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#1 blindrummer

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 01:49 AM

85 GL hatchback EA81 4 D/R
pulls to the left on acceleration
pulls to the right on deceleration
when i brake i can feel this slight movement forward and hear a tap :-\ metal on metal
where do i start?

#2 Loyale 2.7 Turbo

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 02:03 AM

Maybe it is a Foolish Advice, but here it Goes:

Have you Checked your Tires for Low Pressure / Different Size \ Different Rims?
`cos the Metallic Sound could be the Exhaust too...

if Everything Tire Related seems to be OK, I Suggest to Check Carefully the Links, Steering Parts, Ball Rods, etc... for Loosen Parts and misalignment...

#3 Caramanos2000

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 02:05 AM

Hmmm id say look at all the axle boots to check their condition. Also make sure none of the connecting rods are bent. Also are all your tires the same? (brand, profile etc.) Next check the brake discs for scoring or an icky brown color. May I also suggest replacing the power steering fluid with the Lucas stop leak kind, worked wonders for me. If those things check out you car may just need alignment :banana: Thats what I know from personal experience someone else on here might be able to tell you more.

#4 blindrummer

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 02:32 AM

4 new tires, and rims were sandblasted, tire pressure is checked religiously
axle boots are fine, no problem steering, no noise
just a sudden slam when i hit the brakes hard and i feel a little movement
no power steering here

#5 Loyale 2.7 Turbo

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 03:06 AM

Those are Magic Words:

...slam when i hit the brakes hard ...


...So you Must Check the Brakes, Specially for Sticking parts like Pistons, Calipers...

Good Luck!

#6 mountaingoatgruff

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 04:07 AM

as stated, check your brakes. if the rotors and pads look okay (pull the wheels and look through the windows on the back of each caliper to see a profile view of the pads, by fsm pads should be a minimum of .295" or 1/4" including metal backing ), make sure all the fasteners are still tight. if necessary, you can disconnect the park brake cables carefully tie them outta the way and see if it changes anything. my 84 hatch had a sticking park brake lever on the pass side causing it to drag a bit - didn't pull like you're talking about but you never know. i pulled the rubber boot off, regreased it, reclamped the boot with a piece of heavy wire and haven't had problems since.

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 01:21 PM

You have bad ball joints. Steering with the gas and brake is a classic symptom. Replace them before your wheels fall off.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 04:11 PM

thanks GD
i've never had this problem, but i can get the parts pretty cheap
anything else i should replace while i'm in there

#9 blindrummer

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 04:32 PM

i think i'll do the tie rods as well
is this the "inner tie rod" connecting to the steering rack in the second picture???
any special tool required for this job???

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