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Old 02-22-2013, 12:04 AM   #1
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can rear wheels be aligned?

Had pep boys tell me the rear can't be adjusted which made no sense. Can the rears be adjusted? Toe only or Chamber too?

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Old 02-22-2013, 12:33 AM   #2
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They're being lazy. Yes, the rear wheels can be aligned, toe and camber.

Rear camber is adjustable by an eccentric bolt, toe is adjusted by unbolting the rear trailing arm bracket and moving it to the correct position (L/R).

Take it to an indy BMW shop that knows what they're doing, not a generic shop like Pep Boys.
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They're being lazy. Yes, the rear wheels can be aligned, toe and camber.

Rear camber is adjustable by an eccentric bolt, toe is adjusted by unbolting the rear trailing arm bracket and moving it to the correct position (L/R).

Take it to an indy BMW shop that knows what they're doing, not a generic shop like Pep Boys.
Thanks that's what I thought, will have to find a reputable shop in my area.
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Thanks that's what I thought, will have to find a reputable shop in my area.
No problem. Rule of thumb for our cars is:

If it's a generic shop, stay away for most services except really simple stuff, like wheel balancing. They may be ASE certified, but they usually deal with Hondas, Toyotas, Hyundais, and Kias, so they know them best. If you handed them a 2006+ BMW, they'd probably tell you to take it somewhere else (or charge out the ass because "It's a BMW," and then do a sloppy job).

You might pay a couple bucks more for an indy BMW shop, maybe $10-20, but they're going to do be sure to do it right, especially if the shop has BMW master techs. I'd expect to pay anywhere between $80-120 for an alignment, depending on your area.
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Yeah a regular 4 wheel alignment for my old acura was $100. Only reason I considered the big chains is because of the unlimited alignments for 6-12 mo
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Also the outer tie Rods are a little lose and should probably be changed should I align or replace them first?
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Ideally you want to change them and then do an alignment, but if you can't afford it at the moment then just do an alignment and change them later. Though the thing is, once you change them you have to get an alignment.

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Yeah a regular 4 wheel alignment for my old acura was $100. Only reason I considered the big chains is because of the unlimited alignments for 6-12 mo
I definitely agree with you, it's a really attractive offer. But the problem is it's a crap shoot with big chains. If I had a Honda, I'd def. do it, but when it comes to our cars, we've got big, wide rims, and that makes the tires more expensive. I'd rather get an alignment every 1.5-2 years-ish and know they did it right rather than have to take it back over and over again, or deal with uneven tire wear. Usually you know someone screwed up your alignment when you see poor tire wear, and that's when it's pretty much too late, and it sucks having to drive with loud tires. One of my pet peeves.
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Yeah I know pain in the ass. Time to ask around for a reputable place. Thanks
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Also the outer tie Rods are a little lose and should probably be changed should I align or replace them first?

If they're loose, they need replacing. Replace inners and outers.
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