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Old 01-11-2016, 05:27 PM   #1
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M3 Alignments:Firestone?

Can beat their lifetime alignment deal. Anyone use them for their M?
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Old 01-17-2016, 01:34 AM   #2
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I wouldn't trust them. I let them do a tire rotation on my truck once and was watching them. First they over torque the lug nuts by using a impact wrench then I saw them pop the dust caps off the wheels to check the bearings during the rotation but noticed them using the impact wrench on something on one side. Thought nothing of it at the time but two months later I had to replace the entire front spindle on the drivers side because of a burnt wheel bearing. My thoughts are because of a over torqued retention nut, the nut is only suppose to be torqued to 35ft lbs to set the bearings then backed out 1/2 turn an then retightened to only 17in lbs.
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:34 PM   #3
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Yeah, I guess its always in the skill of the mechanic. My alignment man has done my truck right and has excellent skills. I was more concerned with the racks they use. I'm not sure if the specialty boutique shops have anything more elite than the standard Hunter rack.

Thats good to know on the bolts. I didn't know they were that specific on those.
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Old 01-19-2016, 01:09 AM   #4
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Yeah, I guess its always in the skill of the mechanic. My alignment man has done my truck right and has excellent skills. I was more concerned with the racks they use. I'm not sure if the specialty boutique shops have anything more elite than the standard Hunter rack.

Thats good to know on the bolts. I didn't know they were that specific on those.
Mine is an older 98 F150 4x2 and it was the retention nut that held the front rotors/bearing assy to the spindle that they over tightened. I think Ford may have changed the front brake design so it's not as crucial on the torque but more difficult to change the front bearings.
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Mine is an older 98 F150 4x2 and it was the retention nut that held the front rotors/bearing assy to the spindle that they over tightened. I think Ford may have changed the front brake design so it's not as crucial on the torque but more difficult to change the front bearings.
Oh, so it wasn't your e46 but your truck. I wonder if the M3 does require some special torque sequencing like that, besides the usual tightening opposite rotating pattern.
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