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I really need help with my truck

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mauibuilt41, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. Oct 25, 2010 at 3:21 PM
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    mauibuilt41

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    Hey guys! My truck has a very bad right hand pull to it. I have done a bunch of things to it, but nothing has worked. I am really at a loss right now. Could you guys please help? Here is what I have done so far:

    1 - New tires
    2 - alignment
    3 - New Tie rods and alignment
    4 - new brake calipers and pads

    I will be changing the steering rack bushings and brake rotors in the next couple of weeks. Anything else you guys can think of?
     
  2. Oct 25, 2010 at 3:23 PM
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    Is your frame twisted to shit?
     
  3. Oct 25, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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    Hell I hope not! Is it easy to check?
     
  4. Oct 25, 2010 at 3:28 PM
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    Frame is probably tweaked. What was your alignment spec after it was done?
     
  5. Oct 25, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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    Have you hit or done anything that would have tweaked the frame?
     
  6. Oct 25, 2010 at 3:31 PM
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    Everything was perfect. They couldnt align it earlier because the tie rods were shot. So I had those changed and another alignment. After that, the alignment was all in spec.
     
  7. Oct 25, 2010 at 3:31 PM
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    you might have to take it to the dealer to get it aligned if you just took it to a local shop?
     
  8. Oct 25, 2010 at 3:32 PM
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    I bought my truck used so I am not sure what the previous owner did. I sure as hell didnt hit anything.
     
  9. Oct 25, 2010 at 3:53 PM
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    How do I check the frame?
     
  10. Oct 25, 2010 at 5:06 PM
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    Take off the bumper see if any damage, i took mine off and it was previously crashed, thats why mine pulls to the right aswell. even after aligmnent.
     
  11. Oct 25, 2010 at 5:10 PM
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    call up some shops and ask if they can check to see if your frame is bent. they usually dont charge for that. but dont hold me to that
     
  12. Oct 25, 2010 at 5:10 PM
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    Take it to your local body shop, find out how much to put it on the frame machine that's the only true way to find out if the frame is bent or twisted.
     
  13. Oct 25, 2010 at 5:17 PM
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    Alright, I'll go check with a local shop. Hopefully it isn't tweaked
     
  14. Oct 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM
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    Before rushing off to check the frame, did you do a lift of any kind and is the alignment shop you used experienced in doing lifted trucks.
     
  15. Oct 25, 2010 at 6:45 PM
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    No lift on the truck. It is basically all stock.

    So is there nothing else besides a bent frame that could be wrong? I'm really hoping it aint the frame.
     
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    Describe the pull in more detail. For instance, when you are going down the road, coasting at say 25 mph, if you let go of the steering wheel, does the steering wheel turn on its own?

    This may be a long shot but have you checked your rear brakes? If the right one is dragging it would cause a pull to the right that wouldn't involve the steering wheel. If one rear brake is dragging, the wheel and drum on that side would be hotter to the touch compared to the other side.

    Just a thought, since you seemed to have eliminated all the front components as possible culprits.
     
  17. Oct 25, 2010 at 9:32 PM
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    Have someone follow you and study your tracking-is it looking like a crab running? The dragging brake is a good idea too-I got nothing else other than a possible slipped belt in a front tire-
     
  18. Oct 26, 2010 at 7:02 AM
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    You said calipers were replaced but how about brake hoses? They could be blocked causing a pull
     
  19. Oct 26, 2010 at 11:09 AM
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    No I haven't changed the brake hoses. When I let go of the sterring wheel, the wheel does turn to the right. I basically need the steering wheel cocked to the left to drive straight. If I let it go, the truck starts heading right and the wheel turns to the right. I did notice that when I brake hard, the truck seems to pull even harder. I almost feel like I have to fight it to keep it straight. Any ideas what would cause that?
     
  20. Oct 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM
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    If it looks like a crab, would that be the frame?
     
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