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Old 03-13-2011, 10:44 AM   #1
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jeep pulls to the right while driving and braking

New to this web site so I hope i'm doing this right. I have a 1994 Wrangler that while driving, suddenly started pulling to the right. When I step on the brakes it feels like I have no control over the steering and it swerves. Can anyone help me with some suggestions on where to start?

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Old 03-13-2011, 10:50 AM   #2
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have you been offroad? it almost sounds like the steering damper has failed. check it for leaks or oil stain...

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Old 03-13-2011, 10:58 AM   #3
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No off roading recently. Thanks for the suggestion. Gotta start somewhere
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:17 AM   #4
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Check ur front brakes sounds like one is sticking a bit. Next time it does it pull over it will be the really hot one lol

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Old 03-13-2011, 02:15 PM   #5
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I had this problem a few weeks ago and it was the rubber brake hose on my front right wheel and the inside of it got soft and causes the hose to close shut I would try replacing it it only cost me about 20 bucks..
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I had this problem a few weeks ago and it was the rubber brake hose on my front right wheel and the inside of it got soft and causes the hose to close shut I would try replacing it it only cost me about 20 bucks..
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I had a collapsed break line that caused the same symptom.
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:47 PM   #7
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either a bad hose on the right, or a sticky caliper
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:56 PM   #8
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I would drive around for a bit then take off the front wheels. Smell the driver side brake then smell the passenger side brake. If youre experiencing a sticky caliper and the brake pads are always pressing on the rotor, you might smell it burning from all the heat it's creating. I just replaced both my calipers because they both locked up on me.

Or the problem may be the brake lines as stated above.
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:17 PM   #9
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When pushing back the piston ,always open the bleeder .if not you can implode the hose .this is how it happens.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:41 AM   #10
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I'm having a similar issue but it only happens while braking. It started last month after changing the pads and rotors. What should I be looking for on the brake line? Will there be a bulge?
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I would also look at the calipers. When doing brakes it pays not to be cheap and replace not only the pads and rotors, but the calipers as well. They run less than 20 bucks, each, exchange and give greater piece of mind. I've had a caliper go bad and lock up the right wheel during braking causing the vehicle to pull.
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:37 PM   #12
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I'd start with the lower hoses - if punching the brake pulls right, my guess would be the left side hose collapsed preventing left side braking. If that is the case, the left side brakes will likely drag (check for heat) because the fluid can't retreat due to the hose. A cheap fix before spending on calipers.
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I'd start with the lower hoses - if punching the brake pulls right, my guess would be the left side hose collapsed preventing left side braking. If that is the case, the left side brakes will likely drag (check for heat) because the fluid can't retreat due to the hose. A cheap fix before spending on calipers.
Same thing happens with bad calipers. Price for a hose and price for the caliper is about the same. Personally, I'd replace the caliper every time when doing the front brakes simply because they are less than 40 bucks a pair with exchange. I'd suspect the caliper before the hose, but only because I've never had a hose go bad, but have had a couple of calipers bite the dust.

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