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Car Pulling Hard Left Under Braking

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Old Feb 11th, 2024, 17:31   #1
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Hi Guys - been having an issue where my XC90 is pulling hard to the left under braking. The following items have been checked/ replaced:
  1. Both Front Shocks
  2. Wishbones Both Sides
  3. Checked Tyre Pressures

I’ve also pulled the calipers off. Both sliding pins cleaned/ greased and moving without issue. Don’t think caliper piston is the issue either as able to retract it back into the caliper with no issue.

Anyone any thoughts?
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Old Feb 11th, 2024, 20:34   #2
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You seem to have covered most bases already.

Is it only when braking? If so, just check braking or emergency braking? Does the car steer straight and true otherwise - hands off - under normal driving conditions (gently following the camber, if any, excepted)? Is it possible that a steering component has become bent or damaged as a result of striking a big pothole for instance, perhaps?

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Thanks for your reply John.

It pulls under both ‘normal’ and ‘emergency’ braking.

I don’t recall hitting any large potholes…and one thing I neglected to mention in my original post was that I just had a 4 wheel alignment done on it (approx 1 day ago).

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Have you tried bleeding the brakes . It's worth a try before spending out on any parts .
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Have you tried bleeding the brakes . It's worth a try before spending out on any parts .
A good shout, I'd suggest swapping the brake pads from side to side as well, swap wheels too.
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Thanks guys - brake fluid has been changed and brakes bled within the last couple of weeks.

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Hi Guys - been having an issue where my XC90 is pulling hard to the left under braking. The following items have been checked/ replaced:
  1. Both Front Shocks
  2. Wishbones Both Sides
  3. Checked Tyre Pressures

I’ve also pulled the calipers off. Both sliding pins cleaned/ greased and moving without issue. Don’t think caliper piston is the issue either as able to retract it back into the caliper with no issue.

Anyone any thoughts?
The biggest problem with this is non volvo poor quality wishbone bushes. did you use genuine Volvo Parts ?
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Thanks, Cian - That’s what I’m trying to ascertain today as I e read some interesting stories online (work was done by a mechanic).

Does anyone have an idea as to how much genuine Volvo arms cost?

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Old Feb 12th, 2024, 16:47   #9
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As an approximate guess, I'd say genuine control arms are around £200-£220 plus VAT each.

Phone your local dealer and ask to be sure, but that's a rough estimate.
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Thanks, Kev. I was expecting something like that.

Dealer quoted me £317 per side (inclusive of VAT). Thought that was a little on the high side if I’m honest.
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