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Steering all over the place

The 07 116 3 door has the steering camber out but the main problem is inconsistent steering loads, they are all over the place! Never had any front end damage but the dealer wanted a grand to do lazer alignment. In the end he just loosened all the offside suspension off, drove it then tightened the whole lot up. Next dealer assured me nothing wrong (as did roadside assist - he said the computer reported all was fine, then he drove it and agreed. Dealer also reported "unusual" L shaped wear to front tyres. Any help will be greatfully received.

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It may be a long shot but have you checked if the tyres are directional and in the right direction? Is the alignment correct as this will lead to a tramlining feel to the steering.

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