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Old 10 Sep 2004, 01:55 am
Forrest
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Default front end pulling to one side when breaking

I have an 1987 Honda Accord that is pulling big time to one side when
breaking. I replaced the front rotors with factory parts and used factory
pads. I also replaced the calipers but still have the problem. I did big
time bleeding and have good firm pedal. What the hell is wrong. Could it be
the proportioning valve? Would appreciate any opinions on the problem ...
Thanks, Pat


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Old 10 Sep 2004, 08:36 am
Jafir Elkurd
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Default Re: front end pulling to one side when breaking

Are all of the ball joints and bushings in the front end tight? The 86-89
accord will wear out every ball joint it has at some point or another.

"Forrest" <REMOVETHISrunforrest1@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>I have an 1987 Honda Accord that is pulling big time to one side when
>breaking. I replaced the front rotors with factory parts and used factory
>pads. I also replaced the calipers but still have the problem. I did big
>time bleeding and have good firm pedal. What the hell is wrong. Could it be
>the proportioning valve? Would appreciate any opinions on the problem ...
>Thanks, Pat
>



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Old 10 Sep 2004, 09:58 am
Caroline
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Default Re: front end pulling to one side when breaking

I'd be focusing on

(1) tires. Are they properly inflated? The correct size? Evenly worn?
(2) suspension problems

Maybe take the car into a good shop for a complete inspection of tires, ride
height, struts, ball joints, wheel play, etc.

I'd hold off on having an alignment done just yet because of what an article in
the July 2004 issue of "Import Car" said. It discusses the basics of Honda
suspension and steering problems. If you want to read this 4-page article, go to
http://www.import-car.com/ , then click on "Search Back Issues," then put in the
key words

Dowie AND suspension AND steering AND diagnosis

The second hit is the article "Honda Suspension System Diagnosis and Service,"
by Bob Dowie, Import Car, 2004.

The article notes that
-- a common suspension failure point is where the sway bar connects to the
control arm.
-- Also, bushings that mount to the chassis may become loose over time.
-- Lastly, front lower ball joints are common replacements on (older?) Hondas
-- Only the alignment angle "toe" is typically adjustable on Hondas, but it
won't usually cause handling problems on them.

Updates welcome! I for one am trying to get some experience in this area.

Good luck.

"Forrest" <REMOVETHISrunforrest1@hotmail.com> wrote
> I have an 1987 Honda Accord that is pulling big time to one side when
> breaking. I replaced the front rotors with factory parts and used factory
> pads. I also replaced the calipers but still have the problem. I did big
> time bleeding and have good firm pedal. What the hell is wrong. Could it be
> the proportioning valve? Would appreciate any opinions on the problem ...
> Thanks, Pat



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Old 11 Sep 2004, 06:49 pm
Woody
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Default Re: front end pulling to one side when breaking

Check the bushings in the lower A frame.


"Forrest" <REMOVETHISrunforrest1@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>I have an 1987 Honda Accord that is pulling big time to one side when
>breaking. I replaced the front rotors with factory parts and used factory
>pads. I also replaced the calipers but still have the problem. I did big
>time bleeding and have good firm pedal. What the hell is wrong. Could it be
>the proportioning valve? Would appreciate any opinions on the problem ...
>Thanks, Pat
>
>



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Old 21 Oct 2004, 07:55 pm
dabige1
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Default Re: front end pulling to one side when breaking

I am having the same issue with my car (a 1998 Integra). Did you ever
figure this out..?

Was it a sway bar loose, a bushing? a ball joint?

Please let me know
Elie.

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Old 21 Oct 2004, 11:46 pm
Forrest
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Default Re: front end pulling to one side when breaking

No, I'm still driving it that way. It's dangerous as hell and plan to get it
into a Honda shop soon. When I apply the brakes it pulls to the left as if
the right caliper isn't working or not as much as the left one. I replaced
both front rotors and pads, (factory parts) and calipers (rebuilt) and bled
them with no problem. The ball joints look and feel OK and the bushings for
any sway bars etc. are fine. I'm still wondering if it might be the
proportioning valve. Good luck.


"dabige1" <dabige1@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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>I am having the same issue with my car (a 1998 Integra). Did you ever
> figure this out..?
>
> Was it a sway bar loose, a bushing? a ball joint?
>
> Please let me know
> Elie.
>



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