My car has had a slight pull to the right recently. I think it started when we had a snowstorm and my car was stuck in some snow and I was rocking the car and spinning the wheels a lot trying to get it out. I didn't hit anything, just a lot of tire spinning going on trying to get unstuck.I have to turn the wheel slightly left (probably like 11:00 or 11:30 on a clock) to drive straight. When I let go of the wheel, the wheel ends up slightly right - like maybe 1:00 on a clock, when driving. But when I have the car parked with the wheel straight the tires look straight visually.My fiance's friend is a auto technician (for a dealership of a different brand of car) and he took a quick visual check of the wheels (and did some checking using his hand width to measure) and said he doesn't think it is the alignment. He suspects it is one of the tires - like a belt slipped or something in one of the tires.He suggested having the front tires cross-rotated to see if the pull changes and that would indicate that it is for sure a tire.Any thoughts about this? Tires? Alignment? Other? How urgent? Can I just go to my tire place and tell them about this and see if they can figure out which tire it is?Was hoping to not put much money into my 14 year old car as I hope to get a new/newer one in the next year or two, and my current tires are only 3-4 years old I think. But if it is a tire then it probably would need replacing - is it bad to have the car pull? Bad for the tires? Bad for the car? I know it's pretty annoying for me to drive it like that.
I'd suggest it's a tire too. A lot of spinning in a stuck condition can slip a belt, or even wear down a portion of the tread. You can actually cause tires to catch fire spinning them in snow and ice from the friction (a drunk did just that around here a couple nights ago.)Any pulling condition is urgent enough to get it looked at as soon as possible.Richard
Things that affect steering affect safety. I'd get it evaluated.Twitty is right about prolonged spinning damaging a tire. Prolonged can mean 15-20 seconds. A spinning tire generates a lot of heat.
I agree with eudaimon and TMFTwitty, safety fist and get them checked. You spoke of getting a new car in a "year or two". That is way to long to be uncomfortable driving your car, and way too long to be in a potentially unsafe car.If you fix it now you might get two more good years out of your tire purchase.If you wait, you will only get one.Hope that helps,Steven
JennLee,If money is n issue, and it usually is, try a junk yard for a couple of good used tires. Maybe let the mechanic friend guide you.Steven
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