Why Does My Car Pull To The Right When Braking?

When a car pulls to the right or left when braking, it is a clear indication of a potentially dangerous situation, which should be dealt with as soon as possible. The technicians at Hillman Family Automotive know that brakes are among the crucial systems in the car that should be working correctly at all times.

At times when a car pulls to the right or left when brakes are applied, it may not be a serious situation.

There are two types of brake systems namely the disc and drum systems. Both systems use friction or resistance to stop the vehicle. Based on the brake system your car has, it may experience different problems that may lead to your car pulling to the left or right when brakes are applied.

There are many reasons why this happens. Let’s have a look at some of the causes that may lead to a car pulling to the left or right.

Uneven tire pressure

When there is a pressure difference between one tire and the other, this can cause the car to brake while moving to the right or left. Low pressure on one side changes the height and relative speed of the tire, changing the alignment of the car.

Stuck caliper

When one of the brake calipers is stuck the car will pull on one side when braking. The same issue can also be experienced when one is not braking.

Worn suspension parts

Suspension parts get worn out over time, this can be the cause of this kind of problem as well. The problems can be in the joints, springs of any other part. Due to the stiffness of the suspension parts which cause the vehicle to pull to one side of the road.

Your Tires need an alignment

If your right and left tires are not working together and pointing exactly straight down the road the will need to be aligned.  If they are left out of alignment you will notice the car pulling to the side and your tires will wear down faster.


It is advisable that one should have a mechanic come over and check the vehicle’s braking system to make sure everything is working correctly.