When was the last time you had your wheels aligned? Experts say you should have an alignment done every two to three years. If you can’t remember the last time you had it done, then it could be the reason your car pulls to one side when braking.
This isn’t the only possible cause, though. Keep reading to learn how to diagnose and fix the problem.
Check Your Tire Pressure
One of the most common culprits of pulling to one side is improper tire pressure. Both over- and under-inflated tires can cause your car to lean and sway back and forth. If you ignore your tire pressure problem, then it will eventually lead to alignment problems.
Check your owner’s manual for the proper tire pressure for your car. Then you can head to the nearest gas station to check your tire pressure and add air if needed.
Time for an Alignment
You’ve checked your tire pressure, and your tires are all good, but the pull is still there. Now you should determine if it’s time for an alignment.
Check your tires, and you’ll probably see uneven tire wear. Other signs indicating you need an alignment include a crooked steering wheel or squealing tires.
You’ll need to take it to the professionals for them to adjust your tires and suspension, so everything is positioned correctly.
Check Your Brake Calipers
If your tire pressure and wheel alignment are fine then you may need to check your brake calipers. A stuck caliper can cause pulling to one side. The calipers on your car are what applies pressure to your brake pads.
This pressure and friction is what causes the car to stop. If a caliper gets stuck, then you’ll have uneven pressure, which causes the vehicle to pull to one side.
Take It to the Repair Shop
If none of the three previous solutions has fixed the pulling so far, then it’s time to bring it in for the professionals to look at. There are several other reasons your car could be pulling:
- Worn steering linkage
- Weak tie rod
- Bad wheel bearing
Your mechanic will take a look at your car and figure out the issue. They’ll then fix the problem so you can get back on the road safely.
Other Common Brake Problems
If the pulling problem is in your brakes, then there are several possible causes.
- Faulty tires
- Rear brake adjuster
- Brake fluid leak
- Contaminated brake lining
- Uneven brake wear
- Frozen piston in a caliper
Your brakes should wear away evenly and gradually. But this doesn’t always happen. If your brakes wear unevenly, then this is a sign that there is a bigger problem that needs to be fixed.
Car Pulls to One Side When Braking? It’s Time to Fix It
If your car pulls to one side when braking, then you need to have your car looked at sooner rather than later. Ignoring a problem like this can lead to bigger and more expensive problems.
Start with the easiest solution and check your tire pressure. Then move on to getting an alignment. If the easiest solutions don’t work, then you contact us today. We’ll get your vehicle back on the road and running safely.