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Old 12-21-2013, 04:29 PM   #71
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It does have proper tires. It still doesn't like snow. My escort zx2 has some all seasons that only have 25 percent tread left, and it handles better than the focus with brand new tires. The problem is that focus just feels unstable in snow.
I put Blizzaks on mine this year, and have never been so mobile in the snow. The Pirelli all seasons that were on the car when I bought it were crap in snow, and so were the Fuzion HRI all seasons that replaced them. All seasons are far from snow capable tires.
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:10 PM   #72
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I put Blizzaks on mine this year, and have never been so mobile in the snow. The Pirelli all seasons that were on the car when I bought it were crap in snow, and so were the Fuzion HRI all seasons that replaced them. All seasons are far from snow capable tires.
I'd agree. I had new Fuzion HRI's installed on my 01 ZX3 nearly 6 years ago and they were not that fantastic in snow and/or icy conditions. On my Wagon this is the first year I have ever had snow tires, and they are a blessing so far. I ended up getting Firestone Winterforce tires and they are great in the snow.
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Old 12-22-2013, 01:38 AM   #73
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Old 12-22-2013, 01:52 AM   #74
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I'd agree. I had new Fuzion HRI's installed on my 01 ZX3 nearly 6 years ago and they were not that fantastic in snow and/or icy conditions. On my Wagon this is the first year I have ever had snow tires, and they are a blessing so far. I ended up getting Firestone Winterforce tires and they are great in the snow.
Winterforces, Blizzaks and X-Ices are definitely the tires to have for the winter.
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:51 AM   #75
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Hey Friends, I have just got my hands on a Focus 2007 SES, earlier with another family member. before I start using it for myself, I need to check and fix few things, please share your expert advise on the following:
1. Its approx. 35K miles run, and the front bearings make a lot of noise.
2. Its also noisy when ran over a rough road stretch (may be worn out ball joints etc.)
3. looking at the age and miles run, is there anything major I need to check and replace like engine mounting rubbers etc. ?

this will really help me make it to a smooth drive and like my old-new family focus :)

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Old 12-25-2013, 10:37 PM   #76
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Hey Friends, I have just got my hands on a Focus 2007 SES, earlier with another family member. before I start using it for myself, I need to check and fix few things, please share your expert advise on the following:
1. Its approx. 35K miles run, and the front bearings make a lot of noise.
2. Its also noisy when ran over a rough road stretch (may be worn out ball joints etc.)
3. looking at the age and miles run, is there anything major I need to check and replace like engine mounting rubbers etc. ?

this will really help me make it to a smooth drive and like my old-new family focus :)

many thanks!!!
Not likely the front wheel bearings - why do you think this? Our 07 SES has 130,000 miles on it and still running OEM factory wheel bearings. Thumping, thunking, thuding, groaning noises are symptomatic of shock absorber/strut issues. IMNHSO I would start there as a strong possibility for your symptoms.

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Old 12-26-2013, 07:56 AM   #77
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Hey Mike, Thanks for your expert opinion, I have a strong reason to believe you as you own one :)
But I am still not sure if the noise coming from the wheels as the car accelerates could be because of the shock absorbers... lets see, I am planning to visit a near by mechanic and will let you know what he says, anyways I'll have to fix it myself as that's the reason I took this one :)

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I know this sounds silly, but you might want to remove the hub caps and see if the sound goes away. it may be just that simple
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^^ agreed. With the steelies and hubcaps mine always had a plastic rattle sound hitting bumps. Once I switched over to OEM alloys nice and quiet except for that pesky emergency brake cable that squeaks like crazy.
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Tell me more of this squeaking brake cable, I have an intermittent squeak I haven't been able to track down.
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