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Truck pulls hard to the left when braking

My truck has started pulling hard left when I hit my brakes. It drives staright as a string but when I hit my brakes I have to steer to the right to keep from going in the other lane. Any ideas? Im thinking something with the brakes need adjusting or maybe new pads??? I dont know. Just need somewhere to start. The truck sat for a month or so and the driver side break sceeched real bad for about 500 miles, Its stopped screeching but now it pulls to the left. I figured the screechin was just rusty rotors

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sounds like a caliper is hanging

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sounds like a caliper is hanging
The screeching sounds like his pads are worn but the pulling to the left is a bad brake line. If it continued to pull AFTER you let off the pedal then I would agree on the caliper but this sounds like a line issue to me.

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what year truck do you have and do you have discs all the way around or disc in front and drums in rear


on my 01 that had the same problem you are describing it was a combination of worn everthing... drums and shoes were metal on metal and the pads and rotors were jacked up as well.... replaced it all and no more pull...

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The screeching sounds like his pads are worn but the pulling to the left is a bad brake line. If it continued to pull AFTER you let off the pedal then I would agree on the caliper but this sounds like a line issue to me.
that could definitly be the problem never thought about the brake line only reason i say caliper one of mine was hanging and didnt pull till i hit the brakes the only reason i found that it was hanging was the terrible brake smell

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Pull the right side caliper off and see if you can compress the piston back into the housing. My bets are on that since he mentioned the truck sat for a month.

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Pull the right side caliper off and see if you can compress the piston back into the housing. My bets are on that since he mentioned the truck sat for a month.
i agree, check the right side caliper its not braking as hard as the left one thats why youre going left. check the piston and make sure the caliper itself still slides on the pins, they could be seized up.

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my truck only does it after sitting in traffic. i think its my calipers after they get hot im thinking only one wants to work. such as a o ring hanging up from the aluminum housing getting warm? so i bought calipers we will see what happens. this post made me think about buying brake hoses also
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just throwin this out there could be a warped rotor as well??? if your replacing your calipers and pads id definetly take rotors to local parts store and have them turned.

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My '97 did the exact same thing (although it's never driven straight as a string). Hard pull to the left with braking, gone as soon as you let up. Wound up being a plugged line to the right caliper. It was the rubber line, if I recall correctly. I'd put my money on that. Good luck!

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