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I picked up a nail in a tire and went to the Firestone to get it repaired. Right after that, the car started pulling when braking. The wheel goes left and I feel like the back end goes right a small amount, but the travel still seems to be straight. Is it possible that Firestone damaged something when repairing the flat? What do I need to get someone to look at? I don't think I want to go back to that Firestone if it was something they did (intentionally or accidental). Also possible related was I had a rear bearing and some front ball joints replaced a few months earlier.

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at


Thank you for writing in. Pulling to one side when braking tends to be from extra resistance. This can be caused by a warped brake rotor, other braking system failure, or from tires that are improperly aired up. Chances are that it is something simple like the rest of the tires not being properly inflated, but the tires and the braking system will need to be inspected. That being said, you will likely get a free inspection from Firestone considering the circumstances. It will be up to you to determine if what they tell you is the truth or if you want to get another opinion. You can request a different technician, as they should have record of who did the repair. Only furhter inspection will tell. Good luck!

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