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Old 05-13-2014, 10:11 AM
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How Often Do You Get Wheel Alignments?

My 2013 X3 has 15k miles on it and I am wondering if its time to get a wheel alignment. Of course the dealer will do whatever I ask and they haven't been real forthcoming on whether its a good idea or not.

So, I thought I would try to get some ideas from the community that actually owns and drives them...what are your opinions?

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Old 05-13-2014, 11:46 AM
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For me, if the car is going perfectly straight and the tires are all wearing evenly and no shaking from the steering wheel then I wouldn't get one. Which reminds me need to pick up a tire thread depth gauge. Everyone should have one of those along with a tire air pressure gauge.


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Old 05-14-2014, 05:37 AM
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Personally I'd get one. I didn't realize how out of alignment my X3 was until I had it checked when new tires were installed. It drives better after the alignment and the tires are wearing much better.
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:46 AM
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Had my 2006 X3 for 5 years and 50,000 miles. Didnt have an allignement once - drove strait and tires wore evenly through two sets. Now my 2011 X3 seems to have abnormal tire wear and sometimes (yes, sometimes) seems to pull to the right. It's been aligned once and didnt fix the problem. Still waiting to see it tire wear will be improved.
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Old 05-14-2014, 01:06 PM
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My 2013 X3 has 15k miles on it and I am wondering if its time to get a wheel alignment. Of course the dealer will do whatever I ask and they haven't been real forthcoming on whether its a good idea or not.

So, I thought I would try to get some ideas from the community that actually owns and drives them...what are your opinions?

Thanks,
ERK
Some tire shop will check your alignment for free, if it is off, then they will charge you.
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Old 05-14-2014, 01:39 PM
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Regarding wheel alignment, a simple method of checking if your tyres are wearing unevenly, i.e. misaligned, is to move your fingertips lightly back and forth across the tread area.
The tread should feel equally smooth in both directions. If the tread feels sharp in one direction then the wheels will almost certainly be out of alignment.
Sharp/rough going inwards mean excessive toe out while sharp/rough in the opposite direction indicates excessive toe in.
I know this will seem very crude but after 30 odd years in the tyre industry I can assure any doubters that this works.
Also moving your finger tips along the tread can also show possible issues with Castor / Camber but be aware that unusual wear in this plane can be a normal wear pattern, especially with 4wd vehicles, so if present it would be best to have an alignment check as a precaution.
I would always recommend a full laser alignment of all 4 wheels, whether 2 or 4wd, if you think you have any issues.
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For me, if the car is going perfectly straight and the tires are all wearing evenly and no shaking from the steering wheel then I wouldn't get one. Which reminds me need to pick up a tire thread depth gauge. Everyone should have one of those along with a tire air pressure gauge.


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This would be me.

Absent service history of alignment, I'd probably opt to get one if I just put new tires on a used car purchase.

But just replacing existing tires, on a car I was familiar with, no.


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