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Re: need Help please (archive)

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Posted by Brian P on December 28, 2000 at 18:47:24:

In Reply to: need Help please posted by Rich on December 28, 2000 at 18:31:00:

I have a 1988 750iL
May car was having diffculties in the steering. When driving on the freeway, the car likes to jerk back and forth (in the direction on the turn)when I curve the steering. This is scary to me. It's been a pain and a fear when driving it on the freeway.

My mechanic said that maybe I a frontal wheel aligment? I this true? Is it something else? Will repairs drive me to the poor house? Please Help...

How much should I expect to pay (CA) for a wheel alignment on one of these powerful complicated machines? What can I do so that I don't get ripped off by a mechanic when doing this repair? Please Help Thanks in advance....Rich

**The jerking is coming from the front** I happens when I turn the steering wheel at a 20+ degree angle. What can I do?? :(

Very interesting.
First of all let me advise that if you do get a wheel alignment ......... have it done by a definite specialist (not necessarily a tyre/ wheel place) that knows how to perform a correct 4 wheel alignment on a BMW 7 series including the weighted measurement which is to emulate passengers and various loads. A proper equiped BMW workshop should be able to do this. On these cars once the 4 wheel alignment has been done properly (with the weights in the car) you should not have to worry about it again until the alignment has been physically jolted out of place by an accident or some other extreme mishap. With normal driving this could be years. I am speaking from first hand experience here.

As for the 'jerking' going around corners, I can only say that recently I had a bad tyre that exhibited the same symptoms as you are describing (but at low speeds). It had a great big bubble on the inside where air had got between the belt and casing. Maybe your problem will be as easily / luckily rectified.
Brian P.

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