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Car pulls to the left when brakes are applied, then hard right when released. Recently installed new ball joints, new rack and pinion, new brake pads, had calipers checked, and brake hoses replaced. HELP !!!!! What do I check next ???

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DO NOT OPERATE THIS CAR:

RECOMENDATION:
Seek professional help.
Your problums are vast, Have your car towed DO NOT DRIVE to your local repair shop and have it evaluated.

Hope this tip helps.

R/David

Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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