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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-17-2018, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Grabbing on the Right

I have a problem with my '63 Impala. When coming to a full stop the steering swings to the right. It does not do this when I apply the brakes at highway speeds. The front end alignment is fine and so is the tire pressure. What else might cause this problem? Perhaps an issue with the right front brake?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-17-2018, 04:13 PM
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Not likely. Most probable is worn out Idler Arm, or Tie Rod Ends, or both. Missing upper control arm bushings (rubber that has rotted away), and even worn out ball joints can cause this problem to be aggravated to the point were you loose control of the car.

Unless there is fluid pouring out of the left front brake wheel cylinder it is most likely worn out parts. You state that it was recently aligned which implies a trained tech looked at the car first to check for worn out parts. Problem is he probably has never seen a car like yours and has no idea what to check.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-17-2018, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Big Dave!

The last alignment was performed by a competent mechanic and the ball joints were replaced a few years back and have very low miles on them. Chances are the other items need attention now. I'll take her in to the shop and have those checked.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-18-2018, 08:03 AM
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Does the steering wheel go right or just the car?
Stock brakes or swapped to disc brakes?

If it is just the car I would look at your left brake as it sounds like one of the pads may be hung up. If you still have stock brakes you need to go in and adjust them as they do not have a self adjuster in them. A little slot in the back of the backing plate leads to a splined wheel that needs to be turned. This has to be done on the front and rear brakes. They make conversion kits to allow them to self adjust, but from the factory they don't.
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