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3/11/12 4:33pm - Original Message: 'Car Pulling to The Right'
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Bladenboro, NC - USA

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1972 conv., sunfire yellow, blk interior, blk vinyl and convertible top. Off frame restoration with American Speed 383 stroker engine producing 500hp plus a 200hp NOS system. MSD ignition. Hooker super competition headers with chambered exhaust.

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I took my car out a couple of times today. The first time everything was great, really running good with our 64 degree temperature. My nephew stopped by and wanted to go for a ride, so off we go at full throttle. The problem started when I wanted to slow down. I just mashed the brake lightly and the car really pulled to the right. It scared the crap out of me. Coming back up my long driveway, I hit the brakes pretty hard a couple of times and it actually turned the steering wheel to the right. I checked the fluid level and it's fine. Since I'm not mechanically inclined, that means I'll have to take the car somewhere to get it checked but now I'm actually afraid to drive it. Any ideas of what I need to check?


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3/11/12 9:22pm - Reply: 'Re: Car Pulling to The Right'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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Assuming the car drove straight without using the brakes, we'll eliminate a suspension/alignment issue for now.
Only thing else is brakes. Apparently, you have at least ONE brake on the driver side not working, and if it is turning the wheel violently, I'd start looking at the driver side front caliper, and hose. It's possible the pistons have seized up in the caliper, or the hose has collapsed inside. Try loosening the bleeder on the ds front caliper, and have someone gently press on the brake pedal, and see if any fluid comes out. If it does, then you might need to raise the front up, and see if you can turn the wheel with the brake pedal pressed.
I have seen idler arm(on the steering linkage, pass side) do strange stuff like this, so it would be prudent to at least give it a good up/down shake. Normal looseness is about 1/4" or less in the idler arm. A loose/worn idler normally causes a wander, or inability to track straight while driving, but, it is possible.


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3/12/12 11:12am - Reply: 'Re: Car Pulling to The Right'
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Holland Patent, NY - USA

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#1 *1980 White, Red interior 14,000 mile #2 *1980 Red, Oyster interior 93,000 miles Resto project car, rebuilt to 383 stroker

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Been dare done dat...mine was because the caliper was leaking fluid, changed out the caliper and it stilled pulled. Long and short of it....you can never get the brake fluid out of a fluid soaked pad. I changed the pads and all has been fine.
Jim with that Beast you have Good Brakes are a Good Thing to have! Thank goodness you did not hit the" Bottle"!!!!!
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3/12/12 11:41am - Reply: 'Re: Car Pulling to The Right'
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Eagan, MN - USA

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If the front caliper checks out, check the rear calipers also. I had a pulling issue with my daily driver a while back that turned out to be a faulty rear caliper.

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3/12/12 1:01pm - Reply: 'Re: Car Pulling to The Right'
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Oak Creek, WI - USA

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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

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I have also, "Been there, done that, got the "T" shirt!!.  My probl;em was with the drivers side front brake.  No problems since then!!!!  I wonder if Mr. EBO has changed any more light bulbs?  I just did the one for my transmission position, I put on a new center consule plate also.  I am ready to "rock 'n roll"  Bring on the good weather!!
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3/12/12 2:38pm - Reply: 'Re: Car Pulling to The Right'
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ebo said:Thank goodness you did not hit the" Bottle"!!!!!
Evil Smileebo

As opposed to Albo, who's always on da bottle.....LOL Evil Smile LOL



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3/12/12 4:10pm - Reply: 'Re: Car Pulling to The Right'
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Bladenboro, NC - USA

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1972 conv., sunfire yellow, blk interior, blk vinyl and convertible top. Off frame restoration with American Speed 383 stroker engine producing 500hp plus a 200hp NOS system. MSD ignition. Hooker super competition headers with chambered exhaust.

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Thanks Guys. It's the drivers side caliper. That's the least of my worries now because I discovered I also have a heater core leaking. When it rains it pours. Censored

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