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Old 02-07-2013, 03:52 PM
ae101jun ae101jun is offline
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Help with involntary steering

Here's what I have done with the car recently:

1.) Replaced Tie Rod and Tie Rod End Left and Right
2.) Replaced Front Lower Control Arm Bushings Left and Right
3.) Fitted new wheels and tires
4.) Had an alignment

Problem is if I release the steering wheel while running, it moves the car to the right... even after alignment was just done to specs...

I noticed then that my front right tire sits closer to the fender (or fender lights if that's an easier reference) than that of the left, here are some pics:

Front Left (Driver Side):



Front Right (Passenger Side):







could this be the culprit? What should be done? would replacing the whole lower control arms fix this? what could have caused this?

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Old 02-07-2013, 06:54 PM
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Measure the wheelbase from each side. From center of wheel in front to center of wheel in rear. Do this for both sides. Of course make sure the front wheels are straight.

You cannot base it off of sight reference.

I can say that the drivers side is sitting higher in those pics..... But the rear may not be sitting level either.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:24 PM
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bmw has the suspension set to level out when there's a driver in the front seat.

is the alignment being done with the correct weights in the trunk, back seat, and drivers seat?

what air pressure are you running? wider, lower profile tires will want to follow the crown of the road, typically pull to the right on a LHD car.
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