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Old 11-23-2007, 08:21 PM   #1
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rattle sound coming from passenger front wheel


I'm new here but have had my focus for a little over a year. I've had a few minor issues with it such as brakes and such but I expected that as I had bought the car used. It is a 2001 LX sedan and now has 61,000 miles on it. Anyways, for the last couple months I have been hearing a rattle coming from the front end on the passenger side. It happens when it is cold first thing in the morning. It will make the rattle when I turn right and then for a little bit as I drive straight. It will go away as the car warms up. Also when it makes this rattle it will vibrate when I make sharp right turns. Once it is warm, it won't vibrate. I finally took the car in for this noise and the mechanic told me that the right front hub bearing was bad and needed to be replaced. I had them replace it and $317 later it still makes the noise! I took the car back to the shop telling them that it makes the noise still, and they claim that it didn't on their test drive and they checked everything underneath the car and it was ok. I don't buy this and can't afford to be replacing everything piece by piece. Does anyone have any ideas what it could be and how expensive the repair might be. I am not mechanically savy, and will have to take it to another shop, but I don't want to be swindled again. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated. PS the frst shop also checked the CV joint supossedly because this is what I thought it might be.

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Yep rattle near front passenger wheel

I have the exact same problem : rattle around 3000 rpm when cold and specially when turning right. I went to two different ford dealerships. They cannot find what it is. A bearing was replaced but that was not it. It's not the heat shield, and nothing else seems loose. Their advice : keep driving it until it gets worse. So much for a professional advice.
Did you ever find out what it was?

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Old 07-27-2008, 10:53 AM   #3
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It was a tie~rod that needed replacing on mine.
Same year, and around the same mileage when the issue started:)
Hope that helps!
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Old 10-16-2008, 03:11 PM   #4
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did the tie rod idea work?

I have the exact problem as explained above. When my car is cold and when I turn right I hear a sound coming from the right wheel. After driving a while the sound goes away.

Did the other 2 guys try the tie rod idea?
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I had a similar issue and replaced the front endlinks... problem solved.
I would hear a clicking sound when I would turn either way. I thought it was something serious. I guess I got lucky.
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:53 PM   #6
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Same problem, I hear a kinda humming sound when I start the car cold,drive the car and when turning right sounds awful . After about 15 mins on the freeway everything is normal. I had snapped off a lug nut on the right side, thought maybe there was vibration from that side. Bought a stud on Sunday to replace ,but when taking the wheel of broke another one. Gave up and drove the car to the dealer to have them replace all four studs . $ 300 dollars later the problem still exits.
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