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Old 05-18-2004, 01:09 AM   #1
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Help On TSB's Or ?? Rear Tire Wear.

I tried the search and either I didn't type in right info or what?

I need help, finding any info on the rear tire wear, alignment specs for the SVT's.
I was washing the car this weekend and noticed both rear wheels were slightly cupped on the inside of the tread?

I remember reading on here? about rear tire wear problems.
I only have 2,100 miles on and getting the wear.

Thanks for any help.


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Old 05-18-2004, 01:51 AM   #2
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There is no recall or TSB for the 03 SVTF by ford or nhtsa for this problem. Get an alighnment. By chance did you change springs on your car? Your car is under warranty so just have it done by your dealer. they should not charge you for it, 12K mile warranty should cover it.
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Old 05-23-2004, 02:02 PM   #3
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Funny you should mention this... I put 8K miles on my new SVT when I noticed that my REAR tires, on a front-wheel drive car mind you, were done; worn out. I didn't understand this. I took my car to Ford, and they said those tires must have been on the front and that I must have rotated them. I told them I haven't touched the car since new. They didn't believe me. Bought 2 new tires ('cause the original stock Continentals on the FRONT were fine, looked brand new actually); had the Continentals put on the rear, and the new Visas put on the front. 4K later, and the brand new looking original Continentals were done! Needless to say, I was fuming mad! Took the car back to Ford again, and again they didn't believe me. They stated that the tires that are wearing out must be on the front. I said, "THIS CAR IS WEARING OUT THE REAR TIRES!" This went on for many visits, and I was ready to sell my car. Well anyway, after all 4 original Continentals were off my car - no more problems. Although the Visas have lasted longer (I now have 23K on my car, and tires are wearing uniformally), they certainly do not perform as well as the softer rubber Continentals; but I don't want to be buying tires every few thousand miles either.

By the way, Ford aligned, and realigned; it was not the alignment, it was the tires themselves.
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Thanks for the post JEGjr
Over on Focal Jet I posted the same question.
A guy was nice enough to answer back with a TSB (03-13-5) Rear Inner Tire Wear.
Date July01/03
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Has some good info in the post.
I also read somewhere about the SVT's have a certain set up , but can't remember where I read it at for the rear??
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I have not had a problem with rear tire wear. The tires currently on the car are the original Conti's and the car has just under 18,000 miles. The FRONT tires on the other hand... they are just about toast, and I'm not one of those over-exuberant people who burns out at every opportunity. They are irregularly-worn, the outside of each front tire is bald while the middle/inside area still has tread. The car is in alignment (or so they claim, and it does track straight and true) and I keep the tires at exactly the recommended pressure. From what I've heard talking to other Focus owners, this is not an unusual problem.

If it makes you feel any better, 350Z owners are experiencing the exact same issues, so it's not necessarily a Ford thing.
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Sounds like somebody is enjoying the twistys / corners a little bit there!! lol
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Yeah the 350z's have the tire feathering problem big pain in the butt for them
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No comment on the twisties.

Actually I rarely ever drive the car, usually only a few hours a day on Saturday and Sunday for my weekend job, so the tire wear is a little unusual, but I figure that's the price you pay for having a tire that's designed more for grip than treadlife. But I do enjoy the twisties if I get the opportunity, it's about the only thing SVT Focus owners have left to be able to brag about.
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