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Old 03-24-2021, 10:19 AM   #21
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All you need to do is turn the wheel on that side to full lock, both ways and in each position, look under the car at where the tire is situated. Given that the tire itself is the biggest object under the wheel arch, it odds on that it is the tire that is touching.

If you find that it is, ask yourself 'are the tires on the car, the correct size'?

My ex wife had an old Sebring vert and we noticed one of her tires was rubbing against the plastic inner liner. We never fixed it, just learned not to be full lock people. If the wheel is turning more than it should be, then it's and alignment issue.
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Old 03-25-2021, 03:58 PM   #22
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Check the subframe for rust, and the front coils for missing parts near the bottom. Our Saturn was only a few inches from the ground before I replaced the subframe and both struts. The frontend can be hanging too low and rubbing on something... even the ground! LOL
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I ordered two struts. What was odd, the struts were slightly different (flange location and size of flange). The Part Number was the identical, but strut for strut did not match. I made no friends at the auto store, because I would not accept non-standard struts. There were three variants with the same part number.

I had the same experience with Rockauto for Ion fronts.
I ordered Monroe struts, one was a nice looking Monroe made in Tennessee and the other a not very nice from China, in identical boxes. I complained and they sent me another good Monroe and never asked for the other one back so I gave it away.
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Check the subframe for rust, and the front coils for missing parts near the bottom. Our Saturn was only a few inches from the ground before I replaced the subframe and both struts. The frontend can be hanging too low and rubbing on something... even the ground! LOL
My subframe has some surface rust, main concern for me though is the passenger's strut poking out of its mount. Probably not good...
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Your Saturn must drive like a caddy with no strut on the passenger side. I would correct that problem asap. The steering relies heavily on the struts proper operation. I'm no expert on the suspension, but I know the struts play a huge roll in alignment and tire wear. The front struts are very easy to swap out. I wouldn't drive your Saturn until you get this fixed.
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My subframe has some surface rust, main concern for me though is the passenger's strut poking out of its mount.
I would like to see what this actually looks like. Please post a picture if possible. In any event, Rj's comments in the above post are correct. Your car shouldn't be driven while it's in this condition. Apart from the damage which could be done to the vehicle it would be far worse if an accident were to occur at this time. If it could be deemed to have occurred due to the car's inadequate road-worthiness and resulting in injury to another driver and/or its occupants then the legal consequences to you could be severe.

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Probably not good...
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Here's the photo of the strut. The drivers side is fine but the passengers one is out enough for me to fit a finger or 2 in it. Hopefully this isn't as bad as I think...
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also to calm the nerves, haven't driven this thing in so long a spider made his web from the antennae and trunk to the corner of my carport! I can snap a picture of that later.
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Thatís not what I expected to see. It might just need an upper strut mount. If the car has high miles loaded struts are fairly reasonable.
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That’s not what I expected to see. It might just need an upper strut mount...
FWIW, I am inclined to agree with 02 LW300. If you should choose not to purchase a complete strut assembly, I highly encourage you to use only the AC Delco front strut mounts. At least two other members and I have found that aftermarket front strut mounts have had very short service life. I had used two sets of Monroe strut mounts before using the OE brand. I have had no troubles with them since they were installed on new Monroe struts in the summer of 2012.
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hi pierrot and other sages- this thread peaked ny interest. on monroe quick struts- put a pair on my L100 over a year ago . was advised to be careful and accurate about tightening all bolts to torque specifications. cost me 242. shyster wanted 850 for the job. the more things change the more they remain the same. have had no problems with the job i did. rides better, no knocking and stiffer steering control on turns. that strut sticking out needs to be immediately corrected.that big black mount on top of the shock tower needs to be flat down on the tower and both nuts snugged up. high speed runs eluding coppas on tobacco road at 2am require a good suspension. if you dont think so watch thunder road movie. lastly , have my own query on noise. there is a squeaking noise in the rear suspension. sounds like rubber bushings squeaking against seat. checked and cleaned rear drum brakes and all good there. would you advise greasing those bushings . thinking that may be a no no . bushings and most of what we call rubber is actually neoprene actually a plastic derived from petroleum. fear greasing neoprene might deteriorate / dissolve the material. what think my bruthas? thanks tons bob f
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Thanks, I will keep this in mind.
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