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Old 02-16-2006, 11:51 AM
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82'300SD - Pulling to the right ?!?

All of the sudden, the car wants to pull to the right. It almost feels like a 'bearing' issue, or something. Perhaps a severe tire balancing issue. I dunno. It almost feels like there a flat on passenger front tire.

Has anyone had this problem, do you know what it is? (suspention alignment?/Brake grabbing that wheel ever so slightly?)

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Old 02-16-2006, 12:14 PM
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I would say alignment. Even if it isn't and you take it in to be aligned they will find the problem.
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Old 02-16-2006, 12:18 PM
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Bearing or brake grabbing.....jack the car up and spin the wheel. Is the brake grabbing? Is there a lot of noise at the bearing?
Grab the top and bottom of the tire, try to rock it in and out. Is there a lot of play?
Grab it on both sides, try to rock it again. Is there a lot of play?
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Could very possibly be tire inflation or balancing. That can easily be tested at a tire shop.

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Old 02-16-2006, 12:22 PM
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I've found that pulls one way or the other are usually attributed to brake issues if they just "suddenly appeared"

Use the afore mentioned advice and get the passenger side front off the ground and give the wheel a spin...see if the brake is dragging. Check the rear too if you don't find that the front is being fishy.
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Old 02-16-2006, 12:57 PM
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Thanks guys, I had this same idea this morning - re: jack the car up, spin the wheel. I will check how it spins/and if there is any play in the wheel. I will report back --- and THANK YOU!!!!
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Old 02-16-2006, 01:30 PM
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Jack up the car inspect the front end and report back. Did you hit a large pot hole or curb recently? It could be a bent tie rod or rim.

If you havn't hit anything it sounds like a sticking caliper, you can get a pair of rebuilt ones from Autozone pretty cheap.
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Old 02-17-2006, 06:58 PM
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it was the tire

I swapped on the full size spare, and no more pull. Looks like new tire time

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