On my way out of my neighborhood this morning, I forgot everything my dad ever taught me about driving and swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel. Instead, my right tire hit the beginning of a curb with a loud THUMP… and now I’m wondering just how screwed I am.
I observed the following symptoms during the rest of my 1-hour commute (highway/stop-and-go): initially the car wanted to pull left slightly, and it made a soft, rhythmic noise when I made hard right turns on a cloverleaf. Otherwise, everything seemed fine… Except my steering wheel. It is noticeably misaligned now, which is especially annoying since I drive a stick, so my hands are typically at 7 and 5 o’clock. Now my hands (in their usual positions) are nearly at 9 and 4.
So, how screwed am I? Is there a way to fix the steering wheel alignment myself, or is this a deeper problem? Is this something I need to get looked at right away lest I risk doing further damage, or is this a problem I can ignore for another month of local-only driving? I’m about to move out of the country for a year and was going to put the car in storage. I have no money right now and will need to replace the tires when I resume driving it anyway. Can I put off dealing with this for a year?