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      01-01-2014, 04:35 PM   #9
kenwelch
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Looking at your alignment readings you will note that the Right side front (problem location) has SAI numbers that are the same as the Left front. The problem is with the difference in the left to right Included Angle readings, the right side is less (13.4 degrees).

I found a great alignment diagnosis article by I-CAR:
http://www.i-car.com/pdf/advantage/o...008/020508.pdf

Using the article on page 6 under the MacPherson Strut Suspension your problem is SAI correct, Camber less, Included Angle less so the diagnosis is the Bent Knuckle (Spindle) and/or Strut.

BMW refers to the knuckle as the swivel bearing. To remove the swivel bearing the manual specifies several special tools for the replacement process.

If you study the chart on page 6 you will notice that strut tower (structure) damage would cause the SAI readings to be incorrect.

In the 1980’s I was an I-CAR Certified Instructor and taught Auto Body Repair classes. I am still an ASE certified Master Collision Repair Technician. The I-CAR training materials are industry recognized and very well done. You might find the article helpful in getting the problem solved and educating the technician to your problem.

Question: Was the wheel rim replaced during the accident repair?
There might also be run-out (bent rim)??

Last edited by kenwelch; 03-08-2014 at 11:57 AM. Reason: corrected link