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Tires Rubbing?

Old 06-24-2004, 05:09 PM
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Recently I have started to hear what sounds like a knocking noise while driving. I could also feel it in the steering wheel. It speeds up and slows down with the wheels, so I know its not in the engine. It goes away if I do almost anything, accelerate, brake, or turn. I only hear it when I am coasting straight ahead, most notably with the clutch out so I am engine braking. I checked the brake disks and the tires, there is nothing there that I noticed. But I wonder if the front tires might be rubbing on the springs.

I have 17x8 rims, unsure of the offset, and 215/45 tires all around. In the rear there is plenty of space between the tires and the springs, but in the front there is less than 1/4" clearance. The noise just started recently. Could this be my alignment going out enough for the tires to start rubbing?


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Old 06-24-2004, 05:15 PM
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Maybe wheel bearings or something loose in the struts. I had a similar issue and it drove me nuts for a long time. Finally I jacked the car up and shook the wheel as hard as I could and it made the noise...turns out there was play in the strut (easily tightened on an FB...not sure about FC)
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Old 06-24-2004, 05:24 PM
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The stock springs are tapered. You may be rubbing when the spring compresses, but clearing when the car is just sitting.
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Im a moron. Last time I took the wheel off I apparently didnt tighten the lugnuts down again. Boy am I glad the wheel didnt fall off. Tightened them down - problem fixed.

Thnx for your help anyway.

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