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    E46 tracking adjustment am I being stupid?

    I had a 4 wheel alignment done about 2 years ago after I had the front bushes replaced.

    All sorted but after I had driven the car for a week I noticed that the steering wheel was ever so slightly on the piss. slightly off centre to the left - didn't get a chance to go back and after a few weeks they would have said you've probably gone over a pothole etc etc.

    I've since asked a couple of tyre places if they can just correct the steering wheel - nothing else but they all seem to be saying "you have to have 4 wheel tracking done again"

    Is this right or am I being mugged off?

    Got a road trip to Germany in 2 weeks time and the car will be ready all except this steering issue which is going to hack me off - any suggestions or even confirmation that the tyre places are right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrenny1969 View Post
    I had a 4 wheel alignment done about 2 years ago after I had the front bushes replaced.

    All sorted but after I had driven the car for a week I noticed that the steering wheel was ever so slightly on the piss. slightly off centre to the left - didn't get a chance to go back and after a few weeks they would have said you've probably gone over a pothole etc etc.

    I've since asked a couple of tyre places if they can just correct the steering wheel - nothing else but they all seem to be saying "you have to have 4 wheel tracking done again"

    Is this right or am I being mugged off?

    Got a road trip to Germany in 2 weeks time and the car will be ready all except this steering issue which is going to hack me off - any suggestions or even confirmation that the tyre places are right.

    cheers
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    You would be easier to take the steering wheel off and move it around a couple of splines.

    Should have been straightened by the garage doing the tracking!!

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    What Bratty said, be careful with the airbag though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bratty View Post
    You would be easier to take the steering wheel off and move it around a couple of splines.

    Should have been straightened by the garage doing the tracking!!
    Not sure if you're being serious, never do with you, but it sounds like a good idea. I am shit with spanners though so want to know whether a tyre place should just be able to adjust whatever they adjust and get the thing straight.

    I agree the original place should have done it very annoying that they didn't and I let it slip. Tyre wear has been even though so at least they did something right, the ceunts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stal1878 View Post
    What Bratty said, be careful with the airbag though.
    Lol was typing a response to him at which point I saw yours - so at least I know he wasn't joking.

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    They are right in saying that you can't move the wheel on the steering parts under the car without tracking it again.

    I'm not sure if they will move the steering wheel for you, might be put off by the airbag.

    I'd do it myself if you can, I'm sure there are guides for removing the steering wheel, just make sure you disconnect the battery for an hour or so before you remove the airbag or the light will come on.

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    Its REALLY easy to do yourself (and you can blame your own handywork if it still is not 100%)

    Disconnect battery at negative terminal.
    Behind the steering wheel are two holes push two screwdrivers in at rightangles to the steering column (needs a firm push)
    Remove airbag (should not need to electrically disconnect it but its easier if you do)
    Unscrew big nut in middle and move it to correct position

    http://www.bmwforums.info/bmw-3-seri...+wheel+removal

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    I've not done a BMW wheel, but you almost always need to give them a nice big tug to get them off the splines.

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    Mine came off without drama

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    I'm breaking out in an all over body sweat just thinking about that

    I not going to risk it - a mans gotta know his limitations - might just bite the bullet and get the 4 wheel alignment done again but probably not before my roadtrip - I know it's a cop out but I am a freakin disaster when it comes to mechanical things.

    I will live with it a while longer if I'm unlikey to be able to get a tyre shop to correct it.

    Big thanks for the advice though

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