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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 2006, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Wheel alignment - HAVE to be done at BMW? My dealer says so...

Question for those more experienced in these matters...

I have noticed that my 05 MCS has a fair bit of wear on the outside of the passenger side front tyre.

I would guess the alignment is out somehow. So I phoned up my dealer (Knights in Newcastle under Lyme, staffs, UK) and asked if they could look at it. They said they could but if the alignment is out it will cost £250 to have it put right!

Now, I've had many a cheap and nasty car in my youth and having the wheels re-aligned was nowhere near that price. I asked if I could get the alignment done elsewhere and the service advisor told me not.

Question: Is this true? Can I get my Mini tracking/alignment done elsewhere? Or do I have to pay that price at the mini dealer?

Thanks in advance for anyone with info...
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You can get it done anywhere. I imagine £250 is for KDS wheel alignment (clever stuff with lasers and things), but I'd shop around if I were you.
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The 250 is for KDS

Just get a normal kwikfit (as long as they are a good one) to do it. Costs about £25...Getting mine sorted soon...just got to get the fitting rings in my Dares and then have them balanced too!
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OK, I take it there is no detriment to having a 'standard' alignment done? What's so good about the KDS thing? I don't want to skimp if it means my tyres are going to get messed up every few months.

Sorry if I'm being a bit newbie here
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Normal version of tracking is fine for sorting uneven tyre wear. The KDS things is a quite complicated 4 wheel alignment process (whereas to stop uneven wear on front tyres you just adjust the tracking) Its very handy if you have suspension work done that adjusts things and you want to ensure everything is tip top for a trackday....means that the fronts and backs all line up correct etc and gives optimum handling....not that them being a touch different makes a big deal of difference.
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Hi Richard,

That's great, thanks for that. Will get a standard one done and save myself a couple of hundred quid!
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I think he's tryin to charge you for KDS aligment http://www.hunter.com/PUB/product/OE...184T/5184T.pdf , ok if you wanna be fancy, or you could just go to your local kwik fit.
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In the USA , I found out that BMW will cover the alignment if there are less than 2000 miles on the car
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Hi,

Check out this thread

http://www.mini2.com/forum/wheels-ty...ighlight=wheel

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i had a major alignment probs when i fitted my 18'' chromes. i simply went to a tyre specialist which had it up on the ramp and did a laser alignment and one of the wheels was toeing in 3 degrees. they adjusted the fronts to come in line with the back. sorted it right out rides a treat now. bmw rip u off for everything. mine only cost £25.00!
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