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Old 12-16-2009, 07:45 PM   #311
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The bearing is what allows the wheels on your car to spin freely. the fronts are located where the axle slide thru to attach to the hub. The rear are integrated into the drums (mine are idk about other fofos). The wheel bearings on my focus are sealed so there is no repacking them. Just press them out and reinstall new ones.


As for the person wondering about the rear wheel bearings and replacing them...if you are lowered at anything other than what an svt sits at, I'd recommend doing them. Idk where u guys are from but in socal, our roads are not silky smooth specially with the recent rain. All it takes is the right sized bump, pothole, or improper alignment angle to start the wear then one day ul hear a metal to metal scraping sound accompanied with a strange wiggle in the rear end followed by a tow home cuz the wheel is about to fall off. I replaced my rears 4 times now and the fronts once. It doesn't really matter how much weight the rear wheels carry its how the alignment is. Too much toe or camber accelerates the wear of the bearing. Not to mention plain old mileage. If ur over 130k miles in a focus u should replace the bearings anyway. It makes a difference.
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:46 PM   #312
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Oh my 2000 zetec sedan is at 190k miles.
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if you have a lowered car, the right thing to do is to correct the camber using any of the different parts that come for that (camber bolts, plates, etc). that way you are not putting any more stress on the bearings than stock and you won't be wearing tires wrong.
wheel bearings don' really go out all of a sudden like that. the start making a quiet rubbing/grinding sounds that worsens and gets louder over time. when you start hearing them, it's time to replace them. if they aren't making any noise, they are good. you can check them by jacking up the car and see if they have any play (movement) up and down or left to right. if it's working perfectly, why replace it?
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:49 AM   #314
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I'm at 123K and I'm replacing the front wheel bearings tomorrow (the back ones are still in good shape) and something else..I can't think of what it is right now. LOL.. I'll update my post when i remember. I've been having lots of issues with this car..It seems like every couple of month something goes wrong with it. :(
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aside from wheel bearings, what else is going wrong?
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:56 AM   #316
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What hasn't yet? lol.. Like i said every couple of months somthing seems to be wrong with it.. Here's a list (below)

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I made it to 120k miles!

things i did so far:
replaced timing belt
pcv
oil change
cooling system flush
thermostat housing
coolant leak leaking
oil filter
gasket
replace upper and lower radiator hoses
valve cover gasket
replace front engine mount


I've been having trouble with the breaks too!



I've been having lots of problems with my focus... sorry to say this but i WILL not being getting another focus in the future..Still seems to be running good. I will be keeping it another year or so and then its outta here!!
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^^ i felt the same way around 120,000 or so.
all at the same time, i had to swap suspension, battery, rebuild starter, wheel bearings, endlinks, axles, had the radiator plastic tube break, and the only key i had stopped working with the PATS system. all this sucked, because even though it's mostly maintenance stuff which the focus was behind on, it all happened at the same time- within maybe a 10,000 mile window. i almost lost hope on the focus, but at this point it's as reliable as any other car.
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^I feel your pain! lol.. I had maybe 2 big issue happen at once and it was a pretty expensive fix let me tell you. Oh well i guess that's life.


Oh the other issue is the exhaust..it think it's making the back end of my car rattle like crazy..It's bugging the heck out of me.
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oh yeah, i also did pcv, oil pan rtv, thermostat housing and valve cover gasket.
thing is though, most of that stuff is inevitable maintenance at our mileage and not any real serious problems.
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125,500 miles.
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