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The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 12-09-2019, 01:40 PM
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Alignment question

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So recently I purchased a set of a brand new tires, had the shop install them, balance and perform an alignment on the car. While picking up the car, shop told me that I have a "defected" tires, because car is pulling to the side, when they test drove it. They tried flipping front tires and vehicle is pulling to another sire. On my way from shop > home, it was pulling to the left. Next morning I flipped front tires myself, started pulling to the right. So I went to local tire shop for inspection.

During the inspection shop didn't find anything wrong with tires(not sure how did they inspect those), but, they are saying that there is a bent on my front driver wheel.

My question is, can wheel bent cause vehicle pulling to the side? I didn't have any pulling to the side with my previous tires.

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Old 12-09-2019, 02:55 PM
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I don't know the answer to your question, but if you want to figure it out for yourself, swap tires on the wheels. Your previous test moved 2 components and the problem followed both. Separate them (tire vs wheel) and see which component the problem follows.
Tires are made in molds, so they are consistently sized. An undersized tire means it was an incomplete fill of rubber, so your treads won't be as deep. Have you looked at the sidewalls to be sure they are identical sizes?
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Old 12-09-2019, 08:34 PM
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A (at least 1) tire are defective. It's the one that is on the pulling side. A bent wheel will not cause a pull. What brand, size, etc. tires?
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Old 12-09-2019, 08:59 PM
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A (at least 1) tire are defective. It's the one that is on the pulling side. A bent wheel will not cause a pull. What brand, size, etc. tires?
Continental extreme contact. 245/40/19. The discount tire - who is their closest dealer, is very offensive, saying that I have to repair my bent wheel. I mean if wheel is bent, how the other shop was able to balance it? And why I wasn't experiencing any pulling/vibration before. Well, regardless, they are replacing that 1 tire, will see how it goes.
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Old 12-10-2019, 12:50 AM
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A conical tire (one sidewall taller than the other) will definitely cause pulling. I had that with some OE Dunlop's back in the early 1990's. It happens when the tire's on the front.
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Old 12-10-2019, 05:15 AM
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Could a bent wheel influence the orientation and subsequent functionality of the rotor causing the pull? Just a thought. Isolating the wheel / tire as mentioned above would be helpful.
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Old 12-10-2019, 07:30 AM
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Brake rotors are made of cast iron and probably will no more bend than warp.
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The symptoms described are the classic description of a broken belt in the tire's carcass. Had the same problem years ago when getting my Volvo 745 aligned at a very reputable shop. When I remarked that the car still pulled to right, I was told of a bad front tire even though the problem was not visible. Car tracked perfectly once affected tire was replaced. Ironically, it too was a Dunlop tire.
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