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Old 12-31-2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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Specical equipment for alignment?

Done my alignment in an indy shop after I replaced some suspension parts.
the numbers were OK after it was done.
But I now feel the car wanders and I suspect it was the toe angle not right.
(When doing the alignment, I observed that everytime he done some adjustment and turned the steering wheel back and forth to calibrate the toe, the toe angle was different. I don't know why it cannot keep the good number.)


Then I drove to a firestone today, asking for an alignment check. then the guy there told me that some BMWs (including my E46) have special suspension, and require to add weight/pressure on the suspension when doing the alignment. they cannot do it at their shop. he told me either go to dealer or some shop which has the right equipment to do this...

I never heard of that.
So, could anyone with knowledge on this give some comments?
If that is right, then I think I'll go to the shop he recommended.(but far away from me, about 40 mins driving)
otherwise I'll just go a reputable shop nearby for the work.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:22 PM   #2
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Take your car back to your indy shop and explain to them what your experiencing, they will probably re-align it for free.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:24 PM   #3
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Take your car back to your indy shop and explain to them what your experiencing, they will probably re-align it for free.
it's about 40 minutes driving to there (one way), and I just don't trust them and don't want them to touch my car . ( driving back and forth, gas + toll is about $30, and it is not worth it)
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:29 PM   #4
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I got lucky I guess that a mechanic at "Tire Kingdom" knew about the weight adding. They did a great job. Give them a call. Cheaper than dealer.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:33 PM   #5
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If I recall, BMW wants a full tank of gas in the car and 150lbs in each front seat. I just sat in the car once with my oldest kid while the aligned it and it drove the same as it did every other time I align it. I just fill the tank now before an alignment.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:36 PM   #6
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I got lucky I guess that a mechanic at "Tire Kingdom" knew about the weight adding. They did a great job. Give them a call. Cheaper than dealer.
I think it's a "YMMV" situation.

btw, what's the weight adding mean. just put some weight in the car?
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it's about 40 minutes driving to there (one way), and I just don't trust them and don't want them to touch my car . ( driving back and forth, gas + toll is about $30, and it is not worth it)
Well then not sure how we can help you then.

It's just an alignment, not rocket science.
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