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Pursuit XL scooter, rubbing sound during right turns...

When I turn right, the sound and vibration is coming from the left wheel. At first I thought it was the tire rubbing up against a cable but when I looked, there's no evidence of that. And today it got worse! It's not a "smooth" continuous sound: (zzzzzz)... It has a "texture" to it: (buttabuttabutta), as if a tire was rubbing up against something. I can feel it as well, with my hands on the tiller. And today it began sounding worse, (after I attempted to look down there to find where the problem is coming from: (didididididididi)... and much louder. I felt around the wheel mechanism and nothing seemed to be wrong but the sound persists. Maybe I moved something with my hand without knowing it? Left turns and driving straight are smooth and fine.

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My first guess is that you have either loose lug nuts(5)on one or more of the wheels, or you have loose screws(6)that hold the wheel rims together as these have split rims. This is more common on scooters with flat-free tires as the tire and the foam insert will chafe against each other and produce a rhythmic sound as the wheel rotates. Try tightening all of the lug nuts first and see if that helps. If it persists, try removing the tire by removing the 5 lug nuts and pulling it off the axle. You'll see six bolts that hold the rim halves together. Re-tighten all of these and install the wheel to see if that cleared the noise. Note: The real wheels have a key-slot in the axle and a key which slides into this slot to hold the tire to the axle. Be careful not to lose the key when you slide the wheel off, and be sure to get the key back in the slot when you install it back on the hub. Here is the page for your scooter. Click on the owners manual and scroll down to page 37 for info on tire removal.

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