Alignment/Tire Wear Issue Due to Worn Rear Lower Ball Joints on BMW 528i

The rear lower ball joints may wear causing alignment and tire wear issues as a result of the excessive play in these joints. Our technicians tell us a 4wheel alignment should be performed after ball joint replacement.

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Average mileage: 215,666 (171,000–245,000)
4 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 more
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1997 BMW 528i245,000
Rear ball joint bushing worn on left side
Inside tire has excessive wear, even down to the steel belts. I had a mechanic give me a 0 degree alignment which is not according to BMW specification.
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