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Do rear shocks affect braking?
Posted by: Billdozer ()
Date: May 18, 2020 09:49PM

I’ve been trying to diagnose my car veering right when braking. Currently I have the rear up on jack stands under the a arms in order to adjust brakes. I noticed that the left shock is compressed a lot more that the right shock. Both shocks are very old and need replacing anyway. However, could the left rear being so much weaker affect the braking and cause the car to veer right?

Thanks.

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Re: Do rear shocks affect braking?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: May 18, 2020 09:59PM

Never seen that! Shocks have no effect on braking. Are you sure that shock isn't just shorter? A common "fix" for '60-6THREE rear wheel tuck.

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Re: Do rear shocks affect braking?
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: May 18, 2020 10:01PM

Not to the degree, or way that you are describing.
As has been discussed in a couple currently running threads.
Does the whole car pull to the right, or does the STEERING WHEEL pull to the right?

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Re: Do rear shocks affect braking?
Posted by: Billdozer ()
Date: May 18, 2020 10:53PM

Matt, I’ll take a look and see if one is shorter.

Mel, no pull at the wheel. Car goes right when braking and I have to correct it with the steering wheel. Steering box needs a rebuild too but that’s a separate issue I think.

I’m gonna bleed through tears, readjust, and test them out again.

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Re: Do rear shocks affect braking?
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: May 19, 2020 04:24AM

I didn't get back to the other thread on this but what about the shoe length I mentioned?

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Re: Do rear shocks affect braking?
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: May 19, 2020 06:31AM

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Posted by: Billdozer ()
Date: May 16, 2020 01:05PM

Front shoe is shorter, just measured it

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Re: Do rear shocks affect braking?
Posted by: denver66 ()
Date: May 19, 2020 06:43AM

Hydraulics to the LEFT rear might not be operating properly. Also check the parking brake action and adjustment.

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Re: Do rear shocks affect braking?
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: May 19, 2020 06:56AM

Since the shoes seem fine it is almost certainly a bad hose or wheel cylinder.

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Re: Do rear shocks affect braking?
Posted by: Billdozer ()
Date: May 19, 2020 08:05AM

In the video I posted in the other thread, the brakes seem to be operating properly. Could the hose on that side still be messed up?

I Have the rear bed on jacks now with parking brake loosened as much as I can. Going to bleed brakes then readjust. Maybe I’ll replace that hose first just in case

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Re: Do rear shocks affect braking?
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: May 19, 2020 04:18PM

Bleeding won't help your problem. It will only make a soft/low pedal.

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Re: Do rear shocks affect braking?
Posted by: Billdozer ()
Date: May 19, 2020 06:03PM

Understood, but as I was going through Matt’s brake adjustment procedures my brake pedal was not high and hard. Either way when I replace the hose it will need to be bled.

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Re: Do rear shocks affect braking?
Posted by: Billdozer ()
Date: May 20, 2020 07:01AM

Swapped out the left rear brake hose last night. I started to bleed that brake and I accidentally let the master cylinder run dry. D'oh

Do I need to bleed the MC now?

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Re: Do rear shocks affect braking?
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: May 20, 2020 07:24AM

Billdozer Wrote:

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> Do I need to bleed the MC now?

You don't have too, but it will probably save you time and fluid in the long run. If not, I would try the drivers side front first, since its the shortest line.

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