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Suspension, Brakes and Tires Discussion, Susp/ Alignment Xperts help! (rubbing sound, metal grinding sound, pulling right) in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; so in april 2012 i replaced my stock front struts with the strutmasters conversion. i did it myslef and wasnt ...
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    Susp/ Alignment Xperts help! (rubbing sound, metal grinding sound, pulling right)

    so in april 2012 i replaced my stock front struts with the strutmasters conversion.
    i did it myslef and wasnt hard at all. great ride now and not expensive.
    3 days later, i had the alignment done (of course).
    the shop was able to do it and gave me the following numbers- Everything checked out fine

    Front Left Front right
    Actual BEfore actual before

    -1.8 -1.8 camber -1.4 -1.4
    5.5 5.5 caster 5.0 5.0
    .09 .35 toe .12 -.10
    12.8 12.8 SAI 12.7 12.7
    11.0 11.0 included angle 11.3 11.3

    Front
    Actual Before

    Cross Camber -0.4 -0.4
    Cross Caster 0.5 0.5
    Cross SAI 0.1 0.1
    Total Toe .21 .25

    rear left rear right
    actual before actual before
    -0.8 -0.8 -0.8 -0.8
    0.05 0.03 .10 .12

    Rear
    Actual Before

    Cross Camber 0.0 0.0
    Cross Caster 0.15 0.15
    Thrust angle -0.03 -0.04

    Now were in june and i have 3 issues

    issue 1 -the car pulls to the right and i have to drive with the steering wheel slightly turned to the left so that the car drives straight. I figured the alignment was off again so i took it to the same guys again and gave me the following numbers-

    Front Left Front right
    Actual BEfore actual before
    -1.2 -1.2 camber -0.4 -0.4
    5.8 5.8 caster 5.2 5.2
    .15 .15 toe .17 .17
    12.7 12.7 SAI 13.0 13.0
    11.5 11.5 included angle 12.6 12.6

    Front
    Actual Before

    Cross Camber -0.9 -0.9
    Cross Caster 0.5 0.5
    Cross SAI 0.3 0.3
    Total Toe .32 .32

    rear left rear right
    actual before actual before
    -1.3 -1.3 -1.5 -1.5
    0.18 0.16 .18 .18

    Rear
    Actual Before

    Cross Camber 0.2 0.2
    Cross Caster 0.36 0.34
    Thrust angle 0.0 -0.01

    theys said that the alignment "was with in specs" but that i needed a Camber bolt kit for the left front side because my "camber is off a whole degree". they said that was what was causing my steering to pull right. They asked if i lowered the car or hit anything after the initial alignment. i told them i had not.

    issue 2- when ever i turn left like at an intersection or tight left turn, i can hear metal grinding in the right front wheel well are. ive taken the tire off and checked everything but all looks "normal".

    issue 3 - there is a strange rubbing sound also coming from the right wheel well/ tire area. sounds like the tire is rubbing on something. however, i checked for clearance and all looks "normal". only occurs when im rolling in the car and not in park. as i speed up, the sound becomes more prevailant, as i roll to stop it too, starts to slow and then stops. when i do a right sweeping turn (like a freeway off ramp and the weight of the car shifts to the left) the noise stops. but when i level out the sounds comes back. a buddy drove next to me while driving to see if he saw anything rubbing or issues but he said no.

    Do i really need camber bolt kit to fix my steering & stop it from pulling right?
    Will it be enough to stop the leaning to the right?
    Do the numbers i provided look fine like they the shop said they are?
    Did the stutmasters kit install cause all or any of these issues that i did not have before?

    PLEASE HELP!!!

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    Re: Susp/ Alignment Xperts help! (rubbing sound, metal grinding sound, pulling right)

    sounds like the right hub bearing is shot -

    the alignment should have caught that if it is bad -

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    Re: Susp/ Alignment Xperts help! (rubbing sound, metal grinding sound, pulling right)

    it was the right hub bearing.....there was alot of play there. well its repaired now and everything is fine. thnx

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