5 Common Reason Why Tire Rubbing When Turning Right

When driving a vehicle, people encounter plenty of problems regularly. Some problems can be solved a bit later, while some other problems have to be fixed as soon as possible. One problem that has to be fixed immediately after being detected is when the tire rubs while the car turns right.

There are plenty of reasons the tire rub when turning right such as installing oversized tires, causing a change in the wheel offset, and installing wheel spacers among others. Fortunately, this problem can be solved quite easily by-

  • Changing the tires back to the stock size
  • Inflating the tires
  • Adjusting the wheel well
  • Having the correct wheel offset, etc.

When a tire rubs, it can cause some serious dangers. The wheel will be completely ruined if the problem remains untreated. As a result, some serious accidents can be caused down the line. Also, having a tire that rubs whenever the car turns right is an eyesore. In the following piece of ‘Tire rubbing when turning right: Reasons and how to fix, I’ll go over every detail regarding this. 

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4 Common Reason Why Tire Rubbing When Turning Right – with solutions

Tire rubbing when turning left or right is a common yet troublesome issue faced by vehicle owners. Most of the cases I get are drivers not being able to pinpoint the reason the tire rubs when turning right. There are several reasons a tire can rub when turning. These reasons are-

#1- Installation Of Larger Tires

One of the most common modifications people make to their vehicle is installing larger tires than the stock ones. This is done to enhance the aesthetics and/or the performance of the car. But when done in an unplanned way- this modification becomes a reason for tire rubbing when turning. Sometimes people just increase the tire size and be done with it.

A car’s stock tire comes with various components such as the wheel liner and well, springs, etc. that are installed according to its size. When the tire size is altered without changing the components accordingly, it causes the larger tire to bump into these repeatedly. This causes a rubbing sound to be made when the car turns.

#2- Having The Wrong Wheel Offset And Wheel Spacers

The job of the wheel offset, which is the distance between the wheel’s center plane and the wheel hub- is to move the tire to the left or right. Sometimes people don’t change the size of the tire and change the wheel offset instead. But a car’s wheel offset is specified keeping the stock tire size in mind. Installing a larger wheel offset is a major cause of tire rubbing. 

Wheel spacers are used to nullify a positive offset, which means the wheel’s outer side and the mounting surface are closer to each other. But if too much spacer is installed, it will bring the wheel offset to a negative. This means the tire will rub against the fender. 

#3- Installing New OE Tires

As I said earlier, altering the tire size without altering other arrangements as well can result in tire rubbing. While OE tires are made keeping the specifications of the car in mind, sometimes there are very slight differences between their dimensions.

So even if the size of the OE tire is the same as the aftermarket one, other aspects such as the shoulder construction can also cause rubbing. This happens because non-identical OE tires create a profile on the wheel well that is different from before.

#4- Having A Faulty Suspension

Issues with the wheel are not the only reason for a tire rubbing while turning. Sometimes having a faulty suspension can also cause this problem. Suspensions absorb most of the shock when a car takes a bump. As a result, these can wear off quite quickly. 

Due to having a limited lifespan, the suspensions of a vehicle have to be checked on regularly. They can have worn-out springs, bushing or shock wears. All of these results in the suspensions losing their ability to absorb shock. As a result, the tire rubs as it turns right or left.

#5- Having Misaligned Wheels

If the tire of the vehicle is not properly inflated, it causes the wheels to be misaligned. As a result, there is a rubbing sound whenever the tire turns. It also causes the tire to wear off very quickly. 

How To Fix A Rubbing Tire? 5 common steps

Having a tire that rubs when turns is a big problem. But it doesn’t remain such a big issue if one knows how to fix a rubbing tire. There are not one or two, but quite a lot of ways to fix a tire that rubs when turning. These are as follows:

1. Installing Correct Sized Tires

Large tires have their advantages. Not only do these tires look cool, but they enhance the performance of the vehicle as well. But it is a must that the tire is of the correct size. This can be assured in a couple of ways. 

The first way to prevent tire rubbing as it turns right is not to install larger tires. As a result, the arrangements and the components of the tire don’t have to be arranged and replaced again. The second way to deal with this problem is to change the components and the arrangement of the wheels according to the size of the new tire. 

2. Keeping The Wheel Offset Zero

When the size of the tire is altered, the wheel offset automatically changes due to the change in size. A wheel offset whose value is too positive or negative causes rubbing of the tire. So, it is best to calculate the correct offset for the new tire so that the wheel offset remains zero.

One of the best ways to bring a positive wheel offset down to zero is to install wheel spacers. But it has to be kept in mind that the amount of spacer is the correct one. Otherwise, it will create a negative offset, which will be counterproductive.

3. Installing OE Tires Of Similar Dimensions

Despite having the same size, differences in the OE tires’ dimensions can cause rubbing when the tire turns right. So, an OE tire should be installed with the same profile as the previous tire. If the previous tires’ edges were round, the new tires’ edges must be round as well. 

4. Replacing Faulty Suspensions

Detecting whether the car has a faulty suspension is a tough job for regular drivers. So, it is best to take the car to a mechanic as soon as the rubbing starts. If the mechanic declares that the suspension has worn out, it is a must that it is replaced as soon as possible.

5. Inflating The Tire

Since tire misalignment is caused by deflated tires, it is mandatory to keep the tires inflated. As long as the tires are properly inflated, they will revolve in a straight line. If that can be ensured, the tire will remain aligned and it won’t rub as the car turns right. 

people also ask (FAQs)

1. How Do I Stop My Fender From Rubbing?

When the tire rubs against the fender, it means the tire offset is negative. To increase the wheel offset, a fender roll should be performed. A fender roll is a way to reshape the fenders by applying heat.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to fender roll.

2. How Much Does It Cost To Roll Fenders?

The cost of a fender roll depends on the area and the mechanic who will perform it. I charge 55 dollars to perform a simple fender roll. But cutting or pulling is involved, and my charge goes up. On average, a simple fender roll costs between 50 to 70 USD.

Final Thoughts

If the tire starts rubbing when the car turns right, it can be due to multiple reasons. The most common reason is installing larger tires without adjusting other arrangements as well as components. Some other reasons include incorrect wheel offset, too many wheel spacers, installing non-identical OE tires, and worn-out suspensions.

The solutions to the tire rubbing problem are manifold. These solutions are adjusting other arrangements and components when installing a larger tire, keeping the correct wheel offset and spacers, installing identical OE tires, and replacing faulty suspensions. 

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