hello. there is a problem i've been having with my corolla, and was wondering if anyone had any ideas what might be the problem.
so the car that i bought in june (98 corolla CE) had/has and interesting problem -- the rear tires would scrape the car. this would only happen when there were passengers in the rear seat, and but especially on the highways. i think the tires were hitting the metal lip on the sidewall in the wheel well.
i took it to the shop, and the mechanic told me that i should change the struts (the new ones are kyb gr-2 struts). 1000$ later, i took my friends for a ride, and it was scraping even worse. for example, whenever i would turn a corner driving on town streats. so i called the mechanic back, and he said that if the problem was persisting, then my tires were probably too big. they were 205/40/17, so i switched to 195/?/14, but they still scraped, but only on the highways. so i brought them back and i now have 185/?/14 tires, and have not taken passengers on the highway yet.
the mechanic told me that adjusting the suspension might make a difference, but that would be expensive...
just for reference, all of the tires listed above should work on 98 corollas.
any ideas or suggestions? has anybody else had this problem? i suspect that a previous owner may have raced it, possibly abused it... but the mechanic says it all looks good...
same problem here on my 98 chevy prizm i gor 215/40 17" it rubb but not that much except if i have 3 people inside the car i saw a DIY to prevent this http://vamp.darkravers.net/Domain.cfm/
its under suspension section on DIY rolling fenders but i havent tried it yet
I also had the same problem when I put 205/40/17, on my 2001 corolla LE. I finally took it to a body shop and had them knurl the inside lip of each fender as much as they could. It helped a great deal, but with a full back seat and a quick enough dip in the road you will still hear them scrap ever so slightly.