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08-03-2015 08:35 PM
2003 ZX3 Groaning

Grand daughter has a 2003 ZX3. About 186K on it. Has a groaning noise from 20-55 or so, that dissipates when turning right. Last week changed the sway bar struts. Today swapped out motor mounts and two new front tires. The only real difference is a lighter wallet and I feel better. Groaning is still there. Any suggestions? Thanks
01-19-2015 08:52 PM
FordFocusPOSedition I am having the exact same issue with my 03 Focus. I had recently removed my axle and replaced a rotted Inner CV boot. The bearings on the end of the axle seemed just fine. My issue is exactly identical, any luck discovering the solution?
03-27-2013 11:12 PM
brumar59 I'm definitely going to check the bushings on my sway bar. Thanks for the idea!
03-27-2013 10:56 PM
jvert I had a similar issue with my svt focus. It ended up being my front sway bar bushings. Replaced and now all vibrations are gone. I too changed my sway bar links.
03-27-2013 11:54 AM
bile0026 Again, I would say its probably that axle and it has most likely taken out the bearing by now. I would start there with replacing the axle and bearing.

Groaning brakes can be a number of things including glazed pads (from overheating), improperly broken in brakes, uneven mating surfaces (grooved rotors or pads), and glazed/overheated/heatchecked rotors. Noise in brakes is almost always caused by a vibration. Usually the higher pitched the groan or squeal the faster the vibration. For example if your pads are slipping and grabbing they can groan because of the "vibration" from slipping and grabbing.
03-27-2013 11:32 AM
brumar59 I also have a lot of moaning and low-pitch creaking going on when I break, more when I nearly come to a stop. At first I thought it was just the front driver's side, but it's both sides. Again, my vibration is coming from the front passenger side but I have no idea of the break noise and vibrations are related or just happen to be two different issues. The break noises started some time after the vibrations, so I think they are separate issues (maybe I have cheap pads or excessive break dust?!).
03-27-2013 11:29 AM
brumar59 I'm still torn if the vibration is from the axle or the wheel bearing. I have yet to rotate my wheels to see if anything changes and hopefully rules out the tires themselves as causing the vibration, but if it were the tires, I would think they would make the car vibrate at all times (obviously more at higher speeds) but the vibration changes as I turn my wheels to the left or right.
03-27-2013 11:27 AM
brumar59 Over the weekend, I was ripping around turns and going in circles in an open lot, forward and backward, trying to get my CV joint to click like it did in the past but I got nothing. The other thing I noticed when I was initially hand-checking the tire for wheel bearing play is that as I rotate my tire, the break pads drag on the rotor at a certain point as if the bearing isn't spinning true. I don't think the rotor is warped since it's still pretty thick and in good shape; relatively smooth and all. Could the wobble in my axle I noticed be caused by a wheel bearing if the bearing is somehow messed up or other wise not spinning true?
03-27-2013 11:22 AM
brumar59 Thank You sailor
03-24-2013 04:32 PM
sailor For Extra "looks" & responses, I'm going to move this over to "Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension for you !
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