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    Wheel grinding noise - need some help

    So i just had my winter wheels/tires put on (Stock 03 wheels). When backing out of my driveway later i noticed a grinding noise from my front passenger tire. It happens at a certain point when turning the wheel. It is mostly when turning right and the wheel is at about 3 oclock. It sounds like a metal on metal grinding noise. My wheels were professionally mounted and this noise did not occur when i had on my Rota's. My initial thought is the issue of the rotor grinding that many Subaru's have. Any other suggestions for things to check out?
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    Thats weird...I just put my 98 RS wheels on my 06 wrx yesterday and I went for a lap around the block and I heard an odd grinding sound. I came back...made sure all the lug nuts where tight and went again and no more grinding noise....
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    i may check the torque on my lug nuts. I had to get the tires mounted on my wheels so i just had them mount the wheels as well. I guess its possible they aren't tightened completely. Thanks for the suggestion
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    I had the same problem after I swapped my stock pads for ceramics. I took the pads back off and applied more caliper greese. Haven't heard a squeek in 300 miles.
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    Doubt it is a brake issue as my pads have been on with my old wheels without an issue. I guess it could be the caliper rubbing but i wouldnt think that would only happen when turning at a certain degree.
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    What do you torque them to? I doubt that's what it is...I think it was just a coincidence since they were all tight to begin with!
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    well i didnt put them on. But normally 70-80 ft/lbs
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    A real simple issue may be a pebble in the mechanism.
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    Ok so a little update. My front right wheel is rubbing on my mudflap when turning at the same time the noise occurs. This is definitly part of the problem but may not be all of it. What confuses me is that only the right tire does this, the left one does not. I have no clue why this would happen but i am planning on looking at it more closely and maybe if i cant figure out a solution have someone else look
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    Have you checked the gaps between the wheel and wheel well? If one side is rubbing and the other isn't, maybe you hit a pothole too hard and put your suspension a bit out of whack. Or maybe your alignment is just off.
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    Have you taken the wheel completely off and put it back on....inspect it then.
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    im pretty sure my alignment off. That is one thing i will be getting done. As for taking off the wheel, i have not yet. I have gotten home late the last two night and its been freezing cold with high wind. Im thinking i will be taking my wheel off, checking for any signs of grinding or something being stuck, then checking my torque and will plan on having a 4 wheel alignment this weekend
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