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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 09-22-2012, 10:29 AM
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97 328i: Front tire inner side wear - ridiculous!

Hello again folks, hope all is well.

I had noticed that my front tires were worn down to the innards (literally) on the inside. I put new tires (on the rear side) and moved the old rears to the front, and now I am noticing some inside wear on these as well. Further, even though the car holds the road pretty straight, every now and again, when over a bump, I'll feel like she moves to one side (not sure which).

What could be the problem? I last did a full alignment in January after fixing the RTABS for a $ 650 @ BlackForest Motors in Indianapolis! That guy did mention that there was some wear on the tie-rods (inner+outer). Could this cause such wear?

So I purchased the entire tie rod assembly for both sides from Pelican and will have a local fellow do it (has done them before) for $ 220 including alignment.

Big question is - could there be something else that I might need to fix before I do another alignment? Control arm bushings plus ball joints?

Apart from this is there anything else that might be causing tire (inner) wear? I can't afford to do all things at once, but I'll be looking at the swaybar brackets/bushings next.

How much would a decent indie mechanic charge for doing:
Tie rods, inner+outer (I have them, so only labor)
Control arm bushings + outer ball joints
Sway bar brackets + bushings?

Any thoughts/advice? Thanks a lot.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:47 AM
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:20 PM
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^ Yes, I'll get a new alignment done and fix the toe-in (after I do the tie rods) but should I be looking at anything apart from tie rod + alignment?

Just noticed on the driver's side - the bracket mount for the sway bar is shot - quite rotten. I noticed that you can get a replacement from ECS tuning
http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Fron...68160/ES68160/

Problem is - who will do a job like this for a reasonable price? probly needs some welding too.
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