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Rear strut almost rubs tire

I was replacing the fuel filter when i noticed that i couldnt get my finger between the tire and strut assembly on the rear/driver side. That tire is wearing bad on the inside. Under a closer look, the tire/wheel looks like it has a "lean in" on the top. Is the strut needing to be replaced? Could it be an alignment problem? Any help will help as I am worried it will make contact before to long. Thnx

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  • forzabob Mar 06, 2009

    You know, now that I think about it, if the struts were broke/worn, wouldn't the rear end be all "bouncy"? The car handles fine with no noise coming from anywhere (except for really loud tire noise), which leads me to believe that the wheel bearings are fine, as that would be a constant noise. As for the bent axle, I would imagine that would give a "shimmy" like a bent rim. And there is none.
    I have already ordered 2 new tires, and am planning on getting an alignment, so I'll probably just let the shop know what I am dealing with and see what they think. I really hope it is just an alignment issue and not the strut assembly, as I also found alot of my exhaust hangers are rusted really badly and would really rather get a new exhaust than spend the money on struts.
    Thanx for the comments, and if anyone has any more ideas I will be checking them till Mon. when my tires get in. Thnx again guys.

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    I had to put 225/60/16 tires on my rear car now they almost touch my rear strut like 4 cm away will they rub off the perch I also have 15 in tires on my front because I can't afford the rear plz help me..

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It can be a bent strut or just an alignment issue.
first if you can put the car on a left or jack stands(on the rear but not on the suspention) you can then loosen the 2 bolts at the bottom of the strut at this point you can move the top of the wheel out. then tighten the bolts lower the car and see if that moved the wheel enough. is it did get an alignment and if not replace the strut.

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This sounds like either a wheel bearing a bent axle or an alignment problem, the alignment shop will check all these before they do anthing with the alignment.

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