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Old 11-12-2015, 09:46 PM   #1
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Car pulls left when braking in the rain!

Hey so here's the issue hope someone can help

2004 330xi

Car brakes 99% dead nuts strait in the dry

In rain the car will pull so hard even just taping the brakes it would change lanes.

After an initial brake pedal hit the next time u try and use the brakes it brakes strait.

It has

-new control arms and bushings
-new Continental dws tires
-no play in steering or any suspension components I can feel with the car jacked up
-new pads and rotors at least 80% life on pads rotors look brand new no wear and no shakes at any speed

I'm kind of at a loss its down right scary and being I've had $100 cars not brake like this it's not acceptable!

I've researched a bit here and people say its common or at least has been recorded as has happened before to XI models but haven't seen a solution hopefully someone here can help!!
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Old 11-12-2015, 10:57 PM   #2
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Usually it's a front pad grabbing too hard creating the pull affect wet or dry. Rain makes no sense unless the rotor isn't getting scrubbed by the pads properly under rotation and is surface rusting where applying the brakes the first time grabs the troubled side. Once the rotor is cleaned, reapplying the brakes seems straight as normal. Check the side that tugs the wheel in that direction.
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Old 11-14-2015, 06:06 PM   #3
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What exact pads and rotors did you buy? Brake fluid has been flushed? Could be 'performance' pads causing this.

I had a caliper that would get sticky when it was very wet out.

I've had worn front rotors with a lip that caused a pull under braking in the wet too.

Check tire pressures. Did you get an alignment after the new control arms?
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Old 11-14-2015, 06:08 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Kubica View Post

I had a caliper that would get sticky when it was very wet out.
This would cause a pull to the side.
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Old 01-09-2016, 12:06 PM   #5
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Ive had the same issue problem was the control arm bushings
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