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Old 06-22-2013, 01:58 AM
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E90 wheel alignment

My car had an (angle) wheel alignment by tire shop (for $65) ... it drives better but still not perfect... the steering weight still feels a bit vague

Q1. Is there anything else needs adjustment

Q2. Do I have to take it to BM dealer for it

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Old 06-22-2013, 04:59 AM
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My car had an (angle) wheel alignment by tire shop (for $65) ... it drives better but still not perfect... the steering weight still feels a bit vague

Q1. Is there anything else needs adjustment

Q2. Do I have to take it to BM dealer for it

Alignment is:
  • Front & rear camber
  • Front & rear toe
  • Thrust angle

What're yours? You should have documentation after an alignment.

If wondering, castor isn't adjustable, your ride. If steering/handling not sharp enough, you really should have a look at suspension & differential mods, easily located in this forum and others.

Mileage?

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Old 06-22-2013, 08:47 AM
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Q2. Do I have to take it to BM dealer for it
No, but you need someone that will do it correctly. It should be under $150.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:27 AM
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Explain "vague":
  1. Does it wander excessively?
  2. Do you have to continually correct the wheel?
  3. Is the wheel off-center?
  4. Are there any vibrations?
  5. Does the wheel pull when braking?
  6. Did the alignment shop attach weights over the driver's seat area?
  7. Was your tank full and was there weight placed in the trunk?
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Old 06-22-2013, 04:08 PM
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Alignment is:
  • Front & rear camber
  • Front & rear toe
  • Thrust angle

What're yours? You should have documentation after an alignment.

If wondering, castor isn't adjustable, your ride. If steering/handling not sharp enough, you really should have a look at suspension & differential mods, easily located in this forum and others.

Mileage?

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38,000km
Watched when they did it ....they adjusted FRONT and rear camber only
Steering a bit vague on rough surface

Maybe tire pressure is too high perhaps

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Old 06-22-2013, 04:51 PM
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38,000km
Watched when they did it ....they adjusted drink and rear camber only
They adjusted what?

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Old 06-22-2013, 04:56 PM
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They adjusted what?

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sorry front and rear
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:15 PM
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I'd pay a bit more and have a shop that does a more thorough alignment. If they don't bring you Before and After numbers for your car, you have no way to know if they did the job correctly.

One thing that BMW does is weight the car in order to simulate the suspension compression that happens at speed due to downforce. I found the numbers online previously, and it seemed like it would be easy to pre-weight the car before you bring it in for alignment. Tubs of cat litter are fairly cheap, and are sold by the pound. So they make useful weights.

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Old 06-22-2013, 05:19 PM
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38,000km
Watched when they did it ....they adjusted FRONT and rear camber only
Steering a bit vague on rough surface

Maybe tire pressure is too high perhaps

Changing camber often changes toe; can change thrust angle. Better get it done right....sounds like toe's out.

Or, you have stock rear subframe bushings and no limited slip differential, sure fire slop over bumps.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:46 PM
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Ok will book next to have it done Properly

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I dont get these threads, hit your local dealer and for ~$150 you'll have it done right (or at least have a much greater chance of it being done right ).
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:44 PM
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I dont get these threads, hit your local dealer and for ~$150 you'll have it done right (or at least have a much greater chance of it being done right ).
I wish my dealer charged that little. Double that amount and you'll be in the ballpark.

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Old 06-28-2013, 04:57 PM
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Got the wheel alignment done by Bridgestones Tire Centre

The first titre shop (Kmart tire) who did my car they got it all wrong

Damn

Now it drives much better

Here is the report before (Primary) and After (secondary)

I want a refund from KMart


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How much did it cost from Bridgestones Tire Centre?
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Oh man ... we were wondering where Kmart went ...... don't let then or Wal-Mart touch your Bimmer .....
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:18 PM
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How much did it cost from Bridgestones Tire Centre?
$70

the machine they used in impressive

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