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Expensive tyre valve

Decided to check my tyre pressures this morning, as I often do. Rear drivers side first, checked and fine, took off foot pump and the the valve was not sealing, air leaking as if the valve was not there. Tried again same thing, managed to pull needle valve up with a small screwdriver but still not seating, leaking less but still leaking.

Off I go to my usual tyre depot, and they sort it for me free of charge, put new innards in the valve.

Then the chap asks me if I have had the tracking checked lately as the camber of the front wheels looks as if it is out, it was checked when they last fitted the front tyres not that long ago, says I.

I then remember going down an enormous pot hole fairly recently and suggest this may be the reason for it. I ask them to check the alignment for me. This they do and sure enough the fronts are both out. I ask them to correct it for me.

Five minutes later the guy comes back with the news that there is no adjustment without buying special bolts from Mercedes. So to cut a long story short, parts from Mercedes £60, cost of labour and the re-alignment a total of £230! Hence my thread title expensive tyre valve.
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Decided to check my tyre pressures this morning, as I often do. Rear drivers side first, checked and fine, took off foot pump and the the valve was not sealing, air leaking as if the valve was not there. Tried again same thing, managed to pull needle valve up with a small screwdriver but still not seating, leaking less but still leaking.

Off I go to my usual tyre depot, and they sort it for me free of charge, put new innards in the valve.

Then the chap asks me if I have had the tracking checked lately as the camber of the front wheels looks as if it is out, it was checked when they last fitted the front tyres not that long ago, says I.

I then remember going down an enormous pot hole fairly recently and suggest this may be the reason for it. I ask them to check the alignment for me. This they do and sure enough the fronts are both out. I ask them to correct it for me.

Five minutes later the guy comes back with the news that there is no adjustment without buying special bolts from Mercedes. So to cut a long story short, parts from Mercedes £60, cost of labour and the re-alignment a total of £230! Hence my thread title expensive tyre valve.
Special bolts to do what for car ?
Wishbone damage ?
Bent tie bar ?
And £230 is that for a service also ?
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That sounds a bit fishy to me..
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Jules, did they give you a printout?


I remember a local MB dealer quoting £1000 for laser alignment!
Only ever use them for parts now.


I found a tyre specialist that does this for £40-50.
£950 mark up for using MB.


Quality costs.


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love what you've done to your wheels, car looks very nice
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...Five minutes later the guy comes back with the news that there is no adjustment without buying special bolts from Mercedes...
Sounds like caster bolts. I needed them several years ago when my SL500's front wheels would not fully align. I feel your pain.
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£230 this is for the cost of the bolts from Mercedes that are needed to be able to adjust the camber angle, the cost of the labour to fit the bolts and the cost of the alignment inc VAT. Job not done yet awaiting the parts.

I did ring my local MB dealer to check the cost of the parts and the £60 ish is correct. The bolts alone are £13 each X4 without washers or nuts.
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Sounds like caster bolts. I needed them several years ago when my SL500's front wheels would not fully align. I feel your pain.
That could be it Caster not Camber.


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That could be it Caster not Camber.
That makes more sense.. must have been one hell of a pot hole! Not that I want you to have another big bill, but have they checked the wheels to make sure there's no cracking/buckling
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That makes more sense.. must have been one hell of a pot hole! Not that I want you to have another big bill, but have they checked the wheels to make sure there's no cracking/buckling
It was one hell of a pot hole, I thought the bottom had dropped out of the car at the time. Wheel okay as far as i know, I did check myself and could not see anything.


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It was one hell of a pot hole, I thought the bottom had dropped out of the car at the time. Wheel okay as far as i know, I did check myself and could not see anything.
You sometimes can't tell without taking the wheels off, and sometimes can't without taking the tyre itself off - fingers cross its sorted anyway. The worst I have done (touch wood!) is whack a kerb in my old TT going about 30mph when I was avoiding something, took a lovely couple of chunks out of the rim, and knocked the alignment out something rotten, but the rim was repairable and the alignment was sorted by my local protyre.
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Happened to the 350.


Couldn't track down the issue until tyres were replaced.
Wheel a write off, but could only tell when tyre was off.
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Have them put it all in writing, and claim off council, re pot hole damage
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Great advice there for @Slkworm Jules.

Hope it wasn't Welly Council - they'll likely put up our Council Tax to pay your compo.

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