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Old 09-17-2007, 12:44 AM   #1
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2002 Ford Focus SE: noise from the front passenger-side wheel area Options

For my 2002 Ford Focus SE, over the past weeks a noise started that is coming from around my front passenger side wheel.

The odd part is that it only happens in specific situations and at specific times of the day: absolutely bizarre.

What happens is that if I park my car in my work parking lot on a very slight grade, and then leave work late at night when it is cooler outside, when I back my car out of the parking space I hear a rubbing noise from around my front passenger side wheel. When I then pull out of the parking lot, when I hit any slight dips in the road, I will hear the rubbing noise. just during the dip. When I take the first interstate ramp to get on the highway, I will hear noise from the wheel area when I go around the sharp ramp to get onto the interstate. However, from that point forward, and at all other times of the day, the noise goes away. At the same time of the day I can drive from other locations and not hear the noise.

I jacked up my car and pulled on the tire, and the bearing does not
appear to be loose.

Does anyone have any idea what it could be? Or, any other tests I can try to diagnose the problem.


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Old 09-17-2007, 12:49 AM   #2
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No pulling, the ride isn't rough, none of that garbage? Does the noise happen around any other turns? Try turning very sharply to the left or right and see if the rubbing noise occurs. It could be out of alignment or you could have some suspension component that is worn or broken. Also make sure that the wheel well is secure.
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The noise finally reached the point where I could reliably reproduce it. Given it could be almost anything related to the front end suspension, I took my vehicle to a local Ford Dealer and paid for them to diagnose the problem. When the mechanic heard the noise, he immediately said it was the motor mounts.

I replaced the passenger-side motor mount, and the noise is gone :)

It took me less than an hour to replace the passenger-side motor mount.

Thanks for the help.

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Old 10-26-2008, 09:34 AM   #4
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Following This Thread, I Did The Same Thing And The Noise Was Gone. Thanks A Lot !! Unfortunately I Already Spent $500.00 Replacing The Strut, Hub & Bearing And The Links.
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