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96 suburban steering wheel pulls to left when breakes are applied

It is worse during the summer and much worse while trailering.Items checked are rotors not worped,calipers are fine, hoses,no leaks,pads are good. New front hubs with abs sensors. Abs light not on,could it be the the break modulator, what am i missing. Master cylinder, hydro cylinder.

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  • donsdetailin Feb 18, 2009

    96 3/4 Ton 4x4 suburban with 180,000

  • donsdetailin Feb 18, 2009

    TIires are new alignnment checked, pulls when breaking,thanks

  • donsdetailin Feb 18, 2009

    Break grabbing has occured when moisture in air is extra high,like when you first start driving.again only when it is very damp, and that effect both front breaks,and disapates after a few moments,good try rear brakes are drum. At high speed when breaks are applied you actually feel the truch lean down lower to drivers side

  • donsdetailin Feb 18, 2009

    Truck has new hub and bearings installed ,abs sensors included. on the front drivers and passengers wheel. thanks

  • donsdetailin Feb 19, 2009

    breakhoses in front were changed recently last summer,along with new caliper and pads

  • donsdetailin Feb 23, 2009

    Also notice that when sitting still i just turn the steering wheel a little and apply breaks the steering wheels pulls to left a little.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    You say brake hoses are fine. Does that mean they've been changed? Front & Back?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Have you checked rear brakes for grabbing? Drums on rear or disc?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Pulls to left, all the time? Only during braking? 4 wheel alignment done, and all tires checked for defects? Air pressures all same.

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Sounds ridiculous maybe, but have you by any chance tried braking hard, at lower speed on a gravel road, just to see if you can pick up on which wheel is grabbing first. I recall a rear wheel cylinder partially seized with slight leak on rear of one of my vehicles, causing front end to whip over on braking. Only after hitting them hard at slower speed on gravel road, was I able to pick up on it.

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Sometimes you may have a wheel bearing going bad. It is just a possibilty. I would take it to a general service shop and while the car is on a lift have them do a check of all wheels. If there is to much movement that may be your problem. I had a vehicle doing this, it was all over the road at times and it was a bearing going bad. Hope this helps.

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