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1996 BMW 318i Question: Is 'wheel alignment' the same thing as "balancing the tires"?

 

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flucco, Budd Lake, NJ, December 09, 2013, 18:38
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My steering wheel shakes (whether moving or sitting at a stop signal). Probably from hitting too many potholes! It makes me nervous to drive highway speeds until I get it checked out.

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    pushrod December 09, 2013, 18:49
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    Not the same but you need both!

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    G. T. Service Center (4142 Answers) , Stephenville, TX - (254) 638-3236
    ProfessorG December 10, 2013, 05:52
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    You have more than an alignment and balance. The alignment has nothing to do with vibration, and balance has nothing to do with vibration while the car is sitting still. There is something else as well, causing the vibration while stopped. Alignment and balance needs to be checked as well, but there is another issue.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13242 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper December 10, 2013, 06:34
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    poss bad motor or trans mounts

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