Ok, so my car has been in and out of this shop that specializes in tires and brakes and stuff, they can do everything else as well. A local shop, run by a guy that my dad likes and trusts. I've taken it to this shop about 8 times. Tires got slashed 2 times, I needed tires 2 other times, M3 bushings install + alignment, and now to fix my AC for the 3rd time. (dealership wasn't a lot of help the first time)
I dont know what happend this last time, but my rear wishbone (right rear control arm) is REALLY bent hardcore. I'm talking about, some serious force went into bending this. It's like I was doing a power slide at 40 mph into a curb kind of bent The axle would take most of this force since itís parallel to what a side impact would be if I slid sideways into a curb, so this was definitely a force from underneath.
Apparently what was happening or what happend last trip, was that the guy that lifted up the car didn't know where to put the jack pads, so he put them somewhere where he thought would work fine, and that 'normally supports the car anyways'. Pic below, Red circle is where he put the pad, blue circle is where you are suppose to put it (in the front, there's another for the rear that the tire is blocking in the pic)
It's definately the rounded square jackpads.
It's clear that this does not look normal.
Bent the thing all the way up to the swaybar...
This must have been after one lift, last time it was in the shop was to put NEW rear tires on since the right rear tire was *EVENLY* bald, and now the fresh new tire I have on it has worn down 50% on the inside after 2 weeks of driving to work. The camber is $*&#$ed...
This just goes to show, Make sure your mechanic really DOES know what he's doing if you arn't using a certified dealer. I was just trying to save some bucks from avoiding the stealership.
BTW, Does anyone know the part number for one of these, I think this guy's really overcharging us in parts, 450$ for a condensor? Bavauto's most expensive one is 300$, and it's for the 5 series.
EDIT: nevermind, I called bavauto and they got it all for me. I love them