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    Hello I'm having a few problems with the alignment of my new e46 330cd msport coupe. Now when I first got the car the guy I brought it from explained it had had a knock on the front left in the snow against a Kerb and that he had replaced the wishbone and hub. So I thought no worries. Now after sorting the front wishbone bushes, a new set of tyres and alignment the front left corner still has excessive negative camber which is going to cause the tyre to wear uneven. Could it be that he fitted a standard wishbone not a sport one? I'm going to replace both front wishbones to be safe and see whether the camber comes back into spec. If not what would be the next thing to look for? If anybody could help I would appreciate it. Thanks
     
     

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    Is the shock leg straight? IIRC the wishbones won't affect camber, only castor
     
     

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    Would that be easy to spot on the car? The car drives fine just dont want to be shredding tyres. The camber is not out by a massive amount and is not noticeable to the eye when ya look at the front of the car but the alignment place have said it will scrub the tyre on the inside. Was told a non sport wishbone gives slightly different camber. Maybe I've been informed wrong. Thanks for your help
     
     

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    For any knock to require a new hub & wishbone, it must have been a fair whack - both of those things are really strong on all but the earliest E46's. Personally I'd be looking for subframe or chassis damage - it only takes a few mm to throw geometry out. But there's a big aluminium reinforcing plate underneath the later E46's (like yours), so chassis damage at the rear of the wishbones is unlikely.
    Just for reference, the wishbone is bolted to the subframe on the inner edge, the hub on the outer edge, and the lollipop (bolted to the chassis) at the back. The subframe bolts up the chassis.
    No bent shock leg I assume, and all panel alignment is ok between the wing-bonnet-door?
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