^^^^ Pretty sage advice IMO ^^^^
Originally Posted by MrMark52
In 50+ years of working on vehicles - Iíve never seen a shock stick. And Iíve never seen one break I such a way so as to rub against a tire.
Itís very likely that a rock may have gotten thrown into a caliper assuming you have disc brakes on that wheel.
I would be looking very, very closely at your tire for signs of rubbing by something that may have been rubbing but has since broken or fallen off.
Itís hard to appropriately describe or define what a ďgrinding soundĒ sounds like or intensity of the sound. A better description would be helpful - did it sound like metal to metal grind or like playing cards in the spokes of a bicycle or metal to rubber (possible a mud flap rubbing the tire? Did the sound vary much with speed?
To have never seen a sticking shock or strut ...you apparently never worked on vehicles in the salt / rust belt.
It's not that uncommon in the rust /salt belt for a shock absorber or strut to freeze up when fully extended well beyond it's normal travel range due to the piston severely rusted ..but it's uncommon to happen while driving but it happens.
The more common scenario is for Mrs Mcgillicutty to bring her steed in for routine service and you lift it up on the hoist by the frame and the suspension hangs down further than its normal travel range and then vehicle drop it back down to the ground and it looks like a lifted 4wd truck or a low rider with hydraulics and sits all lopsided.
The tricky part is after this happens is calling Mrs Mcgillicutty and having to tell her that her routine service just went from $ 79.99 to $379.99 ( or more) when she say's "Im not paying anything ...there was noting wrong with my suspension when I brought my car in.... what did yo do to it? "