I FEEL METAL AND METAL SOUNDS

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  • krys29
  • 1996 Pontiac Grand Am
  • 110,770 miles

I. Have.A 96 Pontiac grand am GT, when I turn the wheel all the way to the right I feel a metal connection in my left foot. It doesn't really make a no

When I turn the wheel to the right all the way, I feel light grinding on my left foot, no noise. Once the car is driving straight it drives great. Turns left with no problems. Great running car brakes great.

Thursday, April 12th, 2012 AT 5:53 AM

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  • rivermikerat
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Check the tire and wheel well for evidence of scraping.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 AT 5:58 AM
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If I rotate the tires and balance them, could that maybe help to or maybe even solve the problem? Also not sure by what you mean as far as scrapping, how can I tell if there is evidence of scrapping?

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 AT 6:02 AM
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I'm afriad to drive it anywhere, not even in town b/c I'm not sure if it is good or not.I tried to today and it was just rumbling and grinding of metal but like I had mentioned it brakes fine. Could it by any chance be the driveshaft?

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 AT 6:05 AM
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You'll see rough worn areas on the tire. And you'll see shiny areas on the inside of the fender.

No. You'll just ruin another tire if the problem is what I think it is.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 AT 6:05 AM
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Sounds like its something bad, by how your talking. This car is in such great shape I don't want to see it be a big issue.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 AT 6:08 AM
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Look at the tires for areas where it appears to have been sanded with really rough sandpaper.

Raise the front end until the tires clear the ground. Hold a piece of crayon or chalk against the center of the tread and spin the wheel until you have a solid line around the center of the outer circumference. Lower the car and measure across the front and rear of the tire. The rear should be about 1/8 - 3/16 of an inch farther out. When driving in a straight line, is the steering wheel perfectly aligned? Will the car continue in a straight line if you let go of the wheel for a few seconds?

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 AT 8:06 PM
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It drives fine and needs an doesn't need an alignment. I got this car mixed with another car I asked about. Just sounds like metal on metal when I turn the wheel to the right to turn. No noise just when I go right. I'm sorry I got it mixed up.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 AT 8:19 PM
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It drives straight as an arrow no scrapping or any ruffness on the tires. Its just bald on the front driver side.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 AT 8:25 PM
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As you're turning the wheel or once the wheel is turned while the vehicle is in motion?

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 AT 9:18 PM
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No the noise only happens when I'm in a stop postion going to turn right.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 AT 9:36 PM

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