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    Hello,

    I'm struggling to get the wheel alignment on my E46 right and although it's been on the system 3 times and looks to be set-up correctly, I'm not happy with the result and the steering wheel is always off centre.

    Every time I go back to have it checked the settings have changed, so it looks like there's some play somewhere and I'm thinking it could be:

    Wishbone arms and bushes
    Tie rods - probably inner

    Is there anything else that could affect the wheel alignment, like suspension?, before I go and ask my garage to start replacing parts.

    Thanks,
    Simon
     
     

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    ive had a problem with my alignment to but i put it down to worn bushes on the wishbone so i changed mine on the weekend for Meyle HD ones which wernt that hard to put on. if your steering wheel is out, have u tryed getting a 4 wheel alignment done?
     
     

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    That's what I originally had, a full 4 wheel alignment, and the rest of the alignment stays consistent. It's just the front wheel readings are out every time it's been on the machine. They're then set right, but I drive away and the steering still doesn't feel right and the wheel is off centre, I go back and it's gone out gain.

    Is there anything else I need to consider looking at, other than the wishbone bushes and tie rods?
     
     

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    Chassis damage?
     
     

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    There are loads of things that can affect steering alignment, but wishbones, their bushes (the 66mm ones at the rear), steering track rods, tyres - are all the usual suspects. Get them all checked out properly, as if they're worn, they will always be out as soon as they move.
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