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E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 08-07-2014, 06:32 PM
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Wheel alignment

Hi guys

I got a wheel alignment done on my X5 3.5d Sports last week. From reading these forums I asked the technician to use the lower BMW recommended setting to increase tire life (as suggest in a few forums here) whilst not sacrificing the sporty drive.

The issue is that the car pulls slightly to the right, has anyone else experienced this?

Wondering if this may be a short term thing or I need to take it back to the wheel alignment place.

Below is a Yelp link to the centre that did the alignment, they've got lots of good reviews so you'd assume they know what they are doing.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/liberty-tire...er-los-angeles



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Old 08-07-2014, 11:21 PM
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Hi guys

I got a wheel alignment done on my X5 3.5d Sports last week. From reading these forums I asked the technician to use the lower BMW recommended setting to increase tire life (as suggest in a few forums here) whilst not sacrificing the sporty drive.

The issue is that the car pulls slightly to the right, has anyone else experienced this?

Wondering if this may be a short term thing or I need to take it back to the wheel alignment place.

Below is a Yelp link to the centre that did the alignment, they've got lots of good reviews so you'd assume they know what they are doing.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/liberty-tire...er-los-angeles

Thanks!_a__a2_
Most of the post I see is that the X5 still drive straight but with bad alignment. So that is odd. I assume it is lower end of the spec but still within spec of BMW alignment right?
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:16 AM
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If you post the print out of the alignment (often shows before and after readings) you will get more useful answers. Regardless, pulling on a straight road with fresh raven pavement would have me back at the alignment shop pronto. These things eat tires even with proper alignment.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:17 AM
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Check that. Even pavement, not raven.
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:41 AM
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POST THE ALIGNMENT.

iPhone>print out page>picture>post



scar- every post you make has an "edit" button.
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:34 PM
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Just posted the alignment specs, sorry that it came through in such a massive size!
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:17 PM
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That is a horrific alignment. You will go through a set of tires in 12k miles.

But it "meets spec"...it is as if the tech simply didnt listen to you, indeed the rear is WORSE than before.

Front toe was bad before. In spec now, but way too much.

What I dont understand is why you would not look at this, WHILE THE CAR IS ON THE RACK, and say "no, I said set it to the minimum"?????
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:52 AM
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Hi Guys,

I will be changing my tires shortly. I have 49k miles on the clock and the tires are still above the minimum tread (actually I purchased new tires a few months back, but did not have time to put them on).

I am planning also to check the alignment. I am noticing the same uneven wear on the front tires as I reported in this thread

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...715&highlight=

Is this bad alignment? I did not care that much with the old tires, but as I will be changing them I would like to avoid this problem on the new set.

And for the alignment, should I request toe 0.02? Rear should like request cross toe 0.00?

Is there anywhere online a list of recommended alignments specs for X5?

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Old 08-09-2014, 01:19 PM
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if you got 49k on those tires, I am not sure Id TOUCH the alignment. I would say it is perfect. Look at it this way: if the car handles OK, and you got 49k miles..what ELSE could alignment possibly affect?

Youve seen all my posts...cross toe is the addition of both sides. If you have 0.02 on one side, and cross toe of 0.00..then the OTHER side would (mathematical necessity) be NEGATIVE 0.02 (+0.02 + -0.02 = 0.00)

Really, not sure Id touch the alignment, those bozos could make it bad....
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Old 08-09-2014, 02:29 PM
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Thanks. I am worrying about the wear on the front tires. Right now maybe it results from the fact that they are almost done, but I had the uneven wear around 20k miles on the front tires.

Fresh photo of the front tire

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Old 08-09-2014, 02:41 PM
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well it IS uneven. I would have it checked but tell them "measure it, then lets discuss the numbers BEFORE you make any adjustments".

Toe on each wheel at 0.01 to 0.02, cross tow is just adding them. Camber in the middle of the BMW range.

Any shop will have the BMW published specs in the software for their system

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Old 08-09-2014, 02:43 PM
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I've never gotten more than 25k miles out of original tires on any BMW - ever. If that is a picture of a factory mounted tire that has traveled 49k miles, then I would not touch the alignment either. Like ard said, the shop might tweak it for the sake of the before and after shot and that may not result in improvements - possibly the opposite with most shops...
The center of the tread seems to be more worn and that could simply be due to tire pressure being on the high side.
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Thanks. Yes, these are factory mounted Michelins. I purchased the same model but non run flat.
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:27 PM
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We drive over 50% on gravel chip sealed secondary roads with all kinds of irregularities. 49k miles is a dream. I got 32k and thought that was special.

One comment- you will put on those brand new, fresh, supple and unworn tires and be ready to declare "far better than my runflats". Just keep in mind that almost ANY tire will be better than old tires with 49k miles.
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