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    Need an alignment shop in Fairfield County, CT

    My y2k 323ci is pulling to the right so I would like to get it aligned but I don't want to go to the Stealer. Anyone know of a reliable shop in Fairfield County CT? Thanks.


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    who to align ?

    only a dealer has the needed tools and experience
    to adjust and reset your straight-ahead steering sensor,
    and will stand behind the work - good luck
    with a non-dealer on this one. It also involves
    adjusting rear as well as front if done properly.

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    What is there to align on the rear end?

    Not knowing much about AWD vehicles I can see where a rear wheel alignment might be necessary, but on a standard RWD car? Are you talking about camber? If so, are you saying that can be altered in some way after aligning the front end?

    I'm not aware of any rear wheel alignment that's ever been done on any of my cars.

    Curious.
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    align the rear end ?

    rear CAMBER and TOE is adjusted whenever a 4-wheel
    E46 3-Series alignment is done
    All 4 corners need to be square to the steering rack/column

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    c.d.iesel do you have a ballpark $ at dealer?


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    I'll second that big time! I had my rear

    245-40 17 inch tires with clean looking tread on the outer edges, but with tread worn down to the cord on the inner edges. Replaced the tires, had a four wheel alignment at my BMW dealer, and tires wear evenly from then on. Dealer said the rears were way out of alignment.

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    $129 at my dealer for 4 wheel alignment

    His prices run cheaper than most.

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    I'm not so sure some of that's not normal.

    BMW models I'm familiar with (caveat: as I mentioned already, I'm not familiar with AWD models), which includes my old E30 325i, an E36 M3, a 2001 M Coupe and my current ride (2004 ZHP) they all came with negative camber built it and as such, the inside tread on the rear tires wore more quickly.

    My understanding has always been that most if not all BMW's are setup this way, and if that's true, then it would be normal to see tire wear like you saw. And right or wrong, that's the general thoughts I've heard expressed and explained for at least 20 years now, by owners and techs alike.

    Is it possible that maybe most/some non-///M cars don't come with negative camber?

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    I know all you're saying is true, but not as

    drastic as I was experiencing. Tech who did my car said my alignment was way off.
    And new tires are wearing much more evenly.

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    One of the reasons I won't be buying another BMW

    BMW = fun cars, bad company

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    you should look for a Hunter computerized

    alignment rack and someone with specific bmw experience.The hunter machine tells it's operator exactly what (and how much)to adjust what weights to place and where. BMW's are aligned with various weights placed about the interior and it is a fairly complicated procedure. I don't like stealers but they absolutely do the best job. Should be a 129 to 150 all labor fee.Shop around.
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