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I've started to notice a slight drifting to the right if I take my hands off the wheel for a (very) short period of time.
It's not very bad, but I'm thinking I should get it fixed, and I'm not convinced I have the time/tools/knowledge to do this myself.
Quoted 85 bucks by my local auto shop.
Would a tire place do this cheaper or is that about right ?
Griff.
 

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2003 OB 190k
I've started to notice a slight drifting to the right if I take my hands off the wheel for a (very) short period of time.
It's not very bad, but I'm thinking I should get it fixed, and I'm not convinced I have the time/tools/knowledge to do this myself.
Quoted 85 bucks by my local auto shop.
Would a tire place do this cheaper or is that about right ?
Griff.
What are they doing for $85? Is it just an alignment or is something worn? Keep in mind, most times you get what you pay for.
 

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Mine does this, even after new tires and TWO alignments. My steering wheel is also off center, slightly to the left. It was off about the same amount before the tires and alignment, but in the opposite direction.
 

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Need more info.......mine did this.....put 4 new tires and had an alignment done with the wheel being " centered "

Perfect !!!!!
 

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As others have said and you should be asking - what are they going to do for $85?

First thing to check is tire pressure all around. Make sure you do not have a low/slow leaking tire that is causing the problem.
 

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I second that - you have to have exact same tire pressure in both front wheels.
 

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How slight is the drift? If it is a minor drift, it could just be the road. Most roads have a slight slope built into them (higher at the center than the shoulders) to help with drainage and the added benefit of tending to naturally prevent a head-on collision between two cars in case a driver falls asleep at the wheel.
 

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Need more info.......mine did this.....put 4 new tires and had an alignment done with the wheel being " centered "

Perfect !!!!!
You had the alignment done with the STEERING wheel centered? Was it pulling at all before you had the alignment done?
 

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A tight bearing/hub could also drift the car slightly to that side...
 

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Yes..redgeminipa..........pulling to the right...................now.................all perfectly " lined up"

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My 2001 has an ever so slight drift to the right. I've had alignment checked. All good. Tire pressure spot on. I haven't figured out why. Brakes don't drag. No clue. Tire wear seems to be normal... So I don't stress :)
 
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