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Old 04-30-2012, 03:31 PM   #1
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LOUD road noise and vibration at highway speeds.

My wife has a 2010 Focus. I was driving it on the highway this weekend and the passengers and I noticed a lot of road noise and some vibration coming from what seemed like the rear wheels while at highway speeds. Car is fairly new and only has 25k on it, so I'm not sure what it could be. The dealership wants 90 bucks to look at it even though its under warranty.


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Old 04-30-2012, 03:51 PM   #2
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It could be your wheel weights fell off the rim causing the tire to bounce. Our cars do have an alignment issue that is within Ford specs but ant good mechanic will tell you that spec will ruin your tires and cause noise and vibration. I had my mechanic replace the upper rear control arm with an adjustable one so he could adjust the camber to something that won't cause excessive tire wear. What I had was the tire tread cupping, if you run your hand over the tread and it feels uneven and has sharp edges then there is something wrong with the alignment. If you know anybody taht is a mechanic have them look at it for you for an experts opinion.
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Funny thing is I have been battling a vibration and excessive road noise also. I have had this problem for over 8 months. I suspect it is caused from a bad wheel bearing. I have had the dealership look at it, but it is still present.

At the dealership they suspected the tires out of balance. First time after they balanced them, the vibration was still present. Returned to dealership for another re-balance. Still present afterwards. Once again back to the dealership, this time they road force balance all four wheels. Well it was winter and snow was now on the roads. so really getting a good idea of what was road surface vibrations vs possible car vibrations was not obtainable.

Now it is spring. I have just had my tires switched over and balanced (by a very reputable shop) and once again I have the same vibration. It seems to come and go at highway speeds depending on the weight exerted on the tires. Uneven weight distribution whether from the surface of the road or from being pushed into a corner, will cause the vibration to either show its self or go away.

Back off to the dealer in a week or so. Hopefully i can finally get this resolved.
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I currently have a bad front right wheel bearing myself. Usually when one is starting to go bad it will make noise when turning under load and/or become louder the faster you drive. Keep in mind I am not a mechanic, just speaking from experience.
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do the rear tires look anything like this?

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do the rear tires look anything like this?

I just went out and looked,kinda hard to see, its dark. But the tires appeared to be wearing normally.
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I just went out and looked,kinda hard to see, its dark. But the tires appeared to be wearing normally.
did you run your hand across the tread??
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I just replaced my rear tires because of the rear camber issue. I bought an adjustable upper control arm to get the toe and camber to a specification lower tahn what Ford deems good.http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=1038918
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did you run your hand across the tread??
Yes, however they were wet, not that that should matter. Felt fine.
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Well we took the car to a different dealer who agreed to inspect it for free seeing as it is still under warranty. Bad wheel bearing apparently, they are replacing it so hopefully that fixes the problem
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