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Hi everyone...

Just a quick couple of questions really. I have a 2004 BMW Z4 (Auto), and have noticed that the rear tyres may need re-aligning. There is significant wear on the nearside of the tyres, but the outer (farside) is fine.

Can anyone recommend anywhere in London (or at least closeby), to get laser tracking done, that does a good job, for a decent price?

Also, are there any questions, or things I should be looking out for... when I get it done?



Thanks everyone... I know this is my first post, and it's cheeky asking for help straight off, lol... but I have browsed this forum before and it's usually great for help like this! :thumbsup
 

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hi,
chances are it does need alignment but i'd be sure first really, because if you have your car wheels aligned, and that doesnt cure your problem, then you find you a have a worn suspension component, you may have to have it aligned again if it is a particular suspension component that needs replacing.

Have the tyres worn quickly??

Driving style may affect the wear too on tyres, driving fast in corners regularly, soon wear tyres.

As for a recommended garage in your area, i cant really help with that, but i'm sure somebody will. Though i will say id recommend taking it to an independant bmw specialist for a thorough examination.:thumbsup
 
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Driving style may affect the wear too on tyres, driving fast in corners regularly, soon wear tyres.
I agree with that statement...all the rear worn tyres I have been through, have had the nearside's outer edge of the tread wear out more quickly due to my style of cornering :silly
 

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Thanks guys, yeah I guess I need to take it to a proper independent specialist, so they can check out the components of the suspension too, along with the tracking/alignment.

I first thought it was the tracking because at higher speeds (above 50mph), I notice that the car actually veers slightly from left to right, then back from right to left.. It was then that I felt along the rear tyres and noticed how thin the tread is on the nearside. So... I assume it is the tracking, but does anyone know another possible reason for the car actually veering off centre??

Also, any recommendations for a good (but reasonably priced) independent BMW specialist are much appreciated.

I don't think my driving style can be attributed to the wear either, by the way, lol... I wish it could, but I live in London and hardly get the chance to drive it like I'd like to.. unfortunately!

Thanks for the replies, much appreciated.
 

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well, ive had a look for you,

There is techno sport bmw specialist, they work on a £70.00 per hour labour rate. They will inspect you vehicle and quote you before undertaking work.
They are based near brent cross station (NW2 1LX).

AMW independent specialists, based near peckham, SE15 1DR. cant find any information on these as they dont appear to have a website, but you can probably say they all work on similar rates,

AMC independents, on garrett land next to wimbledon stadium and st georges hospital, SW17 0NP.

BMERC indepentents - New Barnet, Herts EN5 5DA.

Boxer motor works ltd, ashford, tw15 1ax.

There are probably others, and i cant specifically recommend any of the above, but it may be worth getting a diagnostics done at least, then you'd be able to get a quote, and shop around for the best price.:thumbsup
 
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Hi James,
As a Z4 owner who has had to deal with a few of these problems, I hope I may be able to add to the above.

When I bought the car last summer, I was a little unnerved to find how the car 'wondered' around the road at the slightest hint of a rut, groove, white line, stone, stick etc. I took it to my local main dealer to investigate, but they couldn't find anything wrong. Not happy with that, I took it to an indy' (details below), who instantly found a broken rear spring, soft front suspension bushes and a number of other things. The front bushes were replaced within 30 mins with polyurethane alternatives which transformed the drive!

I would recommend taking your car for a check over to: -
Grosvenor Motor Co. Ltd
113a Kidmore Road
Caversham
Reading
RG4 7NH Tel: 01189 473085

I drove 120 miles each way to use them as they are a small group of BMW fanatics (about 10 employees, 9 drive BMWs).

Whilst there, I had a full plug-in diagnostic, programming updates for engine and gearbox and loads of useful help & tips; well worth a couple of trips!

They also had the 4 wheel alignment done (but I don't think they do that themselves). Try also www.alignmycar.co.uk for a local laser centre.

Hope this is useful,

Tone:thumbsup
 
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I too would be looking at the rear springs as they are the same as e46 ones and these are common for breaking, when they do it puts the suspension alignment out(the rear wheels sit in at the top) causing wear on the inner edges of the tyres
 

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Not sure if your dealer do special rate our 4 wheel alignment is £99. Your tyres are correct pressure i done a car last week tyre were badly worn on inner edges and came in for KDS. checked tyres all had in 0.5bar pressure, as they are runflats looked pumped up just knocked it for 4 tyres.
 

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Hey, thanks so much Mighty5 and stolfordtone!

That's really great help and means I can ring 2 or 3 different places to get opinions and decide where I'll take it.

stolfordtone... is the place in Reading well priced? Are we talking less than £500 for the work you had done?

Thanks again guys.
 

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Hey, thanks so much Mighty5 and stolfordtone!

That's really great help and means I can ring 2 or 3 different places to get opinions and decide where I'll take it.

stolfordtone... is the place in Reading well priced? Are we talking less than £500 for the work you had done?

Thanks again guys.
Hi James,
Some of the work I had done at Reading was done under warranty, but they seem very competitive, eg. Lower arm bushes (upgrade) about £120 fitted; Diagnostic check & programming £65; rear springs cost about £75 but these were fitted free. I didn't pay for engine/gearbox update so not sure of cost, but I don't think it was that much (this was a software update, NOT an upgrade; that would cost about £350).
Oh, and finally, have a chat with Pete (the owner) whilst there - you can pick his brains for nothing!
And, if you leave your car there, you can drive away a BMW as a courtesy!
Cheers, Tone:)
 
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