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Old 11-12-2012, 12:03 PM   #441
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such a waste of time and money!!! I actually woke up early just so I can beat the dallas congested traffic so I can make my 8am appointment with them. I live like 30 miles away but left the house at 6:45am

anyhow...here is what they wrote on my sheet afte their alignment

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Left -1
Right -7/8

Toe
1/16" for both

I don't have any experience or knowledge with alignments and alignment specs so I need to research and educate myself so I dont get exploited next time. I am just too trusting (or naive)
Your camber is fine. Additional negative camber will tilt the top of the wheels inwards and give you additional grip (larger tire contact patch) under hard cornering. There's no stock camber adjustment up front so your camber will be affected (or changed) by ride height alone. Ideal camber is roughly -2 to -2.5 degrees. -1 sounds about right for a stock setup (or even slightly lowered).

There's pins in the strut bearings that can be knocked out (see the little circular hole in your strut tower between strut bolts?) so you can slide the strut inwards. You'll need to do this before your alignment though because it may affect toe (your individual wheels left/right adjustment via the tie-rods)
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:02 PM   #442
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Thanks for the info. I just downloaded the BMW alignment specs.

Anyhow...the husband just called me and say that he is at the dyno shop. Can't wait to see the results

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Old 11-12-2012, 01:04 PM   #443
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At the alignment shop and next stop is the dyno shop.

The tech took my car out for a test drive (alignment) and no one even explain the process to me or told me anything about a test drive.

I hate it when men assume that I don't know anything about cars.

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Nobody ever explained anything to me...
It's an alignment, what do you need to know other than the numbers in the report?
Or are you saying they didn't give you a report?

Edit: just saw your other post.
Your mistake was to take it to an old shop.
The standards for alignments nowadays have raised so high that a written report isn't acceptable.
If they're not using lasers and computers, don't do it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:45 PM   #444
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:51 PM   #445
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:07 PM   #446
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Data file being uploaded to our usb drive now. Will post data file when we get back to okc.

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Old 11-12-2012, 02:16 PM   #447
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Data file being uploaded to our usb drive now. Will post data file when we get back to okc.

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I always get confused. Is your car manual or auto?
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:33 PM   #448
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It is hard to put on makeup and drive with a manual.

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Old 11-12-2012, 02:36 PM   #449
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199/197 is very respectable for an auto

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Old 11-12-2012, 02:39 PM   #450
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Yeah that is actually pretty good for an auto.. You did well. i'll have to make this woman a uniform. hope you have big biceps cause you're earning lots of patches!!

In for video of you driving around with limoncello meowing in the passenger seat
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:54 PM   #451
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It is hard to put on makeup and drive with a manual.
I bought a manual to insure that I never wear makeup

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Old 11-12-2012, 02:56 PM   #452
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I bought a manual to insure that I never wear makeup
ensure*

And, Flash, I was looking at your rear wheel bearing job. Just wanted to make sure you snugged it down tight cause it looks like the axle nut isn't as deep as it needs to be bit maybe the 323 is different?? I'm sure you're careful and did it correctly but just wanted to make sure for safety's sake.

My axle nut before and after my rear bearing job was flush (maybe a tiny bit past the axle end).
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:10 PM   #453
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Not wrong
2nd definition

2 (insure someone against) secure or protect someone against (a possible contingency): such changes could insure against further violence and unrest.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:29 PM   #454
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2 (insure someone against) secure or protect someone against (a possible contingency): such changes could insure against further violence and unrest.
it's wrong. you're using the wrong word. you pulled the most obscure definition of "insure" to try and match your intended meaning. i see people make this mistake all the time. no biggy

enĚsure
Verb:
Make certain that (something) shall occur or be the case.
Make certain of obtaining or providing (something).


inĚsure
Verb:
Arrange for compensation in the event of damage to or loss of (property), or injury to or the death of (someone), in exchange for...: "the car is insured for loss or damage"
Provide insurance coverage.
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it's wrong. you're using the wrong word. you pulled the most obscure definition of "insure" to try and match your intended meaning. i see people make this mistake all the time. no biggy

I see you're not much for book learn'n!

Won't take second definition in the dictionary!
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I see you're not much for book learn'n!

Won't take second definition in the dictionary!
I see it all the time.

Wear your seatbelt to ensure your safety.

Assure is something you do to a person, a group of people, or an animal to remove doubt or anxiety, as in Squiggly assured Aardvark that he'd come to the party early. You can remember that assure can only be used with things that are alive (and both assure and alive start with a). Only things that are alive can feel doubt or anxiety, so only they can be assured.

Ensure is something you do to guarantee an event or condition, as in To ensure there'd be enough food, Aardvark ordered twice as much food as last year. You can remember that guarantee has those two e's on the end to help you remember that to ensure (with an e) is to guarantee something.

Insure can be done to a person, place, or thing, but it's reserved for limiting financial liability, most commonly by obtaining an insurance policy, as in Aardvark wondered if the caterers were insured against loss. You can remember that we take out insurance to protect our income if we become unemployed, disabled, or injured in an accident. Both insure and income begin with -in.

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Oh, you're right too!

Could have used ensure and still been correct.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:11 PM   #458
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Oh, you're right too!

Could have used ensure and still been correct.
Insure is reserved for financial-related contexts. Technically ensure is proper and correct. Insure might be ok in your context in more of an informal/slang kind of way. but it's not right.

Poor Flash. she's going to beat us up when she gets back.
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You vs. the dictionary

Which choice do I make. hmmmm.............
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:37 PM   #460
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Which choice do I make. hmmmm.............
You lost. give it up. I correct people all the time on insure/assure/ensure. your usage is plain wrong.
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