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New axle fixed steering pull? #5288137 12/07/19 09:52 PM
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Our Toyota has had a left pull ever since we bought it last year. I have rotated the tires,checked air pressure etc. No change. I was going to have the alignment checked soon.

It has had a leaking CV boot for a few weeks or so. A family emergency came up so I had to put an axle in it to be safe on a trip that suddenly came up.

No more left pull! The parts I removed had zero effect on the alignment. it uses eccentrics on the lower control arm mounts. I didn't touch those,I took the knuckle off at the ball joints.

How could an axle cause a pull?


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Re: New axle fixed steering pull? [Re: Chris142] #5288139 12/07/19 09:58 PM
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What if simply jacking it up did something to a bushing that tweaked your alignment for the better, like popping a shoulder back in?

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Originally Posted by eljefino
What if simply jacking it up did something to a bushing that tweaked your alignment for the better, like popping a shoulder back in?


Possible, maybe, but if so means more repairs are needed. You'd think a mechanic like the OP would notice something that worn.


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Re: New axle fixed steering pull? [Re: eljefino] #5288144 12/07/19 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by eljefino
What if simply jacking it up did something to a bushing that tweaked your alignment for the better, like popping a shoulder back in?

Everything looks good. No weird clunks or rubber spitting out. I had the same parts off a few months ago when I put struts in it.

I'm thinking that the axle had some sort of binding.


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Re: New axle fixed steering pull? [Re: Chris142] #5288168 12/07/19 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris142
Our Toyota has had a left pull ever since we bought it last year. I have rotated the tires,checked air pressure etc. No change. I was going to have the alignment checked soon.

It has had a leaking CV boot for a few weeks or so. A family emergency came up so I had to put an axle in it to be safe on a trip that suddenly came up.

No more left pull! The parts I removed had zero effect on the alignment. it uses eccentrics on the lower control arm mounts. I didn't touch those,I took the knuckle off at the ball joints.

How could an axle cause a pull?



Hmmm, wonder why this was not fixed shortly after vehicle was purchased? popcorn

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Re: New axle fixed steering pull? [Re: 53' Stude] #5288182 12/07/19 11:41 PM
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Our Toyota has had a left pull ever since we bought it last year. I have rotated the tires,checked air pressure etc. No change. I was going to have the alignment checked soon.

It has had a leaking CV boot for a few weeks or so. A family emergency came up so I had to put an axle in it to be safe on a trip that suddenly came up.

No more left pull! The parts I removed had zero effect on the alignment. it uses eccentrics on the lower control arm mounts. I didn't touch those,I took the knuckle off at the ball joints.

How could an axle cause a pull?



Hmmm, wonder why this was not fixed shortly after vehicle was purchased? popcorn

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Re: New axle fixed steering pull? [Re: Chris142] #5288269 12/08/19 05:48 AM
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Although it's only happened to me once, I had just the opposite happen when installing a axle. I got a pull on the same side as the installed axle.

It wasn't a bad pull(just noticeable) so I left it alone and had a new alignment done when I performed other repairs that actually required the alignment.


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Re: New axle fixed steering pull? [Re: Chris142] #5288325 12/08/19 07:56 AM
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If it had a leak, I’d assume it was low on lube. If that’s the case, binding or just slightly higher friction could be the case.

How that results in a pull is not entirely clear, but I guess it’s possible..

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Too late to check now, but if the old one was getting hot, that would be a symptom of it binding, much like a sticking caliper.


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Yes, can definitely be the cause. Would be similar to a dragging brake caliper.


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Was the axle that was bad on the left side or the right?


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One of the ball joints got seated properly when it was re-tightened . A pull that doesn't cause tire wear isn't much of a problem.Glad you fixed it, Chris grin2


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Re: New axle fixed steering pull? [Re: mattd] #5289016 12/09/19 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by mattd
Was the axle that was bad on the left side or the right?

Driver side. Just the boot was beginning to split.


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Re: New axle fixed steering pull? [Re: Chris142] #5289495 12/09/19 03:13 PM
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I agree, any additional friction or inefficiency between the shafts would result in a steering pull. Maybe additional wear due to leaked lubricant caused more friction? Which way was the steering pull relative to the new shaft?


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