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Old 04-15-2016, 06:15 PM
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My 62 Tbird pulls severely to the left. I have been to two different alignment shops but the problem still persists. They both said they could find nothing wrong. Anyone have any ideas?

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Old 04-15-2016, 06:30 PM
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Does it only pull with the brakes on or does it pull if you take your hands off the wheel. It's not unusual for drum brakes to pull one way or the other if they aren't adjusted correctly or there's a problem with the wheel cylinders or there's air in the system.

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Old 04-16-2016, 06:44 PM
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It pulls when I let go of the steering wheel. I don't believe the brakes have anything to do with it.
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Alright, I've lived long enough to never take the obvious for granted. Your question is so 'loaded' I can hardly know where to start, so now it becomes a guessing game:

Was this car ever in a collision?
Has anyone added components to your front springs to alter the height or are the springs shortened?
Do you have the same tires all around?
Do you have drum brakes?
Is this car 'dog tracking'?
Is the driver extremely heavy?
To elaborate on John's suggestion, what happens when you apply the brakes?
When you rotate the left tires by hand, can you feel a drag?

I could go on and on but I won't. We need a whole lot more information that requires much more than three sentences. When your car left the factory it ran straight and true. What has happened since then? - Dave
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Elaborating on what Dave said have any of the suspension parts been replaced; e.g., ball joints, tie rod ends, control arm bushings. Any good alignment shop won't even attempt to do an alignment on a 50+ year old car if there's play in any of the suspension parts.

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My 62 Tbird pulls severely to the left. I have been to two different alignment shops but the problem still persists. They both said they could find nothing wrong. Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks,

Gary
Classic symptom of bad steering gearbox that was also the subject of recalls when new. One of the seals in the piston may have a nick or the bore may have a score in it, allowing for fluid to surge and push the piston to one side. You may have to get it rebuilt.
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An easy way to check PS is to leave it off. If the car doesn't pull, then Alan is right.
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All interesting comments and ideas. (mostly) I think I will try unhooking the PS and see what happens.
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Take the belt off and test drive it.
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