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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 03-26-2013, 05:12 PM
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Question Steering wheel slightly right in park, 10 left while driving pulling right ....

Did I fudge something up ??/ I always had the slight right in my steering wheel while driving straight. Then I replace front control arms (not thrust arms) and front swaybar links. Then my wheel was straight...for a while anyway. The next week I did rear control arms, guide rods, integral linka, ball joints and swaybar links. Now slowly my steering wheel has developed a 10 turn to the left with a slight pull right in order to drive straight. When it's parked and I turn the steering wheel perfectly straight my wheels are just about straight...maybe a slight left to them, but barely. It just doesn't make sense....seems like there's more than one problem her... Anybody have any ideas ???
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:19 PM
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Yes. You need a four-wheel alignment after replacing all those parts. Make sure the shop knows how to load the car before the alignment.

Did you load the car before tightening all the fasteners?

Weights for Alignment from 2001 TIS

Front seats: 150 lbs in each
Rear seat: 150 in center
Trunk: 48 lbs center of floor
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:14 PM
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Yes, I weighted it down. After I did the front my alignment "seemed" fine...first time my SW was straight since I've had the car. Could the rear alignment affect my steering wheel that drastically ??? Not that I doubt I need an alignment, just wondering if that's gonna dx it....
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:13 PM
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rear suspension components and the alignment settings can alter the steering wheel position. It might not be as noticeable as the tie rods on the front. If the rear camber changes from the previous setting it could cause the steering wheel position to move while maintaining a straight course. The car will pull to the side with the less-negative camber. Rear toe can also affect it.
Get an alignment to prevent excessive tire wear.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:17 AM
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Ok a 4 wheel alignment it is !!! I do have a great, trusted indy here (even though I haven't been there since I found "the fest", so I'm sure they'll be,happy to see me,again !!!
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