Car veering off to the right

Soldato
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Hi all. I hit a curb yesterday when parking and there was a slight squeak. It wasn't a hard hit but I knew something was going to go wrong. When driving home yesterday, I noticed that my car (2001 Mazda 626) was veering off to the right. I checked with my dad and he said that I probably need my wheels balanced but I'm not sure as I've just rang Kwik-Fit and they said that it wouldn't be that if it was veering to the right.

Would anyone have a clue what this could be?
 
Soldato
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You're alignment is out.

Use Align My Car to find your nearest garage with a Hunter machine, it's more accurate that a traditional tracking fix.

They should give you before and after readouts of the geometry of the car so you can see how bad it was.
 
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How much (approx) does it cost to get tracking sorted? Is it worth doing even if nothing seems to be obviously 'wrong'.

It will cost £20-30 and it's generally a good idea to get it done once a year or so, the amount of potholes and speed bumps you hit will put the tracking out and you don't want to unevenly wear your tyres.
 
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Whether or not they still do it, or even if it's advised on these forums. I used to take my car to one of the Motosave (now Wilko Motosave) as they offered tracking for about £20 and then a free checkup after a month. You would be suprised what could happen in a month on our roads!
 
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Getting the geometry done on a Hunter rather than just the normal tracking is a bit more expensive, £45–£55, but IMO it's well worth doing.
 
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Should probably make it clear with the Hunter, the price can vary depending on how much needs doing.

The place I went to worked as follows:

They put it on the rig and get a readout about how mis-aligned everything is.

At this stage, if it's within the normal limits, they take it off the rig and don't charge.

If the front wheels need correcting then it's about £50, if the rears need doing as well then it's almost twice the price.

If you use AlignMyCar (linked above) you can get a 5% discount which is good.

I got my wheels balanced at the same time and the guy gave me 5% discount on the total, rather than just the alignment so for a full realignment and all four wheels balanced I paid £99.
 
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