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Brake pull Im trying to fix a brake pull to the right on a 98 caviler. So far i have put new rotors on in switched the pads forms side to side to see if the pull changed and the left rotor was discolored after I test drove it so i replaced the left caliper.

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After you replaced the left caliper, did it still pull right? Check your flex hoses and make sure they have plenty of fluid going through it by bleeding the line. Check both sides this way. Make sure you don't have any leaks either. Look for any kinked or leaking hard lines. While it's up in the air, check you front hub assys. for movement. Check suspension and steering components as well.

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