of the pin, something on one of the back brakes can
cause the front to pull on a heavier vehicle.
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