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Old 04-19-2005, 06:36 PM   #1
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Why does my car swerve when I brake?

OK, I was driving on the highway and everything seemed normal like it does everyday. Then when I was exiting the highway, my steering wheel felt a little weird jerk (kinda like if one of your tires pop and then the steering wheel starts to swerve). Since then, everytime I brake to a certain limit, my steering wheel would slowly swerve to the passenger side and the car's steering turns towards that side too. Even if I raised my car up, I wouldn't be able to tell what I'm looking for, so what's wrong here?

By the way, I have KYB GR-2's and Dropzone coilovers all around with R-1 camber kits. I have not taken the car for an alignment yet, and it's been about 2,000 miles since the new suspension was put on.
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Old 04-19-2005, 06:40 PM   #2
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thats in need of a good front end alignment
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Old 04-19-2005, 06:41 PM   #3
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Always always always align after any sort of suspension/axle install it will keep your wallet and tires happy in the long run. As for the weird swerving I wouldnt exactly know, but the alignment shop should be able to point the problem out to you. then you could go from there.
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Old 04-19-2005, 06:47 PM   #4
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oh i didnt read that he said brakes, i skimmed through it and saw that on the highway it swerves, makes sense that the brakes arent acting together and one grabs harder than another tho
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Old 04-19-2005, 06:53 PM   #5
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Tomarrow is my day off work. I might as well get my lazy ass off the couch and take my car to the alignment shop just to staighten things out a bit. The only reason I haven't had my alignment done was because I didn't have time to put washers in the rear yet.
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Old 04-19-2005, 06:55 PM   #6
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you may have a stuck caliper that isn't clamping as hard therfore the one that IS working right is slowing that wheel down more and forcing you to that side.......conversely, you may have one that is not retracting all the way and binding down further......just check out the calipers and if they seem fine, it's probably a brake line that's not letting the fluid flow correctly.......a way to check all of this is to see how tight it is when you spin it by hand, then if it loosens up when you open the bleeder valve, it's the caliper, if it doesn't change, loosen the brake line and then if it's more free, it's the line
Does that mean I will need to bleed my brakes afterwards? If it does, then I might as well put in new brakes and rotors for the front and rear. The brake pads are still thick but the rotors seem warped.
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Old 04-19-2005, 07:03 PM   #7
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Thanks for the quick response guys!
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Old 04-20-2005, 06:17 PM   #8
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Anyways, I checked today and one of my bolts for the front camber on the passenger side was broken. I replaced both fronts with a new set and now the suspension is back to normal. How did the bolt break?... it wasn't really tight when I first put it on. Once again; operator error and the price to pay was a new set of front camber kit.
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