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San

San 3/28/2019

2003 BMW 325i Base 6 Cyl 2.50L

Steering & Suspension

My tire shakes when I make a right turn or right curve, do I need to balance my wheels or an alignment

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Jimm

Jimm 3/28/2019

There are several possibilities; bent/warped wheel, worn suspension bushing, wheel out-of-balance (though this condition would be noticeable all the time), wheels out-of-alignment.

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Jimm

San 3/28/2019

Ok thanks Jimm. Can you tell me the difference between an wheel alignment and tires needing to be balanced?

Jimm

Jimm 3/28/2019

Certainly; a wheel balancing uses weights mounted to the rim, for static and dynamic balancing - on each individual wheel, front and rear.

A wheel alignment, on the other hand is a measurement and then a correction (as needed) for three (3) geometries; caster, camber, and toe - on the front steering wheels as a set.

Caster is the steering axis inclination - looking at the side of the wheel. Camber is the steering axis incination - looking at the front of the wheel.
Toe is the measure in degrees of parallel of the two tires, along the central axis of each, looking down from on top.

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Jimm

San 3/28/2019

Hey Jimm thanks. You helped me with a lot. Highly appreciated.

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