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Pass Front Tire out of alignment?

So I've been having a problem where my passenger tire is rubbing on the rear of the fender and making terrible noises, especially with anyone in the car. I measured to wheel to the fender (at the bottom) Drivers side is 3.75ish inches, no rubbing whatsoever even with 4 people in the car. Passenger side is 2.9ish inches, rubs like crazy with anyone in the car and on hard turns by myself.

Is there any way to move the wheel forward, towards the front of the car? No idea what the problem is.. I've had the same tires on it for 4 years and it started midway through last summer. Most of the suspension is within 3 years old. I replaced the body mounts at the end of last summer, after it had been rubbing. Which helped slightly and doesn't rub anywhere now except the rear of the wheel well.

The car is a first gen Camaro.

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Check the wheelbase and see how far off it is. How does it drive? Does it pull to one side or other? Are the tires wearing unusually? If the subframe bushings are good, and the subframe itself is good, then it has to be the control arms or control arm bushings. You musta hit something, or someone else did when they borrowed your car...

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You caster is likely way off. The lower control arm could be bent or the frame where it is mounted.

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Check the wheelbase and see how far off it is. How does it drive? Does it pull to one side or other? Are the tires wearing unusually? If the subframe bushings are good, and the subframe itself is good, then it has to be the control arms or control arm bushings. You musta hit something, or someone else did when they borrowed your car...

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I'll check the control arms or bushings.
I don't think anything was hit, I was parked driving fine, then after sitting for a bit it rubbed the first drive out. Either way, I don't mind replacing parts, I just need to figure out what's wrong.


How can I check the control arms and bushings? I assume just for the bushings just look to see if they're dry rotted.

It drives fine although it does pull a little to the right. Which is when it turns on right turns.
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You mentioned that most of the suspension is less than 3 years old, but does that include the control arm bushings? Do a visual inspection to see if the rubber is cracking severely or if rubber has peeled out of them.

If it rubs on the rear of the tire on the right side, and if the car pulls to the right, I would say the lower control arm on the right side is moved back for some reason. That would shorten the wheelbase on that side and reduce the positive caster on that side causing both the rubbing and the pull.
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