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Old 10-19-2003, 22:56   #1 (permalink)
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confused right rear noise from new wheels/tires help!

ok here i go. im a newbie! just joined not long ago. My girl has a 98 escort se and its pretty cool a nice ride. anyway, to get to the point, here is the problem.

i just got her new wheels and tires to put on the car in place of the stockies (chrome ford hubcaps) originally the tires were 185/65/14 the stock size of the wheels. we got 16" ADR RYVER G6 wheels for her car. im nott sure if you have heard of them but a pic can be seen at http://www.adrwheels.com/php/aw.vie...es.large/86.jpg except they are the silver ones. anyway the 16s are 16x7. the wheels are 7 inches wide and i got the yokohama avs es100 tires to put on them. the size is 205/45-16 the correct size that compares to the stock size tires. they are just wirder to accomodate for the 16x7 inch rim. so the tires are about 7 inches wide. anyways heres the main problem. got the wheels mounted to tires balanced and put on the car. every one looks good and fits good. except when you drive the car, the right rear (passenger rear) makes a rubbing noise when makeing fast left turns and hitting hard bumps. it doesnt sound good and rubs pretty hard. also when there is a lot of weight in the back say 300+ lbs of people, the tire rubs constantly when driving slow or fast. i checked the clearance and it looks ok and i dont understand why it makes this damn rubbing noise. it only does it on the passsenger side not the drivers side. there is only about a half inch clearance from the inside of the tire to where the shock is on the car. this is the same on both rears but the only one that is making noise is the passenger one. do any of you guys have the newer escorts 97+ with 16s or 17s even at that with maybe 205/45-16 tires and 16x7 wheels and have had any prolbmes ast all. mayb some problems comparable to mine? it shouldnt make this noise and im for sure of that. im also pretty sure that it is not hte wheels and tires otherwise the drivers side should do it also. the stockies never made the noise but they are also skinnier by a big margin. im sorry for the long post but i really need your guys help i didnt know anywhere else to ask. also it seems like it actually is hitting the rear quarterpanel the part that shapes in a semicircle for the inner well part. it seems like its either hitting htat when hitting bumps or the shock itself due to the small width clearance. i hope someone can help me. will an alignment help it hought about that and also wheel spacers?? where can i get these and how much are they and how would i put htem on for sure. i hope its nothing major just needs to be fixed. thanks everyone please help!
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Old 10-20-2003, 05:30   #2 (permalink)
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Re: right rear noise from new wheels/tires help!

You should eventually see where the tyre is rubbing from rubber on that spot and wear on the tyre. Once you find it (if it's the body not the shockies) you will need to do a bit of judicious panel bashing to make room for those fatter tyres. Most likely it will be the flange in the inside of wheel arch (yes what you called the semi circular opening in the rear quarter panel). If so that easy to flatten with a panel hammer. If you load up the boot and the back seat with a bit of weight while the car is stationery you should also be able to see the contact point.
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all thath is fine and dandy but you have to make sure your strut towers that connect inside your trunk are not; rusted, broke or stripped. also the the escort is not a big car. If you have three hundred pounds in the back, somethings going to sag. Last, check your inside clearance of your tire to the closest thing to the auto. you can buy bad struts also, factory defects do happen.
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