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Old 04-26-2002   #1
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GTA Year: 1988
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Steering too loose, car pulls left

This is my problem:
The car is constantly pulling to the left. On some roads where the road itself leans to the right some, the car will go straight. There is some play on the steering wheel but thatís been like that for a while.
The car was doing this before I put new tires on it. When the car was in the shop to put the tires on, they also did an alignment. The guy said the alignment was good but the car still pull left.
I am thinking of replacing the bushings to see if that helps. The car still has factory ones and it might be time to replace them.
Suspension is not something I have messed with before but can I do this myself or should I take it to a shop.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated
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Old 04-26-2002   #2
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Before you go tearing apart the suspension, check all of the brakes. Since it pulls left, check the left side brakes first. If the brakes are stickng it will pull to that side. If the shop said the alignment was OK, I don't think the bushings will be the problem. Also check the air pressure in the tires, since an under-inflated tire can cause it to pull, too. Good luck.
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Old 04-27-2002   #3
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Just checked the brakes and they are OK. No rubbing out of the ordinary.
I was told I could do a slight adjustment on the steering box by loosening the locking nut and tightening the allen screw. I tried that and seems to have taken some of the play away.
Any other suggestons?
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Old 04-27-2002   #4
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Some shops can't do alignment worth shite.... I would get a second opinion on your alignment... and get a front end check too, see if you have any worn links or tie rod ends.
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Old 04-27-2002   #5
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I might have to do that. The thing that worries me is that this car is a rebuilt. It had been hit on the front right corner. The damage was not bad at all but they had to weld something under the frame by the radiator. If the chasis is not straight then that can cause a whole new set of problems on trying to get the alignment corrected. That's just my guess.
I'll take the car in to get it checked again just to be sure.
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Old 06-22-2002   #6
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Mine too!

I have exactly the same problem! I just finished rebuilding my brakes and found that my right front brakes weren't working causing car to pull left during braking....now it stops well but I have the slight pulling\wandering problem that you described. I'm thinking that maybe bushings have deteriorated under all that braking strain but still don't know. If you find out something please let us know
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Old 06-22-2002   #7
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I'm planning on changing the bushings soon when I can get some time. Anyways, my brakes are running free and they don't seem to be the cause. I'll get back with you later when I get it done.
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Old 06-22-2002   #8
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Help Me Please I agree with nblanchard!

It sounds like both of you guys need to have your cars looked at by a suspension and front end specialist. You will find that alot of places that are quickie type facilities have undertrained technicians. These are not a great source for alignments. I run a large body shop and can tell you from exsperience that you can have a car taken to a shop and aligned and it still have a problem because the technician that aligned it didnt know anything other than the basics to perform that task. But a Qualified Specialist can look at it and find the problem. So your not wasting your time and hard earned money replacing parts that are not in need of replacement. Well thats just my opinion, Good luck Guys..... Joe
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Old 06-22-2002   #9
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I've taken my GTA to over 4 differen't shops to be aligned still I have problem. Has anybody heard of a steering box coming loose or flexing on frame as part of problem? Finding people who know what they're doing on alignments is a problem around here.
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Old 06-22-2002   #10
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I pull left when braking also, but just for a second, until the right caliper grabs. I checked out my right and it works and doesn't stick. It also only happens when I suddenly hit the brakes. If I apply them gently at first, there is not pull, even if I push hard.

This happened after the car had sat some time.
I've also bled the right brake caliper.

Could it be a proportioning valve causing it?

I'll be exploring this problem on Sunday, but any info extra will be appreciated.

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Old 06-22-2002   #11
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Eric

I had bled my brakes too but still had it happen. I thought it was a caliper dragging also but it turns out that I had a brake line with a bulge in it and my right caliper was not engaging as same as left. I went ahead and replaced both front calipers (only 10.00 a piece after core charge!) and rebuilt the rear ones my self.Now it stops straight but has that annoying pull/wander. I'm going to try new bushings too and see if it helps. I'll have to get back to you later on that one. PS I don't think propotioning valve has much to do with left to right brake bias but if your rear brakes aren't working right it could make any front problems amplified fom the stress.
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Old 06-23-2002   #12
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wingnut111

So if I read correctly, you solved the pull while braking, but it still pulls/wanders during driving. I have no wander/pull while driving, just sudden braking, and it's the fronts 'cos it jerkd the steering wheel.

$10 bucks after core...wow, I'm $98 CDN after core, that's each side.

I'll check my lines to see if I have a bulge....where was yours located?

The bushings you refer to are for the A-arms, sway bars etc?

Thanks for the info

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Old 06-23-2002   #13
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Ottawagta-Eric

My brake line was on right side near coupling with solid line. You might have aluminum twin piston calipers which cost more, I just have single piston cast iron. I don't know if you have an advance auto near you but I'm sending a url that should have a price list if it goes through. The bushings are suspension bushings, I just have to find a decent shop around here to install them; I'm hoping that since I had a lot of stress on my left hand braking side that maybe that bushing has worn out. I'll keep you posted. Chris http://www.partsamerica.com/SelectPa...rchFor=Caliper
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