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Old 12-04-2016, 03:03 PM   #1
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Has anyone else experienced this?

I just bought this 2006 focus zx5 ses. It was a one owner with 137,000 miles with a clean history. The car has spent it's life in southern Missouri and Oklahoma. The car is in great condition and shows no signs of abuse. I have been driving it for about a week now and it runs and drives great. It does not use oil. There is no rust anywhere including under the car. That is until you look under the wheel caps. The ends of all four of the axles are rusted badly. The aluminum wheels are also corroded badly at the centers. I have other vehicles with aluminum wheels and don't see this. Can anyone tell me what is going on here? Is this common on the focus? Thanks


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Old 12-04-2016, 03:39 PM   #2
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No rust under or anywhere else? Somehow as you know water has gotten in there. Was it a flood car or sitting up to the hubs in water for a while? No its not common on these cars.
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There is virtually no rust anywhere else. I crawled under it before I bought it and checked and have been under it since changing fluids and filters (engine and transmission). There are supposed to be little caps on the wheels that say ford. When I bought it there were only three. By the time I got it home there was only one and it blew off at the car wash. When I examined it most of the prongs that were supposed to hold it on were broken off. I am wondering if water could have gotten trapped behind the caps and caused the rusting and corrosion. The problem I have with this theory is that there would be thousands of others with the same problem. That is one reason for this post, to see if others are having this problem also.
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Water trapped dont worry.
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I've never seen that.
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Yeah, a weird one.

Maybe the guy always power washed the wheels to force a lot of water in there.
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Would not worry about this.
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Would not worry about this.
I would, say if he needs to change out the axle or bearing, then you'd want to get that nut off. I would have caught that before buying it= when checking the brakes.
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Even though it may not be needed now (perhaps when changing the wheel bearings): If you ever have to pull apart the front end I would budget in replacement half-shaft assemblies with new axle nuts. Looking at that rust on them even with an impact wrench the threads will may be damaged if not destroyed so may be prudent to acquire those when needed. Same for the rear axle stub shafts as well if they are as bad as the front axle nuts and axle nut threads look.

Also those caps that say Ford on them are purely decorative, they do little to keep out water, except maybe a bit from a direct spray onto them, but otherwise there is no sealing to keep anything out. For the rear axles there is usually a metal cover that covers up the axle nut, but often they don't get replaced when either rear drum brake or rear wheel bearing service is done.
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Brake fluid leak?

I had something similar happen with the wheels I had in a Ford Verona (brazilian version of the european Ford Orion). It was a leak on the rear brakes, on that piece that's supposed to expand when you press the brakes - rear brakes were drum brakes, not disc. As brake fluid is very corrosive, it messed up the wheels.

I suppose it can happen in all wheels if he did tire rotations regularly.

Just something to think about.

(well, I am trying my best to translate the terms and make sense out of it, sorry if it's not clear)
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