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Front passenger wheel is in at the top by 1/2 inch rubbing noise started when making left turns. I think wheel hub assembly is bad. Also inboard brake pad completely worn down. Can bad struts cause this?

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Sounds like a bad hub/bearing, could also be a front axle issue though.

I have never heard in my almost 15 years as a mechanic of struts causing one pad to wear uneven, this more sounds like an issue of one of two things, bad caliper, or when you had your brakes replaced whoever did the job did not replace that pad.

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