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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-30-03, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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91 escort GT has a lot of humming coming from the wheels... Im not sure if it's tire noise or what. Im hoping its not bad bearings or a bad spindle/axle... any known issues, or suggestions to narrow it down.

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What's the tire size you have right now?
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195/60 r15
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The tire size is too big, you need 175/60 R15. The reason why that is because the outside wall of the tire is rubbing up against the strut or the engine guard. Hope that helps.
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What kind of noise would this make? Are you sure that size is too big for a 91GT which is redisgned from the gen1 87/88/89 that you have? I would be REALLY happy if this is the case. Also, would this do any serioius damage to the strut and/or the tire?
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well let me ask this. Does it happen all the time or when you are turning?

Go look at the insides of your wheels if you have any substantial amount of driving on them you will see that the inner portions have worn or have a wear pattern from where it rubbed. That would be the easiest way to check them.
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I can't tell... I just bought the car, so the tires could be from anything. The manual says that the regular escort should run a 175/60 r15 not 165 and the GT should run a 185/60 r15 and I have 195. It is a constant noise, but I can't tell if it's more when I turn (because the exhaust is being replaced too) or if there is wear because the tires are new. I can see, though that without anyone in the car, I can see the bottom plate of the spring (is it the strut?) is VERY close to the tire and if there was play of about 1" it would rub. I assume my weight makes it drop that inch.
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Try jacking the car up and see if there's wear on the tire and there is a bald part of the tire then that your problem. It's rubbing up against the engine gaurd. Sorry if sound like I was annoid.
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I will have to wait to see if that happens. The tires on it are new, and don't show any wear yet. The only alternative I have is to get someone in there that is near my weight and try to see under the car for any contact.
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Is it that low?
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