Pulling Hard to the right when braking

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  1. 924 Mav

    924 Mav Ed Winegar

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    My car (1970 Maverick with front drum brakes) is pulling hard to the right when I brake. All new pads and brake lines, wheel cylinders etc. I replaced the front left wheel cylinder because my mechanic friend said it was not working properly thinking that was it, but still pulling hard to the right. The brakes are all four adjusted properly. We discovered last night that my idler arm needs to be replaced. Would the bad idler arm cause it to pull hard to the right? If not what else could it be? I had most of my front end replaced a couple of years ago and it all seems tight except idler arm. Any ideas?
     
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    RMiller My name is Rick

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    Two things come to mind, you didn't mention it so I am going to ask, did you bleed the brakes after the wheel cylinder installation? Also, there is a front and rear shoe, if you get them wrong it can cause the pulling. I would tell you which one goes where but I would probably get it wrong, it's been years since I have done a brake job on drums!
     
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    RMiller My name is Rick

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    Never mind the bleeding question, re-read your post and you had to have with all the pieces you replaced. My reading comprehension sucks tonight!!!
     
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    If the side that's pulling has had brake fluid on lining that will cause problem...
     
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    Pretty much any loose suspension part will allow the brakes to pull to one side or the other. Suspension looseness allows the wheels to cock to one side thus making the brakes pull.
     
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    How is the brake line on the left side?
     
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    924 Mav Ed Winegar

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    The front and rear brake shoes being backward I will have to check.
     
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    924 Mav Ed Winegar

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    Appears fine. What specifically do you mean?
     
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    Was it replaced? They can collapse inside and cause a restriction.
     
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    924 Mav Ed Winegar

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    No it was not replaced
     
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    Generally speaking if it pulls to one side it's the opposite brake not working correctly but worn or loose parts could cause it also. If the hose is old id start there.
     
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    There may not be a brake issue!!!

    Fix any suspension problems first. Until the idler arm is replaced and any other suspension issues addressed the brakes are going to pull! Once all suspension issues have been corrected; if you still have a brake pull that is the time to perform any brake diagnosis as suggested by other forum members.
     
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    924 Mav Ed Winegar

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    Replaced idler arm bushing and centerline bushing. Front end now completely redone. Still pulling hard to right. I guess next step is repacing front hydraulic brake hoses. Keep your ideas coming. Is it possible I have a drum that is warped. Another friend said he had that happen once.
     
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    RMiller My name is Rick

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    Be a good time for disc brakes!
     
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    That's what I was going to say.
     
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