[DML] tire rubbing?
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[DML] tire rubbing?

I'm having a problem that concerns me quite a bit. Every now and then for the past few months when turning to the left while going over a bump I would hear a brief scraping sound. Last night while parking I had to muscle the steering wheel quite a bit while not moving to fit into a tight spot. When I left that spot a few hours later I noticed that the scraping sound was much more prominent, happening only at one particular orientation of the front wheels. Got out and took a look, and I see that my right front tire is rubbing the front of the fender well, when wheel is turned to that orientation! Doesn't rub during normal straight-ahead driving, but most noticeable when turning slightly left. This can't be good. 
Thinking of the recent thread on this list on tie-rod ends and the statement there that the steering  gear is under the greatest stress during the specific maneuver I did while parking, it makes me think something deformed. Car handled fine for the 60 mile ride back home (tho I was a bit nervous), no change from the usual, which I have always been very happy with. But can't reconcile this with the fact that the front of my tire now scrapes the wheel well. I'm about to go out and put it up on the ramps to take a look. Any suggestions on where to look, where such a deformation might be localized?
Peter Cameron

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