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Long story short...dealership believes I have a bent hub. As shown in the attached photo, the rotor is obviously grinding against the caliper on the outer 1/4" or so of the rotor. Hub w/bearing is under $100, so I don't mind replacing it. I do mind replacing it if I'm chasing ghosts and a "bent hub" is just a guess. Anyone experience this issue, or confirm a bent hub could be the culprit of my gouged rotor? If it's a bent hub, I suspect it would take quite a hit to a curb or other object to cause such damage. Not that they would admit it, but wife and daughter (the only two who have driven the car) don't remember hitting anything with any force.
 

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I would suspect play in the bearing or the axle nut not being tight before a bent hub. If you jackup the wheel is there any play.

The hub is not that expensive so I would probably get it replaced along with the bearing.
 

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Bending a hub is damned near impossible without major wheel damage. IF the hub actually were bent, the rubbing on the caliper would be intermittent - once per revolution, not constant.

As Glenda said, check for a worn bearing by jacking it up and wiggling the wheel. Also check the the entire hub assemble has not come loose somehow and moved ( highly unlikely), and the same thing with the caliper.
 

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If the caliper bracket were installed wrong (bound up bolt, debris between bracket and spindle) the bracket could be in the wrong position.
It could be a bent spindle (housing bearing fits into) but I can't picture enough force to do that without other much more dramatic damage.
 

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not sure if "bent" is the right term in this case.

possibly "warped" due to heating like from a awful bearing or brake disc / caliper.

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my brother hit a pothole with a nissan a couple years back, drove it around a bit, bearing was so bad and it was like driving with a stuck brake, by the time I got it into a proper shop the plastic encased ABS sensor had baked.

(I did not have a pistol thermometer at the time,).
 

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Fixed with a new hub and bearing. Thanks for all of the input and suggestions.
 
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