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Old 08-24-2008, 09:21 PM   #1
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I have no idea what's wrong....can anyone help?

My passenger side front wheel is kicked out at the bottom. It leans in at the top. The wheel is not bent. I just replaced the strut Saturday because I was told that that was the only thing that could cause a wheel to sit like that. And while changing the strut, just at a glance everything looks intact. Nothing looks bent. Does anyone know what could cause your wheel to be leaning in at the top. The tire is wearing on the inside and I'm trying to prevent from buy a tire. The tires on there are brand new. Please help..... It's crazy! This is my first BMW so I know little to nothing about them. I hope you guys experience can help me.
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:05 PM   #2
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:32 PM   #3
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:49 AM   #4
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It's some negative camber, your wheel is probably out of alignment if your on stock springs. Go get an alignment and it should fix the problem.
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:38 AM   #5
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Well that's the problem. I went to get an alignment at firestone and they said that all my car could adjust was toe. They said they had no way to pull that wheel to make it sit back up straight. I'm not an expert at alignments. Is there a way to adjust the camber on the front wheel of my car? I have the sport package 330i, do you know that the camber settings are suppose to be set at?

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Old 08-25-2008, 03:22 PM   #6
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Your on stock suspension correct? If your on stock suspension, probably something is bent or a bushing maybe gone.
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:07 PM   #7
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Yes I'm on stock suspension. So is there a way on the stock suspension to adjust the camber? Because nothing is bent. I examined that when I replaced the strut.
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Old 08-26-2008, 06:33 PM   #8
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Does it take something special to adjust the camber on this car? I've heard of special tools and drilling holes and all types of stuff. Can someone that knows give me a quick break down and the truth about the alignment on this car?
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The big comprehensive thread on the subject of alignment is here - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=416660

Since the car is relatively new to you with an unknown maintenance history, I'd recommend taking it for a full 4 wheel alignment. The dealership will typically charge you an exorbitant amount, but at least you can be confident they know what they are looking at. You can also look in the regional forums and see if there is an independent people recommend. Getting it done right will likely cost you around $120 to $180, but when it come down to it, that's about what one decent tire costs. So if getting it done right can save you some tread life, it's a good trade.

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Old 08-26-2008, 11:06 PM   #10
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What causes a car to have too much negative camber? I'm on stock suspension, so is that adjustable?
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:11 PM   #11
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You can adjust the camber slightly on the stock suspension. Where the front shock towers mount to the plates there are holes where the studs stick out and you can adjust it a few degrees. If an alignment shop says you can't adjust the camber AT ALL then stay away. Truth is you can adjust it a little, and if your camber can't be corrected to within a certain spec (usually -2.5 to +2.5 they say) then something is broken or bent. You said you replaced the strut, I assume that means you got a shock/spring/plate combo. If you (or mechanic) transplanted anything make sure its not broken. This leaves you with only a few parts that can still be damaged (such as control arm bushings, subframe mounts/bushings, wheel bearings, etc..)
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:04 PM   #12
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Just wanted to tell you guys thank!! You were right. Had to take it to the stealership to get the alignment but it fixed my problem
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