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Old 10-06-2014, 08:44 PM   #1
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Are the results of this alignment acceptable?

Attached are the results of my recent alignment. It was performed by a local tire chain that has a good reputation. They did the alignment so fast.. in under 10 minutes.. and the car still pulls to the left.

The numbers are not equal for each side... The rear toe is .06* difference between the sides and the front is .03* difference. Rear camber is 0.5* different... Is this insignificant?

They also did not touch the top strut mount nuts. So is this alignment OK or a quick crappy job?
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Old 10-07-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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Not touching the top strut mount nuts is normal. You'll probably still see the alignment pin in place anyway. (See pic below)

I'm betting they didn't weight the car like they're supposed to. That will definitely make a difference, and the vast majority of generic tire shops don't know to do that. It's why alignments are best done at the dealership or a good indy shop that knows BMWs.

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Old 10-11-2014, 11:49 AM   #3
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Well you have a lot less caster than what is specified, I would suspect that has to do with worn out suspension compliance components.

Did they air up the tires such that all the tires are of equal value? what condition are the tires in?

My track car once an alignment done, always steers straight with the steering wheel dead center. it's important to me because your hands should be neutral at 9/3 when traveling down a straight, I don't want to have to my hands 1 degree off as you need to have a consistent muscle memory.

I always insist on 0 cross caster, 0 cross camber, 0 cross toe and 0 cross sai

even though the e46 only has front toe, rear toe and rear camber, those adjustable items should be adjusted to 0 cross values, not doing so is just lazy.
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