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So as per another post, im having issues with the tracking on my 135i x drive. It went in and the dealer did the 4 wheel alignment but its cured nothing.

They said it was out but has been corrected, yet it still pulls massively to the left and i need to hold the wheel in place on m ways.

Is this common?

Could it be something else?

Im having all new pirelli tyres fitted friday and tracking re-done then as at the minute it has a mis match of michelin and bridgestone.
 

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The only issues i've had with tracking in the past on my M240 were caused by:

1. The calibration of the fitters alignment device was wrong (I know).
2. They don't know what option to select for the car. I.e. Selecting 135i (non-x drive).
3. They don't lock the wheel in the correct position when carrying out the alignment. When you see them reach in from outside whilst a car is on the ramp to get the wheel straight it isn't always straight.
4. They accept tolerances on measures such as "Steer ahead" and "Thrust angle" which are really important measures, you ideally want them to be 0.

By chance, is the car not using stock wheels/offset or has spacers?.
 

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The only issues i've had with tracking in the past on my M240 were caused by:

1. The calibration of the fitters alignment device was wrong (I know).
2. They don't know what option to select for the car. I.e. Selecting 135i (non-x drive).
3. They don't lock the wheel in the correct position when carrying out the alignment. When you see them reach in from outside whilst a car is on the ramp to get the wheel straight it isn't always straight.
4. They accept tolerances on measures such as "Steer ahead" and "Thrust angle" which are really important measures, you ideally want them to be 0.

By chance, is the car not using stock wheels/offset or has spacers?.
stock wheels and no spacers. you'd think they know its x drive due to the big badge on the back .....
 

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stock wheels and no spacers. you'd think they know its x drive due to the big badge on the back .....
You'd be surprised how many places get it wrong. Do you have the printout from the tracking machine?.

Ironically the place near me with the best kit is actually Kwik Fit. Not sure of the systems name but it's all overhead camera and laser based. The only times i've ever had tracking issues were from places doing them on low level ramps with the alignment guides that attach to your wheels.

Somewhere like Kwik Fit should check them for free, I know they get a bad rep but their systems top notch.

Alternatively if there's any specialists local to you that are well rated for alignment it's worth giving them a shot, it may cost £100 but it's definitely worth it.
 

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Update -

took the car in today and took 2 technicians out for a road test. they said it showed green on all corners when they did it last but were more than happy to look again. I went from 30-50 on an A road and it pulled a lot immediately to the left. Did it 2 more times to show them and shoed me holding the wheel slightly right at all times. They both said yes we can see so will have another look.

They did mention that if the original dealer has their tolerances set to X for example and shows green on the system, then they could have a moan or refuse to pay if they set it outside of green but it actually corrects the pull.

Any thoughts on this ?
 

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Update -

took the car in today and took 2 technicians out for a road test. they said it showed green on all corners when they did it last but were more than happy to look again. I went from 30-50 on an A road and it pulled a lot immediately to the left. Did it 2 more times to show them and shoed me holding the wheel slightly right at all times. They both said yes we can see so will have another look.

They did mention that if the original dealer has their tolerances set to X for example and shows green on the system, then they could have a moan or refuse to pay if they set it outside of green but it actually corrects the pull.

Any thoughts on this ?
I'd have said if it's that bad the pull and they've supposedly got it into their tolerances they're using the wrong target values.

If there's any alignment specialists near you i'd suggest getting them to check it. Checks are usually free then they just charge for the adjustments. I've never used a main dealer for tracking before but a decent tracking they should always road test the car afterwards before sending you away.
 
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