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Old 04-20-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Car goes to right even after alignment

Hey guys,

I have a bmw 325i that is lowered with Tien lowering springs.

I just did an alignment and my car drives much better but the car still will go to the right slowly... any idea?

Thanks
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:50 PM   #2
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Hey guys,

I have a bmw 325i that is lowered with Tien lowering springs.

I just did an alignment and my car drives much better but the car still will go to the right slowly... any idea?

Thanks

A slight pull to the right is considered "ok". Better to drift right than to drift left into oncoming traffic.
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:52 PM   #3
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Most pulls are from a belt shifted on the tires. Swap the tires left to right see if it pulls the other way
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:56 PM   #4
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Yep, could be the tires.. ill try that. I also get stupid vibration when I first start driving the car, then after its alittle better... the tires are not that old though but arent the best tires
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:04 PM   #5
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A slight pull to the right is considered "ok".
So, who is considering this OK ? Only you ?
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could be a warped rotor?
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First, make sure it really is a distinctive pull and not just because your roads are sloped down to the right for draining water from a rain.

If testing on a highway, make sure you try all three lanes.

Also, very minor tire pressure differences, again, at speed, will cause steering.

Use a good pressure gauge and be as accurate with it as you can be...and use door jamb pressures, not from the tire, not from a fanatic...unless it was me (and I always say 'start with door jamb pressure and then don't stray far from it in finding a balance you like').

JB pretends to be really knowledgeable so well that I'd give great deference to whatever he says. Wish I could say the same for everyone on fanatics!

Failing the basics taking care of things...I'm going to go with--bring back to alignment shop and tell them it's not quite right.
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First, make sure it really is a distinctive pull and not just because your roads are sloped down to the right for draining water from a rain.

If testing on a highway, make sure you try all three lanes.

Also, very minor tire pressure differences, again, at speed, will cause steering.

Use a good pressure gauge and be as accurate with it as you can be...and use door jamb pressures, not from the tire, not from a fanatic...unless it was me (and I always say 'start with door jamb pressure and then don't stray far from it in finding a balance you like').

JB pretends to be really knowledgeable so well that I'd give great deference to whatever he says. Wish I could say the same for everyone on fanatics!

Failing the basics taking care of things...I'm going to go with--bring back to alignment shop and tell them it's not quite right.
I pretend to be knowledgeable huh?????
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I pretend to be knowledgeable huh?????
I think I pretend much better than you, buddy!

OP, just learn to 'consider the source' before going out and taking anyone's advice around here.

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did you change any bushings during the install?
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