Alignment question

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Old 07-17-05, 01:25 AM
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Alignment question

I had to take my BMW 330xi (AWD car) in for an alignment and while they were able to correct most of the problems, there were three areas which they couldn't quite get to meet the "specified range" for the car. I have no idea what these numbers mean, but they are below. My question is - should I be concerned, or trust the guy at the place who said that it is fine? Thanks for any feedback!

Camber Front Right is -1.2 degrees (specified range should be -.7 degrees to 0 degrees)

Camber Front Left is -.9 degrees (specified range should be -.7 degrees to 0 degrees)

Rear Left is -1.2 degrees (specified range should be -1.8 degrees to -1.3 degrees)
 
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Old 07-17-05, 11:53 AM
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If the car isn't pulling, I wouldn't worry about it. Although I'm not familiar with that vehicle, as a general rule the front camber split should be opposite of what you have - .3-.5 higher on the left to compensate for road crown. It's not that far out of specs- just keep an eye out for outer edge wear on the RF. Keep the tires rotated every 4-6k miles.
 
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Old 07-17-05, 12:14 PM
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Where did you take it for an alignment?
They should be able to align it to the factory settings
I know it's not far off, but still...
 
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Old 07-17-05, 03:57 PM
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I went to Big O tires - a chain, but not nationwide (I think just the west half of the country).

This all started when I hit a nasty pothole in the mountains and blew out a tire - leading to the replacement of all four tires due to it being an AWD car. This was news to me - expensive news. I thought I could get away with buying one new tire and using it with the full size spare on one axle, and using the older tire as a spare, but tire stores said otherwise, and a call to BMW confirmed it.

So, now I am a bit concerned as to the alignment - I don't want to ruin a new set of expensive tires due to a poor alignment - should I have gone to BMW? I actually was heading out on a long trip and didn't want to wait for an appointment.
 
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Old 07-17-05, 05:21 PM
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If the readings you posted are correct, there is nothing far enough out to cause excessive tire wear in a short period. They also indicate that you likely suffered no major frame/suspension/steering component damage. It probably would be a good idea to get it to the dealer or a European specialist. There are lots of cars out there that require aftermarket parts and/or modifications to gain alignment adjustment.
 
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Old 07-17-05, 05:39 PM
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Yeah it's not that far out, but I wonder why the tech couldn't get it to factory specs

I'd think about getting to a dealer or specialist at some point to check up on it

There are caster/camber plates available for this vehicle, it's just that they are usually used by racers to align the vehicle outside of factory specs, not by people trying to get their BMW to factory specs
 
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Old 07-18-05, 01:54 PM
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Thanks for all the feedback - I will probably drop by the dealer to have it checked out.
 
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