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    Default How bad is misaligned front wheels?

    A wee while ago i had a slight disagreement with a kerb. This caused my o/s tyre to end up with a rather mahoosive whole in it. When i got a new tyre on the car now pulls to the right, and i need to steer to the left to compensate.

    Would it just be the new tyre, or has somthing bukled or bent?

    more importantly how bad is this for my car?

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    could be as simple as the new tyre having a different tread pattern to the other side, i speak from experience with that.

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    if the rears are the same tread pattern, stick both of them on the front and see what happens.

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    Get the tracking checked.

    Just driving down a pothole can put the tracking out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06sri View Post
    if the rears are the same tread pattern, stick both of them on the front and see what happens.
    never considered that. i will try it. the new tyre certainly has a different tread to all the 3 others.

    and if that dosent do it, tracking is next.

    cheers

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    no bother, trust me differnt types of tyre and tread patterns on the front can and will cause the problem you have.

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    Swap the two front ones round and see if it pulls the other way

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    Different tyre tread sizes (not treads) can cause the problem your causing, but i'd get it four wheel aligned, makes a big difference to the vectra for around £50

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    sorry but tread patterns can cause this, i had 4 tyres the same on my last car, got a puncture on the front, put the brand new spare on (same size brand new just different tread pattern) and it pulled on the side the spare was fitted.

    got a new tyre put on the punctured side and it still pulled to that side, in the end i got the puncture repaird and put that tyre back on, car went back to normal, so that was 2 differnt new tyres which both pulled to that side.

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    more than likely knocked the tracking out...
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