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Alignment didn't solve pulling

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Bamahoyt, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. Jun 28, 2010 at 3:01 PM
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    Bamahoyt

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    I have had a pull to the right on my 2005 Double cab LB since I bought it 2k miles ago and it now has 127,xxx miles and ever since I bought the truck, it has pulled right. I installed my bilsteins 5100's on the front set at 1.75 and went to the alignment shop today and got it aligned and it still pulls. I call the shop and he said they put the alignment in spec and I have all the numbers and they even roatated my tires to try to get it to go away and it still pulls right. Any thoughts guys?

    Thanks
     
  2. Jun 28, 2010 at 3:04 PM
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    mick478

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    how old are tires? sometimes you can switch just the front tires, if no luck then at least you can rule out the tires.......
     
  3. Jun 28, 2010 at 3:09 PM
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    huntinggunns

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    X2 on what mick said. Cross the 2 front tires from side to side and test drive. If it pulls the other way or quits pulling you have what is called a tire pull. I know you said that you already rotated front to rear but I have seen tires on both axles out of a set of 4 that have done this. Good luck, Fred. :)
     
  4. Jun 28, 2010 at 3:23 PM
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    I swapped the front 2 from left to right and still pulls just at hard
     
  5. Jun 28, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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    Check a few things.

    1. Make sure all tires are the same wear or close to it.
    2. Check your brakes, make sure you don't have a stuck or sticking caliper, or loose pad, or a bad valve.
    3. Check front Wheel/Axel bearing. (Jack up front and feel for resistance or see if the wheels have the same amount of free spin)
    4. Change/check the fluid in the front diff housing.
    5. Check ride height on all 4 wheels, make sure fronts match, and rears match. (measure from level ground to the bottom of the fender)
    6. Try another driving surface.

    Does it pull harder when braking?
     
  6. Jun 28, 2010 at 3:53 PM
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    Is the tire pressure the same on both front tires?

    What type of roads are you driving on? Does it pull to the right on the highway or at highway speeds? Does it pull to the right going a slower speed ?
     
  7. Jun 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM
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    AeroCooper

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    1) Does it pull when driving slowly (coasting under 20 mph) in a perfectly flat parking lot with your hands OFF the steering wheel?
    By pull I mean the truck drives off to one side, not that the steering wheel looks off center.

    2) Have you eliminated a sticking caliper?
     
  8. Jun 28, 2010 at 4:39 PM
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    Pretty much what everyone else listed.

    I'd also like to point out road conditions, wind, the degree of angle of the road, ect can play into it. Our trucks are rather sensitive to such things and can make you feel like the truck is pulling hard to whatever direction when it's really dead on.

    Also I'd get under the truck and look for any signs of damage to all front and rear suspension components, the frame, ect. Unlikely but a bent control arm damaged off-road or something would cause it too... though you'd think the alignment shop would catch it.
     
  9. Jun 28, 2010 at 5:41 PM
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    I checked the free spin and they seemed relatively the same. When I had my oil done last the guy said the front diff fluid was low. Could that be causing it? It does pull when braking maybe just a bit more.
     
  10. Jun 28, 2010 at 5:46 PM
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    How many miles were on it when purchased? Possible a previous test drive nailed say a curb or even wrecked it and the dealership covered it up?
     
  11. Jun 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM
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    I bought it from the original owner and a good friend of mine owns Toyota of Orlando and there was no record of if ever being at a dealer or any other service station for anything but oil changes and routine maintenance
     
  12. Jun 28, 2010 at 6:04 PM
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    Did a Carfax or something? Those lie! Lol. Bought a 97 Chevy, did a Carfax on it. Front of frame rail hit something hard enough to crunch it in and it also had a huge dent along along the pass side from driver door to front of bedside. Carfax said nothing! Hope you figure it out though, Hope you don't have OCD like me either! Lol
     
  13. Jun 28, 2010 at 6:07 PM
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    +2 for a sticking caliper. With being 5 years old and that amount of milage it's a very good possibility. Jack the front and spin each wheel, if it has resistance you'll have to rebuild that one or just replace the caliper and it possible the pads will need replacing aswell. GL
     
  14. Jun 28, 2010 at 6:08 PM
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    what are the alignment specs now,did they give you a printout?
     
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