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Old 11-30-2011, 07:03 PM
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i got a 99 dodge half ton i just got it and it pulls to the right, not to bad but when you step on the brakes it pulls really hard. he said something about maybe a collapsed line. but there is a lot of brake dust on the passenger side so i was wondering what you guys would think. any help is appreciated
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Sounds like the LF caliper is not doing its job either. Is there any fluid leaking?

Might be best to remove and replace both calipers......easy job and not expensive at all. Mike the rotors while the wheels are off and, if needed, replace them too.
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ok sweet...i was hoping it was just the calipers i'm not worry about tackling that job then...thank you very much
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Another thing to look at is the tires- a separated tire belt can make the truck pull to one side also.
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whats that...ive never heard of that??
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The steel and fiber belts in the tire carcass are laid out in many different configurations. If a belt separates from the tread, the tire is no longer truly round and creates a drag which pulls the vehicle to the side of the separated tire.

http://articles.latimes.com/1988-03-...separated-tire
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wow thats crazy i have never heard of it but i know the tires are cupped on the inside i figured it probably just an alignment but ill check them tomorrow for some of those mole holes....thanks for that link too
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A quick and dirty way to check if a caliper is sticking is to go on a highway speed run (time depends on how bad the drag is...may only take a few minutes, may take several minutes) and then get off at an exit and immediately pull over and feel with your hand left and right front wheels. If one is much hotter than the other the caliper is likely sticking. I personally would rebuild it before replacing it, however you can replace it. Again, I personally would do both sides at once. Next thing to look at if that is actually the issue is the rotors.
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i never even thought of trying that maybe ill try that in a couple days
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i pulled in my driveway just coming back from the store and thought what the heck so i got out and felt the rotors the passenger was much much hotter than the driver side, and i noticed the pads are down pretty far too so ill be doing that next week
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