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Any pull in the steering is severe enough to warrant some concern.
What's your interest in Fords, or you're just another ricer with an
Forget the euphemisms, all you get is an emphatic "FUM"
Sounds like one of the front brake calipers is hanging up.
After you drive a few miles carefully check the temperature
of the wheels on both sides of the car (don't burn your
hand). Chances are one side will be much hotter than the
other. The car will pull in the oppsite direction (away from
the hot rotor). A few possibilities of why this happens -
bad brake line (acts like a one way valve and keep slight
pressure on the pads), caliper not properly sliding on the
slider pins (needs lubrication), trash in the caliper
blocking proper fluid flow (you can force fluid in, but it
doesn't bleed back properly); piston hanging in the caliper.
When a caliper hangs, the brakes on that side are always on
slightly. It might not be enough to notice at first.
However, after a few miles, that brakes get really hot, and
the braking effectiveness is decreased on that side. So when
you apply the brakes to stop, the cooler brake on the
opposite side works much better and the car pulls to the
side of the cooler brake. When you first start out, but
brakes work properly, it is only after a few miles that the
I have seen this a couple times as a result of a faulty
calipre. The problem is one of the calipres is not fully
releasing resulting in those pads being warmer than the
other side as you drive. When you apply the brakes, the
warmer pads are already up to optimum braking temperature
intead of needing a couple of turns to get there. The only
fix I have seen is to replace both calipres because you
basically have no way of determining whether the problem is
a tight or loose piston or a bad casting. Also, the brake
flex lines to the wheels can do this if the inner liner
separates resulting in a "check valve" effect retaining
pressure on one of the brakes even when released. The
result is the same. I have seen this occur right after a
brake job where the tech either dropped the calipre while
it was still attached to the hose or simply left the calipre
hanging by the hose instead of tying it up with a wire to
support it while the brakes are being service as they should
be. I suspect the calipre is your particular problem since
you say it needs to be driven a bit before the problem
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