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chirag11
07-26-2012, 11:16 AM
Hello everyone!

A little background:

I have a 2004 525i. It was pulling to the right. So I went to the $tealer for an alignment. After aliginment, it was still pulling to the right, so then the dealer says I need replacement control arm bushings or may be new tires. They wanted $700 for CAB. I said no thank you and went my way swearing to go to an indy shop.

Its been about 5 months since then, I never got the CAB done, I still have a slight pull to right. I did notice that the front passenger side tire is starting to bald on the inside, probably due to the pulling to right.


Now:

I am planning to replace the tires, they are due. So I am thinking that I want to get the CAB done as well as I plan to keep the car long time. I am also due a Brake Fluid Flush.

I called an orange county indy shop and here are the prices:

Indy Shop:
CAB: $520
Brake Fluid Flush: $125

Dealer:
CAB: $695
Brake Fluid Flush: $199


Are the indy shop prices what you would expect? Or is that too much? Should I keep shopping?

If I may dare ask, was I an idiot not to get the CAB done earlier? (My justification was that the dealer said its either the tire or CAB or both)

Should I just get the tires replaced first and see whether the car pulls to the right before spending money on CAB in case the dealer was just looking for more money????


Suggestions please?? :)

tchavera
07-26-2012, 11:18 AM
Go get a tire rotation to confirm the pull issue related to the tire. The tire wear concerns me a bit because you had an alignment. Did they give u a print out?

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chirag11
07-26-2012, 11:21 AM
They had, but I dont have that anymore. As I mentioned it was 5 months ago...
The pull had got much better after the alignment so I guess I was okay. I will get the rotation done today.

How about the prices though?

Go get a tire rotation to confirm the pull issue related to the tire. The tire wear concerns me a bit because you had an alignment. Did they give u a print out?

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chirag11
07-26-2012, 11:36 AM
UPDATE:

Just called another indy place and got

CAB: $400
Brake Fluid Flush: $120

I was also suggested the same thing tchavera mentioned - rotate the tires first and see if the pull changes.

Will try that out today and post tomorrow (or replace tires over the weekend).

tchavera
07-26-2012, 11:40 AM
Ppl will say do the bushings for maintance. I would wait till they have a real prob. Try the tire rotation and check the pull. Def get new tires but don't buy from an indy. Go to discount tire if possible. They will match anyones price even tirerack.com. indy mark up tire price too much. I highly doubt yhe bushing is causing a pull. Also for the flush make sure u supply the fluid with a different color. Use red or blue to make sure it was done properly. Most indys fk you on it and only change the fluid in the resevior rather than a proper flush.

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2chill
07-28-2012, 12:38 AM
Call more indy shops at the below link. Just type in your zip code.

http://websearch.cs.com/cs/boomframe.jsp?query=Automobile+repair+on+Long+Isla nd+-+BMW+specialists&page=1&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D8 53b62a474b1c1f1%26clickedItemRank%3D2%26userQuery% 3DAutomobile%2Brepair%2Bon%2BLong%2BIsland%2B-%2BBMW%2Bspecialists%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A% 252F%252Fwww.bimmershops.com%252Fbmwshops%252Fnew-york%252F%26invocationType%3D-%26fromPage%3Dmainmenu81%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bimmershops.com%2Fbmws hops%2F

BMW535xia
07-28-2012, 05:20 AM
and here's another link which i have used for other indies in my area...

http://www.bimrs.org/

Locomotive
07-28-2012, 06:47 AM
The indy I have used for years on every
Ford I owned did just fine when I had a
bent rim. Low tech remedy: sledge hammer
and a piece of oak after marking the spot
on the rim. He asked me if I wanted to have
someone else do it who would have used a
torch and had different tools. I said I trusted
him and he did it for 30 bucks. The tire had
scalloping and he shaved it very little. 20
bucks. All I mean by this is, a good tire guy
or mechanic can do much more than you
think a dealer can and can a lot less costly.
My 535 had a noise in the rear and it's now
gone.
Bushings are usually fine and go bad fast.
I have a 99 Continental that some of the rear
bushings went bad at about 250k. Same
kind of deal, but I don't drive it enough now
to pay to have it done. When they start
replacing bushings on any car, it can get
expensive. Probably not the problem,
anyway.

chirag11
07-29-2012, 08:56 PM
Hello

I just got a new set of tires from Americas Tire yesterday. Went for the Yokohama YK580 on the salespersons suggestion and added the lifetime certificates for free replacement . Total damage $636.45 plus I will get a $100 rebate (I will believe it when I get it).

The Ride is much more smoother - very quiet - just the way I like it. However there is still a slight pull to the right. I need to do more freeway tests but it seems that the pull happens at any speed.

What are the possible things that cause this?

CAB now? or just Alignment since its new tires? I would rather get a better idea of the cause without spending more money on this...

One thing to note is that earlier there was a steering vibration at higher speeds which is almost gone now ( I still feel a little vibration in steering at freeway speeds (60+ mph) but cant tell at low speeds. )

So the tires did help. Now this pull to the right is my only bother...

Sugggestions?

dwlink
07-29-2012, 10:07 PM
I'd recommend replacing the entire arms because the "pin" end of the upper control arms are a wear point also and the new arms will come with fresh bushings . Stick with Lemfoerder (the OE manufacturer). Shop around for the part numbers below and you should be able to find an online retailer that sells each arm for around $200.

31 12 6 765 995 (left)
31 12 6 765 996 (right)

I replaced mine earlier this year because when I was getting an alignment done, the tech had noted one of my bushings had a slight tear and the other was quite worn. Had him hold off on the alignment until I could get the new arms in. Result was a very noticeable improvement in steering feel. I think I was charged 2 hours of labor at $115 for the arm install (so about $650 for new front upper control arms installed).

1 hour of labor for brake fluid + cost of fluid will be pretty typical at any indy shop. So $120 isn't too bad for the Indy shop you mentioned.