Q I drive a 10-year-old Toyota Corolla that’s starting to give me cause for concern. When I brake for a stop street or traffic light, the whole car tries to veer to the right, and I end up fighting the steering wheel. Should I be worried?
A Yes. This problem is usually caused by a frozen calliper or wheel cylinder piston, a fluid-contaminated brake shoe lining, a leaking cylinder or (more rarely) a layer of brake lining dust. Faulty front-end alignment may also cause your car to veer to one side. If you’re not mechanically inclined, talk to your local mechanic very soon.