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Hi,

I have a problem with my car veering to the left. I think it started doing after I accidentally hit the curb at about 30mph. I took it to a garage as I thought it the tracking needed doing but it was the same :(

If I let go of the steering wheel while moving it veers left and I nearly hit the edge of the road in a few seconds. I have to hold the steering wheel at an angle to keep it straight. It is roughly between 3 & 5 degrees off centre.

It's not a major problem in that the car is drivable but I don't want to be causing more damage to it if I leave it alone.

I also made sure the tyre pressures were correct but other than that I have run out of ideas. Could something in the steering be bent?

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Yes, definitely.

Take it to someone who knows about tracking. :rolleyes:

"It's not a major problem..." well, if nothing else, at best it will be wearing your tyres; at the worst, if you need to perform any sort of emergency maneuver, you may suddenly find the car responding in a VERY unpredictable fashion...
 

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OK thanks :)

I think I will take it into a garage and tell them what is wrong and hopefully they can sort it out.

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Hi,

I took the car into the garage and they did the wheel balancing and swapped the wheels around as they thought that would counteract the veering left, the only problem is now the car veers right when i hold the steering wheel straight.

I have to compensate by turning the steering wheel slightly to the left now instead of before where I have to turn it to the right to stop it going left.

I am a little confused as to what could be the cause, I would say the tyres because after swapping them round it suddenly goes the other way? that seems a little odd. Could there be a problem with the steering not being aligned somewhere?

What do you guys think?

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Have you replaced the tyres yet? If the problem is following the wheels, then i would say either you have excessive tyre wear, but you would be able to spot that a mile off, or you may have bent a wheel???
 

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Did you just swap wheels from left to right or did you swap from front to back?
 

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Have you replaced the tyres yet? If the problem is following the wheels, then i would say either you have excessive tyre wear, but you would be able to spot that a mile off, or you may have bent a wheel???
The garage did not replace any of the tyres and they didn't mention any wear on them either.
Did you just swap wheels from left to right or did you swap from front to back?
I didn't ask them so I don't know but I will find out on Monday when they are open ;)

This might be the cause but I am not sure as it was a long time ago and it has got progressively worse since. Many months ago I was driving through an estate with lots of traffic control measures and tight bends. I was doing about 20-30mph and one of the bends caught me out and I hit the kerb with my front left wheel, it was very brief so never thought anything of it but i didn't have any problems with my steering until then.

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hi, have similar problem, but I hit the kerb with my back left wheel, did hit preety hard and at first thought my alloy was in pieces but only found it has one big mark on it, now my car is veering to the right, any ideas what I could have damaged?
 

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same with me, veering right, hvnt smacked curb, had alfa do tracking, still the same, never thought to change wheels over, will try it. noticed a big mark on drivers alloy where it has smacked curb before. everything on car, wishbone, arb, etc. is fine and straight. will try a few tricks, post more when checked.
 

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mine is veering right (driving on the right side of the road). also the back left (drivers side) wheel looses more presure than the other wheels. no problem with tires or valves. could it be that the wheel is bent?
 

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Well, I had the tracking done, had the wheels swapped around and had the wheel balancing done and none of that has sorted it, in fact it is worse. Now it veers left or right depending on its mood lol, when driving on the motorway I am constantly having to make lots of little adjustments just to keep it in the lane.

If a wheel is bent won't that be picked in the wheel balancing? if so then I am sure that isn't the problem. I am going to get an alfa dealer to look at it when I take it in for its MOT and service.

I can live with it but tbh I don't like it very much, if I put the steering wheel straight I expect to go straight, not veer of into oncoming traffic :lol:

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Sounds exactly like when my wishbone bushes were dropping out of my old escort!
 

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HHmmm,

tyres?
wheels?
wishbones?
trackrods?
drop links?
tracking?
anything bent like the subframe?

really taking stabs in the dark!
 

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OK well I've ruled out the tyres, wheels and tracking as all of that has been checked. When I take it in for its 132k mile service I will get them to check it out. How important is it to get things like the wishbone bushes checked out as it might be a few months before it goes in for the service? If I leave it will my wheels fall off? lol

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If it's not the suspension bushes worn as Smakey mentions,rack and pinion rods joints, castor angle,or other geometry problems perhaps?
 

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"Now it veers left or right depending on its mood lol, when driving on the motorway I am constantly having to make lots of little adjustments just to keep it in the lane."

That sounds like strut bearings!
 
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