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      01-16-2013, 02:32 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I'm nearing almost 10k miles on my n20 F25.

As i went for service for my squiking noise on my roof, my SA recommended a
Wheel alignment for 189.00.
I was wondering if that is a fair price or im about to get screwed.

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Is there any unexpected tire wear or handling issue to suggest that you might need a wheel alignment? If not, then you already know the answer to your question, no matter what the price is.
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Is there any unexpected tire wear or handling issue to suggest that you might need a wheel alignment? If not, then you already know the answer to your question, no matter what the price is.
Visually, there is no unexpected wear, the tires still looks new to me.

In handling wise, i know for a fact that when you let go of the steering wheel, the car tends to go slightly left.
Typical to any cars.

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i thought all service was covered for the first 50k?
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i thought all service was covered for the first 50k?
Anything related to the tires and some parts of of the rims ( cosmetics ) falls under to wear and tear, therefore its sadly not covered.
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If you have 10k on your tires and never had them rotated. My suggestion is to rotate your tires. I rotate mine every 5k. This will probably take care of your pull to the left. A independent allignment shop cost me $89.
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If you have 10k on your tires and never had them rotated. My suggestion is to rotate your tires. I rotate mine every 5k. This will probably take care of your pull to the left. A independent allignment shop cost me $89.
Rotating would make alot of sense, but the manual said that they dont recommend rotating it, idk why.

I do have the M-Sport Pkg, 245/40/19 Front and 245/45/19 Rears.
I'm kinda not sure if it's a good idea to rotate tires that have a different aspect ratio/sidewalls.
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You can't rotate the staggered set. I had an alignment issue and they charged me the same (or really close) price. Seemed high to me, but they did a good job. Not sure if their equipment is any better than some other places, but it produced a report on the angle/adjustment of all the parameters of each wheel that allowed them to adjust everything back into the proper range.
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Visually, there is no unexpected wear, the tires still looks new to me.

In handling wise, i know for a fact that when you let go of the steering wheel, the car tends to go slightly left.
Typical to any cars.

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This is not "typical of any cars" - if you have this problem you should get it fixed because all cars are supposed to drive straight when you let go of the steering wheel.

And there's nothing magical about alignments that only dealers can do best, except that the shop needs to know what they are doing.
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This is not "typical of any cars" - if you have this problem you should get it fixed because all cars are supposed to drive straight when you let go of the steering wheel.

And there's nothing magical about alignments that only dealers can do best, except that the shop needs to know what they are doing.
It depends on the road and its crown. In the center lane it should track straight, whereas in the left or right lanes it might drift somewhat,... depending.
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You can't rotate the staggered set. I had an alignment issue and they charged me the same (or really close) price. Seemed high to me, but they did a good job. Not sure if their equipment is any better than some other places, but it produced a report on the angle/adjustment of all the parameters of each wheel that allowed them to adjust everything back into the proper range.
It's not staggered, both tires has the same width. It's just the height of the tires I'm concerned about

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Ah, gotcha, read the numbers too fast and thought they were the staggered ones. Rotating them doesn't strike me as such a good idea, for whatever that's worth!
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