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Old 03-12-2014, 06:43 PM   #31
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Learned a hard lesson about "Chasing vibrations above 55" on my old car a while back (a Ford, not a Focus),

Must be your tires! Replace those.. Nope
Must be the balance! Get a rebalance.. Nope
Must be a bent rim! Replace those. Nope
I see a little play in your tie rod! Nope
Your front axle half shaft is leaking oil! No

$3,000 later I said it.
This is why shotgunning parts is always a bad idea. take enough shots and you will eventually hit the target, but how much damage gets done to your wallet in the process?

find the problem, and fix it. spending thousands on what 'might' solve the problem is a complete waste of time and money.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:02 PM   #32
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Well I went directly to the dealership to get everything fixed. Didn't want to be without a car for another week plus while the original shop messed around.

They went to balance the tires and they said it would have needed 6.5oz of weight on each tire...

The alignment was so bad on the car that it caused the tires to wear in a crazy pattern, basically you could run your hand over the tread and feel that one part of the tire was 1/8 - 1/4'' higher than the rest.

Didn't replace the tires yet, trying the alignment and crazy weights to balance for now and hoping the tires will wear down to normal after a few miles get on them.

The issue is a little better but far from fixed :(
Here's the OP's quote on tire wear/balance.

Decide whether those are likely to ever roll smooth for yourself.

Hard to tell if the tires are the only problem remaining, the wear & balance issues point to them as a definite problem IMHO.


P.S. - Agree that the "shotgun" approach can be costly. This car was apparently damaged badly, and not being aligned right after initial repair doesn't say much for the quality of that work.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:31 PM   #33
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Here's the OP's quote on tire wear/balance.

Decide whether those are likely to ever roll smooth for yourself.

Hard to tell if the tires are the only problem remaining, the wear & balance issues point to them as a definite problem IMHO.


P.S. - Agree that the "shotgun" approach can be costly. This car was apparently damaged badly, and not being aligned right after initial repair doesn't say much for the quality of that work.
I agree that the quality of work has been sub standard.

I've called about them checking it out again and they give me a run around, I work 9 hour days 6 days a week and I can't take a day off to get the car to them anyway.

So after some more conversations with the dealership they are thinking new tires will fix the problem or at least that's what they are wanting to start with.

I just have a problem investing 650+ dollars on a whim because if its not the tires its the tie rods/axles

If its not the tie rids/axles it COULD be a small crack in a motor mount

If its the motor mount it COULD be something else


I got them to give me a quote to fix EVERYTHING and it was upwards of 5k if everything that COULD be a problem is replaced


Also as of late my car is roaring like I have 33'' mud tires on it and I'm told that its possibly a wheel bearing lol


I loved the car when its perfect, but lately its frustrating
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:34 PM   #34
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So, you are going to let the bank reposes the car because of a vibration? Did I read that correctly? That is an absolutely absurd idea that will negatively impact your credit for years to come.

It is probably too late now, but you should have contacted your insurance company before taking it to the dealership. Any reputable body shop should have had a warranty. Now the only thing you will ever get is a pissing match between the dealership and the body shop, both blaming the other for the problems.

Why ask for advice if you are just going to ignore it and do your own thing?
Was being a little over dramatic lol

I just want the car fixed without dropping 4 to 5 grand on it :(
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Old 03-19-2014, 10:08 PM   #35
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Ok, new tires new alignment new wheel bearings and I'm back to 100% factory feeling/sounding

So I'm fixed for a little under a grand :)
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Ok, new tires new alignment new wheel bearings and I'm back to 100% factory feeling/sounding

So I'm fixed for a little under a grand :)
Yay! Which bearing(s) were bad?
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both on passenger side where the accident happened. I forgot how quiet and smooth the car was supposed to be :)
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Wonderful to hear it's right finally.
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Or the axle half-shaft? GF had that issue and it took them forever to figure out!
Yes, exactly what I had years ago in a Ford Escort. CV axle appeared fine (as in no boot breakage), but after trying many, many things, finally had someone say "CV axle." They were correct.
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Last time I had this problem, it was the tires, so I changed them.. all smooth. I plan to have them check the alignment soon though.
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