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Old Yesterday, 08:23 PM   #1
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Hit a curb, now makes a growling noise over 30mph from the rear.

So, pulling into work this past week, I encountered some black ice while taking a turn. Wasn't going fast, maybe 15-20, and when i made the turn, was probably going slower. Anyway, I slid and slammed up against the curb, both the rear and front drivers side wheels hitting fairly hard but as I recall about the same time. Knocked my steering all out of whack. Luckily I work very close to a Sears Auto and limped the car over there, about 1/4 mile. They got it on a lift, and you could see the inner and outer tie rod were bent, pretty drastically. They ran an alignment scan showing the drivers front being way off (no surprise) and the toe of the rear drivers wheel being off a little bit.

I had them order the new tie rods from Ford and install them. They re-aligned my car, and re-balanced both wheels that were impacted. ( I had new tires put on just 32 days prior to this, which included balancing and alignment). All-in-all about $320 after taxes and some severely scratched/gouged wheels.

Great news is they got it dialed back in perfect, runs straight as an arrow. No issues there. They have the little computer print out showing all wheels are pointing the same direction and to spec. However at about 30MPH you can hear a droney low growl start to develop, and it increases with speed. At about 60MPH you can hear it over my normal listening radio volume. Gets even louder at 80MPH, but haven't driven it faster.

I've only put 30 miles on it since getting it back, basically just drove it home. Any idea what I could have also whacked out of balance in the rear to cause this drone? It's not really a vibration, but a growl. Since I cannot notice any noise at low speeds, doing sharp turns in a parking lot didn't net me any results.

I'm mechanically inclined, but I do not want to start guessing and throwing parts at it. I'd also realistically have to wait till it warms up to do any work, it's 9 degrees outside now and getting colder!

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What year and model is the car? Disks or drums in the back? With it getting louder with higher speeds leads me to a wheel bearing issue. If you can when your on an empty road or on the highway go fast enough for the noise to occur, then swerve back and forth.... If you swerve right the left rear wheel bearing is bad. Swerve left and the right rear wheel bearing is bad. See if that helps you.

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2013 Focus SE Hatchback. Discs in back.

I'll give it a shot, I'm open to any ideas to try to isolate this.
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Sounds like a bearing to me.

Educated guess though.
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Sounds like a bearing to me.

Educated guess though.
What I'm think also.
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^^^ remember a MkIII collision thread from a long time ago now where that went undiagnosed for a while, same slide into curb with more damage and the wheel bearing went right away afterwards.
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So it looks like when I'm swerving left, the noise tends to lessen, at least the rhythmic vibration hum goes away while going left (fast and hard enough to feel the car seat). Looks like the driver side bearings are toast. The question is now is it the front or back or both.

The drone is definitely resonating in the hatch area because of the bog empty space back there, however I can feel some vibration in the floor board near the gas and break pedals, which leads me to think the front may be bad.

Maybe I should just replace both? I'd rather not have to throw money down where I don't have to, is there a way to isolate this?

The prices for Motorcraft replacements on Rockauto aren't bad, but Moog is expensive. Tilkin parts are cheap, but wonder about the quality.
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My vote is the front bearing after rereading your post.
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Maybe I should just replace both? I'd rather not have to throw money down where I don't have to, is there a way to isolate this?
Just don't wait too long to repair it. You don't want the wheel to lock up at high speed.
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You should replace both, because they were put under a lot of stress in that hit. It may be only one bearing now, but you will be replacing the other later.
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