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      01-25-2017, 09:44 PM   #1
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Changing Tires and Wheels - Alignment Necessary?

So I hit a huge pothole driving to Pennsylvania and bent 2 of wheels slightly and 2 of them are also cracked. I decided to get 4 new wheels (same exact wheels) and also replace the tires while I'm at it since the front tires are shot and the backs are getting there.

Is an alignment necessary? Also would it be best to take to BMW and have them do the alignment. I don't have any good shops near me on Long Island.
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      01-25-2017, 09:51 PM   #2
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Wheels do not affect alignment, but given the severity of the potholes, it would be worth at least having the alignment checked.

Some places can check for free, like Sears auto center. But if end up you needing an alignment you might be better served at a place that handles BMW specifically.
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      01-26-2017, 02:52 PM   #3
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If your vehicle goes as straight as an arrow on an evenly paved road, then you're wheels likely are properly aligned, but for preventive maintenance it's a good idea to have your alignment checked annually, if possible, or such as after you have your tires rotated for those with non-staggered wheels. Due to time and various road conditions (i.e. pot holes, uneven pavement, construction zones, speed bumps, etc., etc.) driven on on the current set of tires, the alignment will tend to offset and therefore need to be reset. So depending on the degree or severity of road conditions, and the frequency driven on it, the alignment may need to be done more frequently even if you do not get a new set of tires, hence the annual checks.
As for new tires, they say you should certainly have it done to ensure the alignment is back to the original, new straight out-of-the-factory, OEM specs and so they don't immediately start to wear unevenly. But, that’s up to you.

Had the alignment done on mine after the first and second tire replacements.

Places like Sear Auto, may not be the best places for an alignment as they don’t specialize in BMWs as what djh2 mentioned. Either you go to a BMW dealer or an indy shop that services BMWs.
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      01-26-2017, 03:44 PM   #4
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I like BMW for alignments, you can find coupons. They seem to have a proprietary system and method. Just make sure they don't break your rear brake sensor wire when adjusting the toe.
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Thanks for the reply guys.

So my 2 options are...

Tint World - $60 per wheel (road force balance) and $139 for alignment if needed

BMW Dealer - $47 per wheel (not sure if road force) and $219 for alignment if needed.

Not sure how reputable Tint World is for alignments but I'm thinking BMW would probably be the way to go? By the way I have the factory warranty on the car still. There's no shot that any of this will be covered is there?
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Costco will install and road force balance your wheels for $60 total. If you have a membership that is by far the best deal.

Install the tires, see if the car behaves poorly then get an alignment. No need to spend money on something that's not broken.
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Costco will install and road force balance your wheels for $60 total. If you have a membership that is by far the best deal.

Install the tires, see if the car behaves poorly then get an alignment. No need to spend money on something that's not broken.
Hmmm I do have a membership to Costco. I'll have to look into this, I wonder if they'll swap over the tpms sensors.
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