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I drive a BMW 525ix. It recently started to pull to the left. Afetr a front end alignment the dealer rotated my front tires. Now it pulls to the right. They tell me I have a bad tire and that I shoould change the two front tire to stop the pulling. Can I simply rotate the tires to the back and not have to purchase new tires at this time?

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  • danig513 Jun 25, 2009

    Thanks skibum. I'll check it out in the morning and also have another shop look at it when I bring the car in for rotating. It really is annoying when the front tires pull they way they do. Maybe on the back it wont be so bad or be unnoticable. I also don't want to take any chances with a bad tire but would like to save a few bucks right now. Thanks for your help.

  • danig513 Jun 25, 2009

    Hey thank you polishgiant. I'm a bit worried myself. Heres the rest of the story and i think you may have hit the nail. I went in for inspection and the car failed because of a right front ball joint. There was too much play in it. The car went into the dealership to get the ball joint replaced. It may be called a tie rod connector or tie rod end. It was replaced on the front right. The car did have a slight pull to the left when I brought it in for repair of the tie rod. Given what you explain here i wonder if the bad tire had anything to do with the tie rod wearing out. When the tie rod was repaired they did a front end alignment. Their test drive showed the car was still pulling left. So they swapped the front tires and now it pulls right. I think here in the end I'll just have to bite the bullet and replace a few of the tires. I dont want it to come apart on me or be unsafe. The dealership wants 560. to replace the front tires. I may be able to find them a bit less expensive elsewhere. Thanks for your feedback and your concern. :)

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I'm worried for your safety here danig513, having tires that are unpredictable could be very dangerous, especially while cornering in wet conditions or on the highway. Also, with a 4wd car, you could be increasing wear on various drive line components such as your center differential. If money is an issue, an option would be to find a used tire shop. I would go for a cheap used tire or two instead of one that is obviously damaged. You don't want that ****** coming apart on you.

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Yes you may have a slight pull but shouldnt be noticable. just make sure the tire is not coming apart where it would be unsafe. run your hand over the tread and feel for bulges where the belts are coming apart or where the tread is seperating from the tire. these would be very noticable as usually they feel like a bubble 6 inches or longer and 2 inches or wider and raised about a half inch

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