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SCRUBBING COMING FROM THE FRONT END OF MY WHEELS.

(2004 Ford F-150)
in Snellville, GA on March 18, 2009
I HAVE CUSTOM RIMS ON MY TRUCK. LATELY I'VE BEEN HEARING A SQUEAKY TO A SCRUBBING NOISE COMING FROM THE FRONT WHEELS WHEN I MAKE RIGHT OR LEFT TURN. MY TIRES ARE NOT TOUCHING THE WHEEL WHALES. IT SOUNDS LIKE METEAL IS TOUCHING THE RIM OR SOMETHING BY THE RIM. I ONLY HEAR IT WHEN I TURN LEFT OR RIGHT. COULD THIS BE BECAUSE I NEED A FRONT END ALINGNMENT?
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on March 18, 2009
No. You probably have a spacing issue, have somebody turn the steering wheel while you inspect the wheels,(with the vehicle stationary). Look for minor contact, especially with the wheels turned to maximum travel. If you have oversized wheels you should not have brake calipers to wheel contact, but with wider wheels they may be touching the brake hoses, check for chafing marks on brake hoses. All these inspections can be done with the vehicle parked. If the noiseonly happens with the wheels turned to maximum and hitting a dip or braking, the steering stop maybe the cause, you can put heavy duty grease on them to fix that.
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