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Old 03-21-2012, 12:32 PM   #31
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Thanks for the prompt response Geezer. My car has Camber adjustment bolts. I hope to take a closer look this weekend and start ordering parts for the repair. Perhaps toe in will improve somewhat with new control arms, however, I suspect I'll have to adjust the camber regardless. Hopefully the rest of the suspension, front and back, isn't so bad so the repair shop will refuse to attempt 4 wheel alignment! :(
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:45 AM   #32
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rear camber cheapest fix worked for me

I had a 2002 focus wagon with SEVERE rear camber problem. I got ripped off by the former owner he must have put some used tires on it because there was no wear when i bought it but within 1000 km or so it was shredded on the inside edges of the 2 rear tires with steel belting sticking out - it could have easily blown on the highway and killed me! took it to the dealership and they nicely replaced my front springs for free (recall, different issue). Told me the rear camber was way off spec, like 3 deg. or so due to worn springs.

new springs $200 AND control arms were not in the budget for such an old car, The control arm bolts were pretty well seized, so this would have been a very costly fix (time &/or $$$).

So i did some research and found this solution that fixed it perfectly.

MOOG Rear Camber Adjustment Kit (Amazon $65.86)
Product ID: MOOG-K80002
"Problem Solver Alignment Shim; Allows 1/2 to 1 degree of + or - camber adjustment."

I installed these shims but cheated and used both shims to get 1.5 deg. of adjustment i think (memory bad). used threadlocker on the bolts as there was not as much thread biting, but still seemed solid.

then since i needed tires i got tires and a wheel alignment - after that i put at least 60,000 kms on it before i sold the car. all tires wore perfectly normal after that and handling seemed great.

There you have it, cheapest cheap fix for the focus rear wheel camber tire wear issue for 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 wagon.

since the car served me very well after this issue and a timing belt, i just last week upgraded to a 2006 wagon...does anyone know if the 06 can also suffer the rear camber issue? I have a lot of road noise but otherwise it seems perfect.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:19 PM   #33
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It's in the design of the independent rear suspension, they sag to off camber when the rubber bushings loosen up. ALL do it to different degrees, I worked on '60s-'70s Vettes that did the same.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:39 PM   #34
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well, joy. I just replaced a worn wheel bearing on the rear driver side of my "new" 2006 ZXW wagon, and this one also has a negative camber tire wear issue - looks like i'll be adding the moog shim plates front and rear.....sigh. at least i caught it early before burning through a bunch of tires.

I thought they had resolved this issue after 2005 model year.....
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:59 PM   #35
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I thought they resolved it after Tempos, then later after Contours, but alas, no..............

We had hell stopping axle breakage on the rear of the Corvette, big buck Pepe Estrada custom built bulletproof rear center section+ 454 engine+ big drag slicks. Because of the independent suspension, extremely hard to get tire to plant dead flat through the range of suspension travel. We shelled out plenty of gears running that sucker. The rear axles were like 6 inches in diameter and we still broke 'em left and right. Later on in a different incarnation, it got a RWD Dana 60 rear axle and all the trouble pretty much went away. Car ran high 8's 1/4 mi. with a two speed Powerglide.

Nice drag car but when I stop to think of what we butchered up for a drag car, a 1970 454 4 speed Corvette, and what it would bring today......................

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Old 03-28-2013, 10:18 PM   #36
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Don't get it mixed. The real fix is to get rid of the tow first, the camber will not cause this issue on its own.
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EITHER one can cause trouble. If you can read tires the wear pattern differences are evident.
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