My Honda Civic Pulls to the Left When Braking – What’s the Cause?

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Mary Young asked 6 months ago
I recently noticed a peculiar issue with my 2007 Honda Civic LX. Whenever I brake at higher speeds, the car starts pulling to the left. This happens only if I'm not holding the steering wheel tightly; when I do hold it, the car doesn't pull to the left. Interestingly, at lower speeds, this pulling isn't noticeable. Also, it doesn't occur on roads that curve to the right. I'm new to car mechanics and this being my first car, I'm unsure about what could be causing this issue. Could you provide some insight into what might be going wrong and what I should check?
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 6 months ago
Hi there, Mary! From your description of that concern with your Honda Civic LX pulling to the left while braking is quite common and can usually be traced back to a few key areas in the braking or suspension system. Here’s a breakdown of what could be causing this issue, from what I can tell:
  1. Caliper Issues: One of your brake calipers, likely on the right side, might not be applying pressure evenly. This could be due to seized slide pins or a caliper that isn’t retracting properly.
  2. Brake Hose Problem: A brake hose on one side might be blocked, causing uneven pressure distribution when you apply the brakes.
  3. Brake Pad Wear: Uneven wear on your brake pads can also cause this issue. It’s worth checking if the pads are wearing evenly on both sides.
  4. Suspension Components: Although less common, issues with suspension components like the lower control arm bushings can lead to similar problems.
Steps to Diagnose:
  • Start by checking the slide pins on the front calipers. They should move freely.
  • Lift the car's front end and manually spin each wheel to check for resistance.
  • Press the brakes while the car is lifted and observe if both wheels stop equally.
  • Inspect the brake hoses, calipers, and pads for any visible signs of damage or wear.
Cost Considerations: If you need to replace parts like calipers, rotors, or pads, the cost will vary. It's often advisable to replace these in pairs (both sides) to maintain even braking. Feel free to visit a professional mechanic for a thorough inspection, especially since brake issues can significantly affect your driving safety. I hope that helps! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team