97 Dodge ram 2500 pulls to the right.

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97 Dodge ram 2500 pulls to the right.

I've had the truck for almost 100,000 miles.It now has 159,000. It has always pulled to the right. I've had it aligned 4 different times and each time they have told me that it is perfect. It is a 4x4 w/ a cummins. I recently had new tie-rod ends installed along with a stabilizer. Didn't fix the problem. It has developed a shimmy which I assume is warped rotors but don't believe the two issues are related. I'm an easy driver but this is frustrating and the pull is getting worse.
 
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Could be upper/lower ball joints, or maybe your camber is out of whack, but the alignment shop should have told you this.
 
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Take it to a good dependable front end shop or better yet a Dodge dealer and tell them to check the "tracking bar". It's the one that keeps the axle centered under the frame. Trust me,all the symptoms you describe are caused by this being worn. And yes,the shimmy is also caused by this.
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Did the alignment tech start the vehicle after the wheels were off the turntables? Its possible they aligned the wheels perfectly but with the steering box not centered. That will cause it to pull or drift depending on severity of the off centered box. What kind of tire wear are you having? I assume the wheel shimmy is only during braking since you think that problem is caused by the rotors.
 
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97 Dodge ram 2500 pulls to the right

Thanks for your input. The tires are wearing pretty evenly although there seems to be a little more wear on the outside of the front passenger tire.
I'm not sure what proccess was used for alignment. I will check on that this time around.
 
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