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Old November 24th, 2003, 12:04 PM
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Unhappy left pull when braking

Just noticed a strong left pull when braking. I really feel it with braking above 40mph, much less when slower. Tires are correct pressure, can see nothing on the underside or around wheel well, and hit nothing (oh, and I am ashamed to add, no off road time so that is not a cause). I am less than 3k miles since last major service. Any ideas on what to look for?
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Old November 24th, 2003, 12:42 PM
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Alignment or maybe bad brake pads possibly.
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Old November 24th, 2003, 12:50 PM
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I was thinking brake pads, but could not see anything. NOW, do not laugh but - we are a car short right now and my wife has been using the D-90 for to/from work travel. Round trip 15 miles, highway, no I mean freeway (CA now), travel and swears nothing weird has happened (no potholes, swerves, curbs, etc). Still do not have a repair shop here to take it to... and even tried to follow a red 96/97 hrdtop D-90 to ask where they go. Was on my mtb and lost him. Every light was against me, and my legs too!
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Old November 24th, 2003, 01:54 PM
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Siezed caliper fix NOW

if it starts to stick, brakes heat up, fluid boils = NO BRAKES

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Old November 24th, 2003, 02:01 PM
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I would bet on a sticking caliper also..

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Old November 24th, 2003, 02:48 PM
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If it were a sticking caliper, would it also pull to the left when you are not braking? Unless the caliper on one side just did not grab as good as the caliper on the other side because it is dirty?

Also I had a wheel bearing seal go bad in the rear and the grease coated the brake discs causing the pads to wear down to nothing in no time. If this happened in the front I think you would experience what is happening to you (pulling to one side during braking).
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Old November 24th, 2003, 03:56 PM
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Make sure your brake hose(s) on the right side haven't collapsed.

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Old November 24th, 2003, 04:42 PM
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Jesus, I go out to take a short mtb ride, come back 2 hrs later, log on and get collapsed brakes and siezed caliper. Off to the LR dealer we go. Let y'all know the verdict. Now down down to 1 car.
Good side - it is great to have such a resource to turn to.
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The way it usually goes is one caliper the pistons sieze (usually both pistons on a given side of a caliper) and don't move---ergo no brakes on that side, then they free themselves up a bit and end up siezed but with a slight amount of pressure that side, that builds heat, fluid boils and no brakes.

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Old November 25th, 2003, 12:11 PM
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All,
Thanks to all. Still do not have a repair shop, so have the earliest repair appointment at Thousand Oaks L.R. dealership- Tuesday next week. There goes the idea of fun over the long weekend. Post repairs I will let all know what was diagnosed.
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Old November 25th, 2003, 02:03 PM
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My money would be on a stuck piston, rebuilt all the calipers on the 90 last summer, pistons, seals, pads & discs. The improvement was amazing, stopped on the proverbial six pence.
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Old November 26th, 2003, 12:43 AM
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And Mike, that ran about how much $$ ?
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50 for each pair of discs.
100 for the pistons and seals
40 for the pads
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I have the same issue and IM going to check all of these symptoms, great to see all the SoCal defenders here. Does anyone go to the meet ups
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Brake work this past weekend:
Was checking the rear pads that were down to 1/16".
Rear pads were replaced without issue.
The front caliper pistons were rusted and wouldn't retract to make room for the new pads.
Since this vehicle had vented rotors, had to remove the pistons from calipers for non-vented rotors and install them into the front calipers.
Reassembled and the brakes are all good.
Glad we had the calipers for the non-vented rotors in the shop.
I am going to look for some stainless pistons.
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I have a pair of used original NAS calipers if anyone wants to rebuild and avoid the downtime.
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I have the same issue and IM going to check all of these symptoms, great to see all the SoCal defenders here. Does anyone go to the meet ups
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