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Old 09-15-2005, 10:53 PM   #1
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car pulling to both sides...



I do need an alignment, however I think this is suspension/bushing/balljoint related since it doesn't pull to just one side.

My car sometimes likes to pull to the left, sometimes to the right... she follows the grooves in the road.

I had my balljoints replaced earlier today, it helped quite a bit.. but not completely. She's still pulling. I'll be replacing my tie rods tomorrow.

I replaced my (very worn & dead) end links a few weeks back as well... it helped a bit.

Any ideas on what to check next?

btw.. I'm running on Yokohama ES100 225/40/18 up front.
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Old 09-15-2005, 11:04 PM   #2
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Sounds like your car is tramlining. Mine has always done it, it's a normal thing with 225's or wider from what I know.
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Old 09-15-2005, 11:14 PM   #3
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Worn rear trailing arms bushings will cause wander as well.
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Old 09-16-2005, 12:01 AM   #4
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Have you checked the toe-in? That's probably your problem.

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Old 09-16-2005, 12:53 AM   #5
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I have the same brand of tires and they do tramline just like you described.
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Old 09-16-2005, 01:08 AM   #6
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Get it on a hoist and check it out man.
Thats the only way to tell.

Usually when you take ur car for an alignment they should check the suspension for you. There is no point in doing an alignment if something is gonna need replacing
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Old 09-16-2005, 01:37 AM   #7
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ive have that from time to time too but i thought it was semi normal and my Mechanics teacher didnt see anything wrong, but maybe urs is different
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Old 09-16-2005, 01:46 AM   #8
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all i know is ever since I switched to the staggered M3 rim setup, my car has done exactly as you describe. It kinda sways from side to side if there are ruts in the road.
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Old 09-16-2005, 08:47 AM   #9
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all i know is ever since I switched to the staggered M3 rim setup, my car has done exactly as you describe. It kinda sways from side to side if there are ruts in the road.
Mine did that last year. This year all 4 tires are the same size and the problem stopped.
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Old 09-18-2005, 10:24 PM   #10
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Tire pressure?

My 540 started doing it (a little), after rotating the tires. I understand that rotating the tires is not recommended anyway.
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Old 09-18-2005, 10:26 PM   #11
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all i know is ever since I switched to the staggered M3 rim setup, my car has done exactly as you describe. It kinda sways from side to side if there are ruts in the road.
same here.. after i got my 18s staggered...
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Old 09-19-2005, 12:08 AM   #12
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Tire pressure?

My 540 started doing it (a little), after rotating the tires. I understand that rotating the tires is not recommended anyway.
lol, what are you crazy? unless your rims are staggered when you should rotate the tires, rotate ur damn tires. it only helps your tires perform equally on all sides, and improve long term durability.
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Old 09-19-2005, 01:20 AM   #13
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you should rotate the tires, rotate ur damn tires. it only helps your tires perform equally on all sides, and improve long term durability.
In an e30 manual it says not to rotate your tires, im pretty sure it says so in e36s also. With a staggered set-up its a given you dont rotate them.
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Old 09-19-2005, 11:24 AM   #14
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E46 lover ....yeah ..the mechanic in me agrees, but as T dot points out, BMW recommends against it. I am going to be changing out my front ball joints (lower control arm) and rear ball joints, which are all starting to wear. If it doesn't help, I'll prolly un rotate the tires.
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Old 09-19-2005, 04:26 PM   #15
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interesting..... I'm running staggered 18's as well and have noticed it ever since. doesn't make driving as enjoyable when you're fighting with your car to go straight everytime you hit a dip in the road. Can't be healthy for the tires trying to drag themselves around. hmm...

I'm going to replace my tierods later on today or tomorrow and will see if that helps any.. I know they need replacing, getting a little more wear on the inside of my tires.

What staggered setup were you guys running?

I'm at 225/40/18 on the front and 255/35/18 rear.
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