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Old 02-16-2010, 11:27 AM   #1
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Rubber Smell + Wheels Squeaking

Hi Guys,

So yesterday, I was forced to put my stock wheels back on, since my 19's tires had no more tread.

When I drove my car to work this morning, I noticed:
  1. a continuous smell of rubber (I'm assuming coming from the tires since I never smelled this before)
  2. and also continuous squeaking sounds when the wheels are spining/car is moving

Can you guys help me figure out on what's causing these? And also how to fix it?
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Stock wheels could possible be rubbing on the inside shock body if you are running coilovers since stock wheels are more conservative.

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Old 02-16-2010, 01:33 PM   #3
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ohhh shoooooooooot, i think you might be right on that Charles!

I have ST V1 coils installed, and I remember being told that the shock body on those are alot Wider than normal shock, which is why I was given spacers.

I can't put my spacers on until I get home. Would it be okay for me to drive back home (10 Miles) before I can install my spacers?

Would that also explain the "Sqeaking Sound" I'm hearing?
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Had that small problem on my previous car with an aftermarket setup, it was the tires rubbing the fender, especially while going into bumps on the highway. Get your fenders rolled, don't even think about wasting money for a new tire setup.
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Had that small problem on my previous car with an aftermarket setup, it was the tires rubbing the fender, especially while going into bumps on the highway. Get your fenders rolled, don't even think about wasting money for a new tire setup.
thanks for the input g35, but it's not the fenders rubbing (got them rolled, and never rubbed even with staggered 19's)

I think it may be more of the inner sidewall of the tire rubbing on the springs themselves on the shock body itself (spring). I did some research and found that this problem is common with ST VI/KW coilovers since the shock body on these are much wider than normal. This only happens in the front shocks. Solution? Add some spacers.

Anyone else have any input/comments on this?
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If its rubbing enough for you to smell the rubber, I would not recommend driving it for another 10 miles. You could possible cut the sidewall or even worse.

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