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Did I screw up my suspension or just out of alignment?

I was on a road trip this week and was pulling into a foreign gas station and being unfamiliar, and certainly by mistake, ran over the curb going around 15 mph with my front right tire. Unfortunately this completely flattened my tire (stock Fortera HL) and I was forced to stop and change to my full size spare. Now upon changing, my jeep wants to drive slightly to the right. It doesn't pull hard, or really pull at all, but when the steering wheel is straight it wants to drive slightly to the right. I got home and check side to side with my front left and front right suspensions and wheel components and I don't see any obvious damage, no bent rods or anything, but I'm stressed and won't be able to get to the shop till wednesday. The vehicle still drives fine, the ride doesn't feel any different, still controls easily, it is just slightly off now. Could it be the jeep is just out of alignment, or could there be something more serious lurking waiting cost me significant cash?

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Edit: Could it also be related to currently the one spare having significantly more tread on the tire than the other tires (25000 miles on them)? I couldn't imagine it affecting this that much. I am getting a new set of tires this week as well.

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A hit like that would absolutely require that you need to get an alignment. If the spare was not properly inflated that may cause a pull to that side but it would have to be very low. My guess is it needs the alignment because most times a good hit will knock it out of alignment without blowing out the tire. Make sure the tire shop checks the wheel for damage or cracks when fixing the flat tire.

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I plan in getting the alignment this week. Just hoping more damage doesn't exist. Also the tire is properly inflated.
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Before alignment equalize tire pressure.
If pull still exists, cross the front tires to be certain the pull doesn't follow the tire.
If it follows the tire, your spare has excessive rolling resistance (radial pull)
If the pull follows the tire, take it to a Discount Tire facility.
They can verify through the use of their road force balancer, which can measure rolling resistance.
Even though the tire is old by time, remaining wear is the key to a tire warranty claim, and excessive pull is warranty.

Just a bit more info for the OP and those who read this.

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Thanks for the info, will do this tonight after work.
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Result: Jeep was only significantly out of alignment. Problem solved!
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Glad to hear you solved the problem.

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