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Old 06-07-2005, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello...question regarding my 2002 325Ci - a friend of mine following me today told me that my left rear tire seemed to be tilted more than the right. Are ones tires supposed to be tilted? Does this have anything to do with handling, performance? The car seems to drive fine except for a very slight pull.

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the rear tires should be exactly parallel to each other while the front tires should be parallel to each other. german vehicles usually make their suspension systems so that their rear tires are slightly curved inward from the top. this enhances their handling abilities (especially bmw). however, in your case, since one is more in than the other, you should get it realigned from the dealer. i believe no one does the alignment for bmw other than an authorized bmw dealer.
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almost there.

camber may be negative on the rear as well. toe in is almost never 0 in front, regardless.

alignment may fix your toe in, camber not adjustable on typical alignment rack. also, looks are deceiveing. empty car, full car, etc etc. i seriously doubt you can pick up 2 degs of difference by looking, but certainly the car will drive like crap.

alignement check always worthwile, but have them give you print outs before and after. it may be pulling for a different reason (tire pressure , caliper stuck )
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