BMW 328i Alignment Kit
A Guide to Diagnosing Trouble with Your BMW 328i Alignment Kit
Driving around with your alignment even slightly off has got to be one of the most inconvenient annoying experiences a driver can ever undergo. Combine that with the fact that you know you're driving about it a high-end luxury car that's not supposed to do that, and you'll realize that an alignment kit is a very, very important thing. It's simple enough in concept: the alignment kit allows you to offset the effects of misalignment without necessitating a complete overhaul of your suspension system. This is essentially an affordable, adjustable suspension solution that can readily get you out of that uncomfortable situation. Here are a few things you can use to determine whether your alignment kit is still up to par:
Worse alignment than before
Because of the nature of alignment kits, if they aren't working properly, the first thing that you'll notice is that your alignment problem is actually far worse than it used to be. That's because of the added pressure that the pneumatics place on your suspension system. So, if you install a kit that you've kept in your trunk for a long time, and things do not get better, there's a huge problem with the components of your alignment kit. The first step is obvious enough: take out the installed pneumatic strut immediately. Second, lubricate the strut and test the pressure. If you install it again, and still notice that things are bad, then take it out and just buy a new kit.
This is actually a very small symptom that simply points to a lack of lubrication of the strut that comes with the alignment kit. It is a difficult symptom to spot because rarely does the squeaking get heard over the din of the engine-plus it usually only manifests during turns or lane-changes. It's a minor problem but still, you're better off addressing it early on with an application of lubricant or oil along the shaft of the strut. Over time, you see, the continued exposure to friction can cause a breakdown.