suspension problems???? i dont know - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > General Technical Chat

General Technical Chat This section is for technical discussions relating to general maintenance, electrical issues, engine trouble, and recalls.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-12-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
sam fisher
I hate dents!
 
sam fisher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Fan#: 103137
Location: royal oak, MI
What I Drive: 2006 silver zx4 ses

Posts: 3,055
Points 4,176, Level 41
Points: 4,176, Level: 41 Points: 4,176, Level: 41 Points: 4,176, Level: 41
Level Up 13% Completed
Level up: 13% Level up: 13% Level up: 13%
Forum Activity 1%
Activity: 1% Activity: 1% Activity: 1%
FF Reputation: 3 sam fisher Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
suspension problems???? i dont know

ok so iv seen other talk about a problem not unlike what i recently started experiencing , and would like some opinions on what going on , so there are clunks coming from both wheelwells , it is MUCH more noticable when going over bumps and turning is the worst . its like when a wheel hits the bump that the clunking happens . also it feels like the car want to swerve when i hit bumps at higher speeds ( anything over 40 ) . its legitimatly scary , and if there is a major problem i want to know what it could possibly be.
my girlfriend takes my car sometimes and i couldnt think what id do if she got hurt in my car.


sam fisher is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-12-2012, 02:08 PM   #2
sailor
Crankshaft
 
sailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Fan#: 57268
Location: Williamsville, NY
What I Drive: 2004 Pitch Black ZTS 2.3 5spd.

Posts: 16,558
Points 11,780, Level 71
Points: 11,780, Level: 71 Points: 11,780, Level: 71 Points: 11,780, Level: 71
Level Up 33% Completed
Level up: 33% Level up: 33% Level up: 33%
Forum Activity 99%
Activity: 99% Activity: 99% Activity: 99%
FF Reputation: 79 sailor Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Three main joints that are common wear items in the front end:

Ball joint - attaches suspension arm to steering knuckle

Tie rod ends (inner & outer) - attach steering rack to steering knuckle. outer end MUCH more common to wear out, and your swerve note points this way

Sway bar links - attach sway bar to struts, most common for rattles going over bumps

Nothing to mess with when you have symptoms that ANY are worn out! One friend of mine who likes to drive things 'till they break recently had a ball joint break, luckily on an off ramp & not still at highway speed. Wheel jammed back against the fender & it skidded to a stop. Bent fender (and door from opening it into the bent fender), ball joint replacement (obviously), new CV axle (pulled out & dragged on road), and a new tie rod end as that was ready to go as well!

Get it checked out right away, or post back for hints on what to look for...

luck!
sailor is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-13-2012, 07:06 PM   #3
pasta
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Fan#: 62350
Location: queens, NY
What I Drive: 2003 eap svt

Posts: 2,143
Points 9,534, Level 65
Points: 9,534, Level: 65 Points: 9,534, Level: 65 Points: 9,534, Level: 65
Level Up 62% Completed
Level up: 62% Level up: 62% Level up: 62%
Forum Activity 43%
Activity: 43% Activity: 43% Activity: 43%
FF Reputation: 5 pasta Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (40)
turn wheel all the way left make full turn then right full turn if you here clunk thats the cv joint repair immedietly
pasta is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-13-2012, 07:41 PM   #4
sam fisher
I hate dents!
 
sam fisher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Fan#: 103137
Location: royal oak, MI
What I Drive: 2006 silver zx4 ses

Posts: 3,055
Points 4,176, Level 41
Points: 4,176, Level: 41 Points: 4,176, Level: 41 Points: 4,176, Level: 41
Level Up 13% Completed
Level up: 13% Level up: 13% Level up: 13%
Forum Activity 1%
Activity: 1% Activity: 1% Activity: 1%
FF Reputation: 3 sam fisher Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by pasta View Post
turn wheel all the way left make full turn then right full turn if you here clunk thats the cv joint repair immedietly
like while driving?

Sent from my N860 using FF Mobile
sam fisher is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2012, 10:30 AM   #5
some-guy
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Fan#: 104223
Location: Queens, NY
What I Drive: 91 Supra Turbo, 00 ZTS

Posts: 9
Points 27, Level 1
Points: 27, Level: 1 Points: 27, Level: 1 Points: 27, Level: 1
Level Up 54% Completed
Level up: 54% Level up: 54% Level up: 54%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 1 some-guy Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by sailor View Post
Three main joints that are common wear items in the front end:

Ball joint - attaches suspension arm to steering knuckle

Tie rod ends (inner & outer) - attach steering rack to steering knuckle. outer end MUCH more common to wear out, and your swerve note points this way

Sway bar links - attach sway bar to struts, most common for rattles going over bumps

Nothing to mess with when you have symptoms that ANY are worn out! One friend of mine who likes to drive things 'till they break recently had a ball joint break, luckily on an off ramp & not still at highway speed. Wheel jammed back against the fender & it skidded to a stop. Bent fender (and door from opening it into the bent fender), ball joint replacement (obviously), new CV axle (pulled out & dragged on road), and a new tie rod end as that was ready to go as well!

Get it checked out right away, or post back for hints on what to look for...

luck!
I have almost exact same symptoms on a 00 focus I picked up not too long ago

Sent from my HTC VLE_U using FF Mobile
some-guy is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2012, 01:02 PM   #6
sam fisher
I hate dents!
 
sam fisher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Fan#: 103137
Location: royal oak, MI
What I Drive: 2006 silver zx4 ses

Posts: 3,055
Points 4,176, Level 41
Points: 4,176, Level: 41 Points: 4,176, Level: 41 Points: 4,176, Level: 41
Level Up 13% Completed
Level up: 13% Level up: 13% Level up: 13%
Forum Activity 1%
Activity: 1% Activity: 1% Activity: 1%
FF Reputation: 3 sam fisher Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by some-guy View Post
I have almost exact same symptoms on a 00 focus I picked up not too long ago

Sent from my HTC VLE_U using FF Mobile
annoying huh . i wish i could just redo the front end with all heavy duty components n stuff . things just keep failing up there

Sent from my N860 using FF Mobile
sam fisher is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2012, 03:22 PM   #7
04ZTSJelf
Focus Addict
 
04ZTSJelf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Fan#: 100701
Location: Central, KY
What I Drive: 04 2.3 Sedan

Posts: 612
Points 1,373, Level 20
Points: 1,373, Level: 20 Points: 1,373, Level: 20 Points: 1,373, Level: 20
Level Up 73% Completed
Level up: 73% Level up: 73% Level up: 73%
Forum Activity 2%
Activity: 2% Activity: 2% Activity: 2%
FF Reputation: 1 04ZTSJelf Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (7)
Might have that same issue.
04ZTSJelf is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 07:18 AM   #8
some-guy
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Fan#: 104223
Location: Queens, NY
What I Drive: 91 Supra Turbo, 00 ZTS

Posts: 9
Points 27, Level 1
Points: 27, Level: 1 Points: 27, Level: 1 Points: 27, Level: 1
Level Up 54% Completed
Level up: 54% Level up: 54% Level up: 54%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 1 some-guy Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Well my problem was DS ball joint, and PS end link. I replaced both LCA and end links. No more noise for the time being.
some-guy is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 10:40 AM   #9
freemind
Vince your Moderator
 
freemind's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Fan#: 67513
Location: Seattle, WA
What I Drive: 2002 ZX3 and a 2010 Focus SE (Work)

Posts: 4,458
Points 6,335, Level 51
Points: 6,335, Level: 51 Points: 6,335, Level: 51 Points: 6,335, Level: 51
Level Up 93% Completed
Level up: 93% Level up: 93% Level up: 93%
Forum Activity 31%
Activity: 31% Activity: 31% Activity: 31%
FF Reputation: 24 freemind Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (23)
You should start replacing the others a little at a time FTW
__________________
133whp-126ftlbsTQ Eclipse CD8443,Eclipse PA5422, JBL GTO751EZ, PPI 356cs(Rebranded A/D/S 346cs), JBL p1024, SubThump enclosure, RAAmat BXT, Damplifier Pro

Hatch Nation #140
Caeci caecos ducentes
freemind is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:19 AM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Audi S3, Ford Fusion and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. Challenger Hellcat - Charger Hellcat