What is causing My 2011 Taurus with 5,000 miles.

  • 2011 FORD TAURUS
  • 5,000 MILES
What is causing My 2011 Taurus with 5,000 miles on it to pull to either side, but not always, when brakes are applied? Most of the time it stops normally. Dealership checked brakes TWICE and says there is nothing wrong.
Thursday, March 28th, 2013 AT 7:45 PM

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The brake systems on front-wheel-drive cars are pretty well balanced so even if one side quits working completely, all you'll see is a little twitch in the steering wheel when you apply the brakes. Only Chrysler has that perfected so even that twitch is not there. Most brake pulls are caused by an alignment adjustment changing or a tire pull. Ford has way more trouble with steering and suspension parts separating leading to loss of control and crashes than all other manufacturers combined but you should not be running into that yet at 5,000 miles. That didn't happen to their worst "killer" cars until 15,000 - 20,000 miles. More likely I would suspect a tire pull. That doesn't mean a tire is defective. It just flexes differently and has a different rolling resistance. Most of the time you can identify that on front-wheel-drive cars by it pulling to one side under acceleration and the other side when braking. You can solve that by rotating all four tires front-to-rear. Just leave them there and don't rotate them after that. Rotating is done so all four tires will wear out at the same rate. Nothing can be done on the front of your car to fix the poor tire wear but instead of buying four new tires at once, you buy two new tires twice as often.

The clue to a tire pull is they always pull the same way when braking and the other way when accelerating. If your car goes either way when braking it suggests a suspension part is shifting causing a change in an alignment angle. There are a number of potential causes but all normally involve much higher mileage and worn parts. With such a new car a loose bolt would be more suspect but you should hear some kind of clunking noise associated with the pull.
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Thursday, March 28th, 2013 AT 9:09 PM

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